Lunchtime Classics returns next Wednesday (August 27th) with LONGLEASH, a piano trio based in New York. Louisville-native John Popham (LYO alum) is the cellist, along with violinist Pala Garcia and pianist Renata Rohlfing. Details here for reserving a seat and lunch.
- Posted by Daniel Gilliam on August 20
Mozart acknowledged how difficult writing for string quartet could be when he dedicated a set to the father of the nascent genre, Joseph Haydn, saying “They are…the fruit of a long and laborious study.” Haydn had created the “string quartet” about 30 years before Mozart’s work in the genre, and others (including Ignaz Pleyel in 1784) had paid similar homage to Papa Haydn.
Our Featured Album this week is Cuarteto Casals playing three of the six quartets dedicated to Haydn, by Mozart. Sample some of Cuarteto Casals’ earlier recordings of Mozart here:
- Posted by Daniel Gilliam on August 12
The visual arts have always inspired composers to create music. Remember Nat King Cole singing “Mona Lisa”? The classical music world is full of works inspired by paintings and drawings. Perhaps the most famous classical piece of this nature is “Pictures at an Exhibition” by Modest Mussorgsky.
German composer Paul Hindemith wrote an opera inspired by a religious altarpiece painted by Matthias Grünewald. Called the “Isenheim Altarpiece,” the Grünewald piece is a series of folding panels that reveal many different scenes. Hindemith took three of the scenes and created a symphony for orchestra from the opera. The title, “Mathis der Maler,” translates as Matthias the Painter.
The first movement is called “Angelic Concert.” The music depicts a concert of angels singing the news of the Christ child’s birth at the nativity. The second movement, “Entombment” is a musical depiction of the bottom panel which remains always visible at the base of the altarpiece below the wings.The third and final movement, “The Temptation of St. Anthony,” shows strange creatures reminiscent of the work of Hieronymus Bosch.
- Posted by Daniel Gilliam on July 24
Classical 90.5′s live music program, Lunchtime Classics, is on summer hiatus. In the meantime, we’ll look back at some notable past performers.
Sixteen-year-old cellist Anne Richardson is a veteran performer on WUOL’s Lunchtime Classics and a past winner of the Classical 90.5 Young Artist Competition. Anne made her solo debut at age ten with the Louisville Orchestra and has gone on to perform with the Blue Ash Montgomery Symphony Orchestra, Bryan Symphony Orchestra, and Massapequa Philharmonic.
Anne is currently enrolled in the Juilliard School Pre-College Division as a student of Richard Aaron. She recently won the Juilliard Pre-College Cello Concerto Competition and then she made her solo debut at Juilliard’s Peter Jay Sharp Theater with the Pre-College Symphony.
Enjoy this past performance from Lunchtime Classics:
And here’s a video from Ms. Richardson playing the first concerto by Saint-Saens.
- Posted by Alan Brandt on July 23
Have you ever created something unique? That’s what Mozart did when he wrote his quintet for piano and woodwinds. It was the first ever quintet that featured those instruments in a group. It became so popular that Ludwig van Beethoven wrote one of his own, with the same instruments, same number of movements and even similar tempos in each movement. (Watch a full performance below)
Mozart himself knew it was something special. In a letter to his father Mozart wrote, ” I have written…a quintet which has been exceptionally well received; – I myself consider it the best thing I have ever written in my life.” Strong words from a master composer!
- Posted by Daniel Gilliam on July 22