Leave It Up For Interpretation

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Saturday, May 05, 2012

This weekend's All Ears focuses on what musicians have interpreted other musicians over the years. Musical interpretations reveal much about a musicians' own voice in reflection of another.  When it comes to voice, musicians really do "say" the darndest things.

We hear pianist Maurizio Pollini's version of Chopin's cradle song Berceuse in D-flat, Op. 57 performed by Maurizio Pollini.  It's a melodic rendition of this soft lullaby, rocking back and forth in 6/8 time.  Pollini's tender playing signals to the sandman.

Interpretations also allow for escape.  Master jazz pianist, Bill Evans was a pioneer in at the piano.  We hear his composition Peace Piece played by a master classical pianist, Jean-Yves Thibauet, sans brushwork accompaniment on the drums.  Bill Evans took a more forceful approach to the keys, navigating away from the melody.  However, as you'll hear, Thibaudet's playing remains rather gentle and stays true to the song's improvisatory form, not veering too far from the melody.

Other interpretations on the show are the Cello Octet Conjunto Iberico's version of Philip Glass's Facades, and violinist Anne Akiko Meyers soulful rendition of Blues by David Baker.  We also hear from gospel singer Mahalia Jackson singing a version of the Traditional Calvary, accompanied by piano, faint wobbling from an electric organ and somber strums from an electric guitar.

How would you interpret someone else's work?  What would you choose?  We'll let you leave it up for interpretation.

 

Playlist:

Manuel Ponce: Estrellita (Little Star)

Virtuosi

Maxim Vengerov, violin

Vag Papian, piano

Angel/EMI

 

Robert Gauldon: Pavane

Eastman-Rochester Orchestra

Howard Hanson, conductor

Mercury

 

Yungchen Lhamo: Gebu Shere

Tungchen Lhamo, vocals

Arve Henriksen, trumpet

Skuli Sverrisson, steel guitar

Jamsbied Sharifi, stick ambience

Real World

 

Frederic Chopin: Berceuse in D-flat, Op. 57

Maurizio Pollini, piano

Deutsche Grammophon

 

Francis Poulence: Preiz pour paix (Pray for peace)

Gerard Souzay, baritone

Dalton Baldwin, piano

Angel/EMI

 

Bill Evans: “Peace Piece”

Jean-Yves Thibaudet, piano

London/Decca

 

Marcus Paus: Trio for Clarinet, Violin and Piano

Zodiac trio

Vanessa Mollard, violin

Riko Higuma, piano

Kliment Krylovskiy, clarinet

Emeritus

 

Egberto Gismonti: Musica para Cordas

Lithuanian State Symphony Orchestra

Gintaras Rinkevicius, conductor

ECM

 

David Baker: Blues

Anne Akiko Meyers, violin

Andre-Michel Schub, piano

RCA

 

Traditional: Calvary

Unknown Ensemble

Mahalia Jackson, vocalist

Columbia

 

Franz Liszt: Via Crucis: Station XIV Jesus wird ins grab gelegt (Last movement)

Accentus

Laurence Equilbey, conductor

Brigitte Engerer, piano

Naïve

 

Kenji Bunch: “Slow Dance”

The Ahn Trio

Angel/EMI

 

Claude Debussy: “Premiere rhapsodie” for clarinet and orchestra

Cleveland Orchestra

Pierre Boulez, conductor

Franklin Cohen, clarinet

Deutsche Grammophon

 

Carlos Chavez: Symphony No. 2, Sinfonia India

New York Philharmonic

Leonard Berstein, conductor

CBS/Sony

 

Philip Glass: “Facades”

Cello Octet Conjunto Iberico

Elias Arizcuren, conductor

Orange Mountain Music

 

Kneji Bunch: Concerto for Piano trio and Percussion

The Ahn trio

Matthew Gold, percussion

Brian Resnick, drum set

Angel/EMI

 

Philip Glass: Closing

La Pieta

Angele Dubeau, violin

Analekta

 

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