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InterHarmony Presents Flights of Fancy, a Cello Recital with Misha Quint and Irina Nuzova at Weill Recital Hall on
January 23, 2016 February 10, 2016 at 8PM
The InterHarmony International Music Festival invites audiences to the next installment of its New York Concert Series, at 8 pm on February 10, 2016, at the Weill Recital Hall. Festival Founder, cellist Misha Quint and pianist Irina Nuzova will present a program of works which push the limits of the cello repertoire, questioning the boundaries between instruments, genres, and cultures. For tickets call CarnegieCharge at 212.247.7800 or buy online at www.carnegiehall.org.
About the Program: Flights of Fancy
Classical music is anything but static. With time, technique and, above all, inspiration, what was once unimaginable becomes a reality on stage. Join Quint and Nuzova as they show how the possibilities of cello music have expanded by incorporating other repertoires and cultures in a search for beauty, wherever it might be. The program features pieces originally written for other instruments (like Schnittke's Suite in an Old Style and the Franck Sonata), music from ballets and operas (Prokofiev's Cinderella and Rimsky-Korsakov's Flight of the Bumblebee), and works of cultural cross-pollination (Rodion Shchedrin's Russian tango, In the Style of Albéniz, and Bruch's Kol Nidrei, which enriched the Romantic idiom with Jewish melodies).
One of the 19th century's most important cellists, Karl Davidov contributed much to the technical wizardry of the Russian school. But his Romance sans Paroles is a work of pure lyricism, an unabashedly romantic melody that stakes the cello's claim to the territory of the human voice itself.
It is unclear what instrument César Franck originally intended for his Sonata in A major; he decided only when he needed a wedding present for his friend, the violinist Eugène Ysaÿe. Still, this sonata, which secured Franck's reputation among audiences and critics, is an even greater success on the cello, due to the drama and contrasting colors of the cello's high and low registers.
Alfred Schnittke's Suite in the Old Style is an elegant collection of five pastoral dance movements, like the Baroque suites of Handel and Bach. It begins with winning naïveté, offering the audience only the slightest of glimpses behind its innocent mask before dissolving into unperturbed beauty again.
In Max Bruch's Kol Nidrei, the cello imitates the rhapsodic voice of a hazzan, chanting the liturgy in the synagogue, a penitential sigh. A German romantic composer from a Lutheran background, Bruch became friends with Abraham Jacob Lichtenstein, the head cantor of Berlin, whose artistry inspired him to incorporate Jewish themes into his own work.
Rodion Shchedrin's In the Style of Albéniz is a tribute to Spanish composer Isaac Albéniz, who, like Shchedrin, synthesized folk traditions with classical music. Without ever explicitly quoting Albéniz, Shchedrin creates "a kind of a 'tangissimo,'" cooking Albéniz's music down to its very essence and amplifying its inherent dramatic into something passionate, free and wild.
Prokofiev excerpted a duet from his popular ballet Cinderella and arranged it for the cellist Alexander Stogorsky. Moving throughout the instrument's range with a variety of textures, from stormy double stops to airy wisps of melody, the emotional intimacy of the duet is transferred to the musicians.
Rimsky-Korsakov's fairy-tale opera The Tale of Tsar Saltan may now be largely forgotten, but The Flight of the Bumblebee from its third act is instantly recognizable. Its frantic flights of fancy, vividly realistic and stunningly difficult, have become practically synonymous with virtuosity.
Davidov (1838 – 1889): Romance sans paroles, Op.23
Franck (1822 – 1890): Sonata for Cello and Piano
Schnittke (1934 – 1998): Suite in the Old Style
Bruch (1838 – 1920): Kol Nidrei, Op.47
Rodion Shchedrin (b 1932): In the Style of Albeniz for cello and piano
Prokofiev (1891 – 1953): Adagio, Op.97bis
Rimsky-Korsakov (1844 – 1908): Flight of the Bumblebee
Misha Quint, cello
Irina Nuzova, piano