Music for a Wayfarer's Journey

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Saturday, July 02, 2011

cornfield at dusk (James Jordan/flickr)

This week Terrance McKnight takes you a musical journey befitting a summer evening, and spanning Philip Glass and Veljo Tormis to singer-songwriter Joan Baez.

Andrew York's Evening Dance for guitar opens the show, setting the stage for Joan Baez and Sharon Isbin performing The Wayfaring Stranger, a melancholic tale of a dark soul's journey through life. Later we hear Miklos Rozsa's Duo for Violin and Piano, which dances between folk melodies and western classical sounds, the sound complementing Baez and Isbin's performance. Rounding out the evening journey, Glass' Orion unites many musical styles and employs ethnic instruments, reminding us that no matter our background or journey, the starry skies help light the way for each one of us.

Other stops along the way include Veljo Tormis' Ingrian Evenings, Reich's Music for Mallet Instruments, Voices and Organ and Robert Schumann's Twilight performed by Don Bryan.

Playlist (in alphabetical order):

Clarice Assad
Violin Concerto in D, Op. 35
Colorado Symphony Orchestra
Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg, violin
Marin Alsop, conductor
NSS Music

Leonard Bernstein
Prelude, Fugue, and Riffs
Columbia Jazz Combo
Benny Goodman, clarinet
Leonard Bernstein, conductor
CBS/Sony

Philip Glass
Orion: The Gambia
Philip Glass Ensemble
Michael Riesman, conductor
Foday Musa Suso, kora
Orange Mountain Music

Steve Reich
Music for Mallet Instruments, Voices, and Organ
Members of the Steve Reich Ensemble
Steve Reich, conductor
Nonesuch

Miklos Rozsa
Duo for violin and piano, Op. 7
Philippe Quint, violin; William Wolfram, piano
Naxos

Robert Schumann
Twilight (Zwielicht)
Don Byron, clarinet & bass clarinet; Uri Caine, piano
Blue Note

Michael Torke
Slate
London Sinfonietta
Kent Nagano, conductor
James Pugliese, xylophone; Edmund Niemann, piano; Nurit Tilles, piano
Argo

Traditional
Shortnin' Bread
Paul Robeson, bass-baritone
Angel/EMI

Traditional
Wayfaring Stranger
Sharon Isbin, guitar; Joan Baez, vocals
CBS/Sony

Andrew York
Evening Dance
Christopher Parkening, guitar
Angel/EMI

Comments [1]

William Martin from New York City

Regarding "Shortin' Bread". It also brought back memories for me. In the early 1940's I performed a cappella the song for my grade-school talent show. Fortunately, I didn't perform it in "black face", because I didn't even know what "black face" was. My mother taught it to me as one of America's folk songs along with "Sweet Betsy from Pike", "Erie Canal", "She'll be Comin' Round the Mountain, and "Jimmy Crack Corn." I'm as English-German as you can get and I never learned that I was better or less than anyone else in America -- just part of America's great multi-cultural quilt. It wasn't until I was judged as being "gay" that I received any backlash. I also loved the stories of Paul Bunyan, Pecos Bill, and Uncle Remus equally. Actually, thinking back, I was very good as the little 8-year-old boy wantin' "shortin' bread".

Jul. 03 2011 12:48 AM

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