Monday, February 27, 2006

Balada, Kirchner, Carter, Babbitt, Turnage and Rihm in Pittsburgh

Fisk, Kremer to appear with chamber group

By Mark Kanny - Wednesday, February 22, 2006
From Pittsburgh-Tribune Review

The Pittsburgh Chamber Music Society will spread the range of its musical offerings for the 2006-07 season, increasing the variety of national styles and the role of modern music.
The opening concert on Oct. 30 features the Miro Quartet with guitarist Eliot Fisk playing Leonardo Balada's "Caprichos" along with music by Hispanic composers Juan Arriaga and Isaac Albeniz.
The Orion String Quartet, which played a memorable cycles of Ludwig van Beethoven's Quartets here three seasons ago, returns on Nov. 27 to feature American composer Leon Kirchner's Fourth Quartet that it recently commissioned, as well as Beethoven's First Razumovsky Quartet.
The Berlin-based Artemis String Quartet makes its Pittsburgh debut on Jan. 29 playing Johannes Brahms Third Quartet and Arnold Schoenberg's Quartet Op. 7.
The highly honored Emerson Quartet brings contemporary German composer Wolfgang Rihm's Fourth Quartet on Feb. 26, along with the rarely heard String Quartet by Norwegian composer Edvard Grieg.
Franz Schubert's glorious String Quintet will be the culmination of the Pacifica Quartet's March 26 concert, for which it will be joined by Paul Katz, longtime member of the Cleveland Quartet. Music by Felix Mendelssohn and Leos Janacek complete the program.
Finally, the Chamber Music Society continues its presentation of chamber orchestras on April 24 with Kremerata Baltica, led by noted violinist Gidon Kremer. The program includes Robert Schumann's Cello Concerto arranged violin and Argentine tango master Astor Piazzolla's "Four Seasons in Buenos Aires."

Pittsburgh Chamber Music Society's 2006-07 season
Oct. 30: Miro String Quartet; Eliot Fisk, guitar
Nov. 27: Orion String Quartet
Jan. 29, 2007: Artemis String Quartet
Feb. 26: Emerson String Quartet
March 26: Pacifica String Quartet; Paul Katz, cello
April 24: Kremerata Baltica; Gideon Kremer, violin and artistic leader



Chamber Music Society's 2006-07 season

By David Patrick Stearns - Wed, Feb. 22, 2006
From the Philadelphia Inquirer

Wed, Feb. 22, 2006

Now planning its 21st season, the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society announced this week its customary 63 concerts in nine venues, from the Kimmel Center's Perelman Theater to the Independence Seaport Museum, for its 2006-07 season.
Many of the most notable events - Mitsuko Uchida playing the Schumann Piano Quintet (Op. 44) with the Brentano Quartet on Nov. 9 or the Juilliard Quartet revisiting Bartok repertoire it helped popularize 50 years ago, on March 13, 2007 - are programs being performed in other cities on tour. However, several events are unique to the chamber music society, such as Philadelphia Orchestra music director Christoph Eschenbach playing piano with the Diaz Trio on Nov. 20 and Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia music director Ignat Solzhenitsyn performing with the Moscow Quartet on Feb. 11.
Return engagements by Philadelphia favorites include pianists Marc-André Hamelin on Jan. 12, Emanuel Ax on March 20, 2007, Richard Goode on April 9, 2007, and Andras Schiff on April 17, 2007. Concerts by Philadelphia-based favorites include performances by pianists Marcantonio Barone on Jan. 14 and Edward Aldwell on Feb. 21, plus clarinetist Ricardo Morales, cellist Efe Baltacigil, and pianist Natalie Zhu collaborating Feb. 12.
The season includes two complete cycles of major repertoire: Though the Juilliard Quartet's concert contains only Bartok's first, third and fifth quartets, the Brentano program will feature String Quartet No. 2 on Nov. 9, Musicians From Marlboro will play String Quartet No. 4 on Nov. 12, and the acclaimed Ysaye Quartet, in its Philadelphia debut, will play Bartok's String Quartet No. 6 on March 8, 2007. Also, Charles Ives' four violin-piano sonatas will be played by Soovin Kim and Jeremy Denk on Jan. 19.
Local premieres include the Orion String Quartet with Leon Kirchner's Quartet No. 4 on Dec. 10, Peter Serkin playing Elliott Carter's Intermittences (with Beethoven's mighty "Hammerklavier" piano sonata) Dec. 12, the Meridian Arts Ensemble with Milton Babbitt's Counterparts on Feb. 2, and the Beaux Arts Trio playing Mark-Anthony Turnage's Slow Pavane on April 4, 2007.
Vocal recitals include mezzo-sopranos Stephanie Blythe on Dec. 4 and Joan Morris on Dec. 16, baritones Thomas Allen on March 30, 2007, and Matthias Goerne (with Eschenbach) on May 14, 2007, plus soprano Angelika Kirchschlager on April 13. The most singular event is guitarists John Williams and John Etheridge (the former classical, the latter blues) playing West African music April 18, 2007.

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