Weekly Magazine

THIS WEEK

MONTEREY SYMPHONY goes oceanic courtesy Ben Britten’s Peter Grimes Sea Interludes, Jacques Ibert’s Ports of Call, Jean Sibelius’ Oceanides and Claude Debussy’s La mer. THE TEMPEST TRIO (above) plays Beethoven’s “Archduke” and Mendelssohn in Santa Cruz. ENSEMBLE SAN FRANCISCO comes to Aptos and the Santa Cruz Chamber Players. THE BAD PLUS returns to Kuumbwa. PAULA POUNDSTONE sharpens her standup improv chops at the Rio in Santa Cruz. For links to these and dozens of other live performance events, click on the display ads, left, or on our CALENDAR

SURVEY: “MUSICAL PARALYSIS” BY AGE 28

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ATONAL BLUEGRASS

HILARIOUSLY clever.

 

FRONTIER OF CHORAL MUSIC

ROOMFUL OF TEETH is leaving traditional choral music composition in the dust. Composer Caroline Shaw, one member of the vocal octet, won the Pulitzer Prize in 2013 for Partita (below) and heard a commissioned world premiere of hers at the Carmel Bach Festival in 2014. Other members, regulars at the Bach, are bass-baritone Dashon Burton (click HERE) and Estelí Gómez (click HERE). To see and hear Shaw and ROT, click HERE  

 

THE HYPERTRAGIC NOTCH

2019 MARKS the 40th anniversary of these recordings of rarely heard sonatas, originally issued by Musical Heritage Society on vinyl. At the time, Marcy Rosen was 22. She remains active as a performer and teacher. Pianist Susan Walters has pursued a long career as an orchestral pianist for several eminent dance and ballet companies. The youthful Strauss sonata—he was 18—bears the unmistakable fingerprints of the mature orchestral and opera composer, albeit hewing much closer to the classical models of Mendelssohn and Brahms. The Grieg sonata—he was 40 and in poor health—was outside his comfort zone, yet here too the music could have been written by no other since it harkens back to earlier works. The ambitious first movement comes into focus after a difficult beginning. The second movement recycles a famous melody from Grieg’s Sigurd Jorsalfar homage march. More of the composer’s familiar dance music appears in the finale. Ultimately, Grieg did not consider the sonata to have marked “a forward step in my development.” The recording, made at the SUNY Purchase Recital Hall, sounds as fresh and vibrant as anything being produced today. The playing by both artists sparkles.

YES, THAT WAS WARHOL EATING A WHOPPER

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OSCAR PETERSON PIANO LESSON

HE SHOWS Dick Cavett how it’s done, in several different styles.

 

FOLLOW UP TO ‘ORIGINS OF THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE’

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ALBERT FINNEY, 1936-2019

IF YOU MISSED IT, be sure to see him in 1994’s A Man of No Importance.

 

REVIEW

BRENTANO QUARTET with pianist Yekwon Sunwoo. Click HERE  

NEXT WEEK

CATALYST QUARTET to play Sunset Center. SANTA CRUZ SYMPHONY features cellist Jonah Kim. MPC THEATRE to open its new Romeo & Juliet. CHOREOGRAPHERS’ SHOWCASE at SpectorDance in Marina.

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Scott MacClelland, editor; Rebecca CR Brooks, associate editor