To Applaud or Not to Applaud, That is the Question

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This week on All Ears, Terrance McKnight journeys through a variety of works that, without interruption, could potentially be performed as a suite, or even seen as an opera.

We begin with J. Robert Bradley's rendition of Poor Pilgrim of Sorrow. Bradley takes this simple, expressive tune and transports us on a journey through the life of someone who has lost all hope. Without breaking the momentum, we segue into Gymnopedie No. 1 by Eric Satie. In Satie's work, the sweet melody in the violins provides respite after a tumultuous performance by Bradley.  

Continuing on the evening's journey, we hear Amy Beach's Ballade No. 6, Hazel Scott's Blues in B Flat, and J.S. Bach's Prelude and Fugue in D, BWV 8. Despite their varying styles, all three possess a certain refined elegance, combined with a joy and lightheartedness that unites them.  
 
After the music of Bach, we proceed to Edgar Myer's Double Bass Concerto in D. Meyer's concerto blends both classical and folk music traditions, as he is well versed in a variety of styles.  It also offers a unique, seamless blend of influences in the form of a concerto.
 
We return to dancing between styles with piano works including Three Waltzes by Lou Harrison, Charles Mingus' I Can't Get Started and Bohuslav Martinu's rhythmic, ragtime-inspired Black Bottom. We also hear Gunther Schuller's virtuostic Quartet for Double Basses in addition to Gesange des Harfners by Schubert.
 
As the evening winds down, the show comes to a nocturnal close with a little night music. Terrance presents Night Time by Sebastian Currier, Nikolay Medtner's Three Nocturnes, ending with Meredith Monk’s Nightfall for 16 Voices.
 
If you were to hear a concert of this music, would you applaud between every piece, or do you feel that would break the momentum of the program? Please share your thoughts in the comments box below.

Playlist: 

Poor Pilgrim of Sorrow
Traditional
J. Robert Bradley
Shanachie

Gymnopedie No. 1
Erik Satie
Orpheus Chamber Orchestra
Deutsche Grammophon

Ballade, op. 6
Amy Beach
Kirsten Johnson, piano
Guild

Blues in B flat
Hazel Scott
Hazel Scott, piano
Classics Records

Das Wohltemperierte Clavier, Book One: Prelude and Fugue no 5 in D major, BWV 8
Johann Sebastian Bach
Andrei Vieru, piano
Alpha

3 x 3, no. 1
Giancarlo Vulcano
Giancarlo Vulcano, guitar
Yvonne Troxler, piano
Romulo Benavides, violin
Enid Blout, clarinet
Innova
 

Double Bass Concerto in D
Edgar Meyer
Edgar Meyer, double bass
Hugh Wolff, conductor
St. Paul Chamber Orchestra
CBS/Sony

Gesange des Harfners
Franz Schubert
Thomas Quasthoff, bass-baritone
Charles Spencer, piano
RCA

Three Waltzes
Lou Harrison
Michael Boriskin, piano
Koch

I can't get started
Charles Mingus
Charles Mingus, piano
Impulse

Black Bottom, H. 165
Bohuslav Martinu
Giorgio Koukl, piano
Naxos

Quartet for Double Basses
Gunther Schuller
Robert Oppelt, double bass
Richard Barber, double bass
Jeffrey Weisner, double bass
Ali Yazdanfar, double bass
MSR

Night Time
Sebastian Currier
Marie-Pierre Langlamet, harp
Jean-Claude Velin, violin
Koch

Three Nocturnes, Op. 16
Nikolay Medtner
Laurence Kayaleh, violin
Paul Stewart, piano
Naxos

"Nightfall"
Meredith Monk
Musica Sacra
Richard Westenburg, conductor
Catalyst