Though frequently used to express a level of commitment, the word devotion has stronger connotations than some might realize. While some individuals might associate devotion with religious implications, others might be reminded of commitment and loyalty to someone or something. This week on All Ears, Terrance McKnight connects the concept of devotion that artists express through their music.
To set the stage this week, baritone Rene Pape performs Zueignung (Dedication) by Richard Strauss. Speaking of dedication, we hear the brilliant Simone Dinnerstein performing Bach's French Suite No. 5 in D Major. Through her commitment to the music of Bach, Dinnerstein has rapidly established herself as a respected artist. But that's not the only thing she's committed to. Simone directs "Neighborhood Classics," a concert series at P.S. 142 and P.S. 321 in New York that serves students and families.
The road to devotion often isn’t a cakewalk, as Bessie Smith tells us in "Hard Drivin' Papa," a tale of an oppressed wife and her insolent husband. Beethoven's dedication to his art was so unyielding, that through his mental and physical ailments, he continued to strive for artistic excellence. We hear his musical telling of unrequited love in Adelaide Op. 46.
Also up this week: music by Jacques Loussier, Philip Glass, Gabriel Faure and much more.
Weigh in: Is there someone or something in your life that you’re devoted to?