This week on All Ears, Terrance McKnight highlights enigmatic works by Marjan Mozetich, Arvo Pärt and Valentin Silvestrov.
Composed in one movement, the title of Valentin Silvestrov's Misterioso is realized equally by the breathy sounds of the clarinet and the dissonant harmonies in the piano. Through intangible clarinet timbres and intrusive piano writing, Silvestrov alludes to an entity that is perhaps present but imperceptible. Arvo Pärt treks through eastern and western worlds in Orient and Occident, drawing on eastern harmonies and scales. Pärt's frequent use of the unison strings creates an illusive, chant-like sound. In combining musical concepts of two worlds, Pärt's alluring composition conjures dark images of an extrinsic place.
Marjan Mozetich invites his listeners to imagine what he describes as "a world of self-inflicted destruction of our surroundings" in Lament in the Trampled Garden. In four movements, Mozetich's work for string quartet depicts the fear, loneliness and sorrow of mourners. After three movements of such emotional intensity, repose arrives in the closing of the work, in which the opening melody of lamentation is recalled.
Also on this enchanted evening, Thelonious Monk's Misterioso, Guy Klucevsek's Stolen Memories and much more.
Playlist (In alphabetical order):
Cello Octet Conjunto Iberico
Elias Arizcuren, conductor
Orange Mountain Music
Quartet San Francisco
Aaron Jay Kernis
"Still Movement with Hymn"
Pamela Frank, violin; Paul Neubauer, viola; Carter Brey, cello; Christopher O'Riley, piano
Guy Klucevsek, accordion; Sara Parkins, violin; Margaret Parkins, cello; Achim Tang, bass
Lies You Can Believe In
Unknown string trio
Marcus Roberts, piano
Lament in the Trampled Garden
Penderecki String Quartet
Orient and Occident
Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra
Tonu Kaljuste, conductor
Three Hymn Anthems
Harvard University Choir
Murray Forbes Somerville, conductor
Dino Saluzzi, bandoneon; Anja Lechner, cello
Kyrill Rybakov, clarinet (& piano)