To Applaud or Not to Applaud, That is the Question

This show originally aired January 22, 2011

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Saturday, March 12, 2011

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.


Poor Pilgrim of Sorrow
J. Robert Bradley

Gymnopedie No. 1
Erik Satie
Orpheus Chamber Orchestra
Deutsche Grammophon

Ballade, op. 6
Amy Beach
Kirsten Johnson, piano

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

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

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

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

Three Waltzes
Lou Harrison
Michael Boriskin, piano

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

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

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

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

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

Meredith Monk
Musica Sacra
Richard Westenburg, conductor

Comments [1]

rj from li

Deja vu all over again! I know this programme has been on before, not too long ago. Anyway, it is a welcome second "listen" and I applaud your programme. That being said, I agree, as I did before - sometimes you just want to sit there after hearing a piece and just wallow in the mood it put you in, without interruption. Applause almost seems crude at times (but then, again, how often have we done it to others as we applaud without knowing this experience is special to them!)o.

Mar. 14 2011 06:19 PM

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