Episode #557

Milan Turkovic, bassoon; David Shifrin, clarinet; Shai Wosner, piano

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Sunday, September 18, 2011

Trio Bel Canto: Acclaimed bassoonist Milan Turkovic doesn't think about the keys on his instrument when he performs—he listens instead for its natural voice. That way “it's like singing,” he says, “because the human voice is the most natural instrument we have.” This week Mr. Turkovic is joined by two celebrated friends who share the same vision: clarinetist David Shifrin and pianist Shai Wosner. In addition to a heart-on-sleeve trio by Beethoven, the performers will play another work that fits their lyrical approach just as beautifully—Mikhail Glinka's Trio Pathètique in d minor. The Russian composer’s enduring passion for Italian opera graces each phrase. Listen in for some exquisite instrumental bel canto.

Program Details:

Ludwig van Beethoven: Trio No. 7 in B-flat major, Op. 11

—I. Allegro con brio

—II. Adagio

—III. Allegretto. Tema: Pria ch'io l'impegno

Mikhail Glinka: Trio Pathétique in d minor


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