PERFORMS THIS SATURDAY IN CARMEL in a program of Dvořák, Lowell Liebermann and Mendelssohn. You can preview their premiere performance of the Liebermann in 2013 in Tucson, HERE
Trio Solisti’s new two-CD Bridge release includes the Piano Trio in A Minor by Tchaikovsky, composed in memory of his mentor Nicolai Rubinstein who had unexpectedly died at age 45. Its first movement it titled “Pezzo Elegiaco” and is built upon one of Tchaikovsky’s most haunting themes, though two more themes are arguably as memorable. The longer second movement is a theme with 12 variations. When Rachmaninov, the teenaged student, transferred from the St Petersburg Conservatory to the Moscow Conservatory he soon came to the attention, and later enthusiastic advocacy, of Tchaikovsky, 33 years his senior. Following Tchaikovsky’s death in 1893, Rachmaninov, then just 21, returned the homage in his Piano Trio in D Minor later that year and used the Tchaikovsky trio as a formal template. Its first two movements demonstrate a fully formed artist whose skill and vision would echo throughout his creative life. (The short third movement is something of an overreach.) The influence of Tchaikovsky is obvious. Indeed, when the younger composer was only 19 he composed a piano trio in G minor. Tchaikovsky is no less palpable in that student work. Rachmaninov titled both works “Trio élégiaque.” (The D Minor trio was later twice revised.) This new account of all three trios offers a case-study of how an older master profoundly affected a younger one.
FREE REHEARSAL AND MASTER CLASS
TRIO SOLISTI will rehearse their Carmel program on Friday at 7pm, and conduct a Master Class for the Youth Music Monterey County Chamber Players at 7:30pm, at Unitarian Universalist Church, 490 Aguajito Road (near Highway 1 and Holman Highway) in Monterey.
SIX STAGE PRODUCTIONS OPEN THIS WEEK
ROSSINI’S comic masterpiece Barber of Seville at the Santa Cruz Symphony and a cast of six opera veterans of the Met, San Francisco and other major companies. Plus theater at UC Santa Cruz, Cabrillo College, Monterey Peninsula College, Stevenson & York Schools. For details and links, click our CALENDAR
NOVEMBER 1 & 2
CARLOS SANTANA, the rock star, not the Chicago Cub, is interviewed by his son Salvador on Mexican character and immigration reform in the US.
A CHAMBER OPERA addressing one of the most critical human rights issues of our time: human trafficking. Based on true events, Cuatro Corridos is a story of women trapped in a cycle of prostitution and slavery in and around the San Diego/Tijuana border region and represents a collaboration between internationally acclaimed Mexican and US-based creative artists. Premiered in 2013, Cuatro Corridos has earned the support of major philanthropic organizations and widespread critical acclaim in the United States and Mexico. The four corridos represent the same horrors from four different points of view, composed respectively by Hebert Vázquez, Arlene Sierra, Lei Liang and Hilda Paredes to a libretto by Jorge Volpi, and performed by celebrated and adventurous soprano Susan Narucki and an ensemble of guitar, piano and percussion. Each composer has created a vivid psycho/musical portrait of one of four women, ranging from folk tunes to terror and panic and, in the last case, murder. Corridos are ballads of a folkloric character that, in this case, deliver a very dark yet urgent message. The accompanying CD insert contains the words in both Spanish and English. Highly recommended.
IMMORTAL MARTY ROBBINS and the wicked Felina. (Originally from 1959)
DYNAMIC, kinetic sculpture in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Click HERE
THE JAMES DEAN OF CLASSICAL PIANO
WILLIAM KAPELL was already acclaimed as one of the greatest living pianists in his early 20s. Flying on CBPA Flight to San Francisco after an Australia concert tour in 1953, the DC-6 airliner crashed in the mountains of San Mateo County, killing all 19 on board. Kapell was 31. Though he made numerous studio recordings, here is the only film of him known. He is introduced by Alistair Cooke.
SANTA CRUZ CHAMBER PLAYERS and YOUTH MUSIC MONTEREY. Click HERE
CLOUD 9 in Salinas. Click HERE
Scott MacClelland, editor; Rebecca RC Brooks, associate editor