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.



Manuel Ponce: Estrellita (Little Star)


Maxim Vengerov, violin

Vag Papian, piano



Robert Gauldon: Pavane

Eastman-Rochester Orchestra

Howard Hanson, conductor



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



Bill Evans: “Peace Piece”

Jean-Yves Thibaudet, piano



Marcus Paus: Trio for Clarinet, Violin and Piano

Zodiac trio

Vanessa Mollard, violin

Riko Higuma, piano

Kliment Krylovskiy, clarinet



Egberto Gismonti: Musica para Cordas

Lithuanian State Symphony Orchestra

Gintaras Rinkevicius, conductor



David Baker: Blues

Anne Akiko Meyers, violin

Andre-Michel Schub, piano



Traditional: Calvary

Unknown Ensemble

Mahalia Jackson, vocalist



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


Laurence Equilbey, conductor

Brigitte Engerer, piano



Kenji Bunch: “Slow Dance”

The Ahn Trio



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



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



Philip Glass: Closing

La Pieta

Angele Dubeau, violin



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