Elliott Forrest co-hosts with Chamber Music Society's Co-Artistic Director David Finckel, a weekly hour of live performances from the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. This week features an all-Bach program, including two keyboard concertos with soloist Jeremy Denk.
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Hosted by Elliott Forrest, with commentary by the performers and Chamber Music Society's Co-Artistic Director David Finckel, these programs are recorded live by The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, and produced by WQXR. The CMS radio series is syndicated by the WFMT Radio Network, heard on more than 60 commercial and non-commercial stations across the U.S. Broadcasts and carried locally on WQXR.
Monday, November 25, 2013
Elliott Forrest hosts a weekly hour of live performances from the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. This week's program features Rachmaninoff’s suites for two pianos.
Monday, November 18, 2013
The Chamber Music Society, this week, combines the work of two very different composers, each beloved in his own time and place, into a coherent whole. In Benjamin Britten’s Canticle, in which two singers tell the biblical story of Abraham and Isaac, he not only captures the essence of Abraham’s predicament, but does it with the quintessential English voice that made him — in the opinion of many — the greatest English composer of the modern age. An early piano trio by Antonin Dvorák, who at the time was striving to perfect his craft to the standards of his German mentor Johannes Brahms, nevertheless breathes the unmistakable Bohemian air that still transports Dvorák’s listeners to the Town Square of the composer’s beloved home, the city of Prague.
Monday, November 11, 2013
From its home in New York's Alice Tully Hall, the Chamber Music Society this week presents a program of works by by Prokofiev and Shostakovich.
Monday, November 04, 2013
This concert's pairing of music by the two great Romantic composers, Robert Schumann and Hugo Wolf, is a fascinating and delightful musical experience in more ways than one. First, works by Schumann bookend the program with two of his most popular chamber works, each containing some of the most lyrical, memorable melodies you will hear anywhere.
In the middle, we hand the vocal responsibilities over to the estimable baritone Thomas Hampson, as he explores, with the Jupiter String Quartet, arrangements of extraordinary songs by the late German romantic composer Hugo Wolf. Separated from Schumann by a couple of generations, Wolf nevertheless carried the same romantic torch and, like Schumann, he suffered from turbulent mental states that easily emerge in his inventive and passionate music.
Monday, October 28, 2013
This week's Chamber Music Society features an all-Bach program that includes one of the monumental suites for solo cello and the delightful vocal work popularly known as the "Coffee" Cantata.
Monday, October 21, 2013
Shostakovich’s chamber works represent the more private, personal and often experimental facets of his musicianship, as heard on tonight's program with the Jerusalem Quartet.
Monday, October 14, 2013
The Jupiter String Quartet performs music by George Gershwin, Samuel Barber and Felix Mendelssohn.
Monday, October 07, 2013
A new season of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center begins with an all-Mozart program featuring his sonata for violin and piano and one of the great viola quintets. While Mozart's music can come across as elegant, perfect and sublime, there are also works filled with searing intensity and heart-gripping melancholy. There is yet another Mozart, whose joy is unbridled, whose playfulness is childlike, who inspires optimism, confidence, and renewed faith in the human spirit.
Sunday, March 17, 2013
Middle Europe has always been a kind of melting pot, as well as a crossroads through which travelers passed, bringing with them, and often leaving, influences of foreign lands and cultures. As a result, the culture of Eastern Europe is extraordinarily rich and has produced some of the world’s most important and powerful art. Its music is perhaps the greatest example, with composers from the Czechs Smetana and Janacek, to the Hungarians Bartok and Kurtag, creating in notes languages as expressive as their own mother tongues.
Sunday, March 10, 2013
This week, the Chamber Music Society features music for flute and piano by Dutilleux, violin and double bass by Bottesini and clarinet and strings by Weber.
Sunday, March 03, 2013
In this special concert, we hear miniatures by Joachim and by his friends, and also the landmark piano quintet by Robert Schumann. Among the featured performers is violinist Daniel Hope.
Sunday, February 24, 2013
The Chamber Music Society takes a special delight in programming the rich and wonderful literature for voice and piano alongside its many instrumental offerings. In this week's program, you will hear a lot of very colorful music from two composers whose languages were as distinct as their nationalities.
Sunday, February 17, 2013
“From the sublime to the ridiculous” would not be an insulting title for this program, especially when you know that the Russian avant-garde composer Alfred Schnittke would have gladly accepted the responsibility for the ridiculous element, Chamber Music Society's Co-Artistic Director David Finckel says to introduce this week's program.
Sunday, February 10, 2013
Sometimes, two players are all that’s needed for some extraordinary chamber music and this program from the Chamber Music Society sets out to prove that point.
Sunday, February 03, 2013
The music that Beethoven composed at the outset of his career can at times sound like Mozart or Haydn. However, there are always events, even in these early works, that could have only been conceived by someone who was destined to change the course of his chosen art form forever.
Sunday, January 20, 2013
The Chamber Music Society program this week features the flavors of Spain with works by the composers Joaquin Turina and Maurice Ravel, one Spanish and the other heavily Spanish-influenced, respectively.
Sunday, January 13, 2013
"Some of my very favorite music is the kind which makes me sit up straight and pay close attention, because it is either so beautiful, so riveting, or so full of surprises," Chamber Music Society Co-Artistic Director David Finckel says in this week's program.
Such is the music on this concert from the Chamber Music Society, which pairs works of equal intensity composed in two opposite musical languages.
Sunday, January 06, 2013
This week's program pairs two composers not only from the same stylistic period, the Romantic age, but who also lived in the same city for some time and were good friends. Mendelssohn and Schumann, two of the most famous and popular musicians of their day, enjoyed mutual admiration and companionship during the years that the Schumanns, Robert and Clara, lived in Leipzig, where Mendelssohn was director of not only the Gewandhaus Orchestra, but also had started the Leipzig Conservatory, where he recruited Robert Schumann as a teacher of composition.
Ultimately, both composers died of broken hearts, but for now, enjoy their music which came from joyful and productive periods of their creative lives.
Sunday, December 30, 2012
This week’s Chamber Music Society program brings you works of two composers who are musical household names, Mendelssohn and Beethoven, and a major work by a composer of lesser renown, Johann Hummel.
Sunday, December 23, 2012
This week’s program’s title, Mozart and Stravinsky, sets up a scenario that at first glance might seem to be a contentious one, however, the music of Stravinsky and Mozart share many similarities. Both composers were supreme craftsmen, employing only the essentials to achieve their musical goals. Both had keen senses of humor and like to provoke listeners with surprises.
The program features Mozart’s “Dissonance” Quartet with the Orion String Quartet and Stravinsky’s Divertimento for Violin and Piano with violinist Ida Kavafian and pianist Anne-Marie McDermott.