NEW YEAR’S DAY
THE CHERRY TRIO played early baroque at the Cherry Center in Carmel. I love to hear new music—new to me anyway—from any era or place. With just one exception, their Baroque program was in fact all new to me. The opening round from Henry Purcell’s Abdelazer suite is well-known as the theme of Benjamin Britten’s Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra. Dominated by chamber works of Purcell, the program, deployed for harpsichord, violin and viola da gamba, was executed by, respectively, Katie Clare Mazzeo, Elizabeth Gaver and Penny Hanna. The strings were played without vibrato and the harpsichord uncooperatively drifted out of tune. But the audience that filled the largest room of the Cherry Center enjoyed the festive spirit and play between the performers. Gaver and Hanna added their voices to the amusing Angler’s Song of 1658 with words by Isaak Walton and music by Henry Lawes. A suite by Francois Couperin finished the printed program. But the most haunting moment was Jehan Chardevoine’s “Une jeune fillette” of 1576 as Hanna sang the lament of a girl forced into a nunnery and her heartbroken plaint to her exiled lover. (Photo by Hans-Hinrich Thedens)
GLENN GOULD SINGS MAHLER
TO COWS (they liked it) and elephants (they didn’t.) Click HERE
MICHAEL CHURCH’S new book on non-Western classical music traditions, reviewed in The Economist. Click HERE
ANNUAL SANTA CRUZ ACTORS’ THEATRE OPENS
THIS YEAR’S month-long 8 TENS @ EIGHT festival opens this weekend. Find a link on our CALENDAR.
FROM LAST WEEK: The inside of an acoustic guitar. Now where to put the furniture?
PERFORMING ARTS PEOPLE
ROBERT AND MARTHA DANZIGER of Carmel, a composer and a writer, spark and complement each other’s creativity. Click HERE
Scott MacClelland, editor