Our ears are moved by music, just as our eyes adjust to varying degrees of light and dark. Music's ability to set or altar our mood instantly creates within ourselves curiosity about the world. There's always a chance for adaptation and inspiration.
This week we hear Alan Hovaness's Prayer featuring Chris Gekker on trumpet with Richard Audolon Clark leading the Manhattan Chamber Orchestra. An orchestra of voices in WQXR's Greene Space spins out of nothingness from Yunchen Lhamo. She improvises with her own audience, raising the pitch of the piece almost a whole step. The point of that exercise was adaptation -- a type of communal elevation through group participation.
Also on the program is pianist John Salmon's version of Dave Brubeck's Strange Meadowlark, alongside Ravel's Sonata for Violin and Cello played by violinist Frank Peter Zimmermann and cellist Heinrich Schiff. Nino Rota's Variations and Fugue on the name Bach showcases mood alterations.
And, we hear Artur Rubenstein playing Albeniz's Navarra. Rubenstein was a pianist who adapted nightly practice and performing habits only after he was married, adapting his music making to night and day.
In what music do you hear yourself, and how do you appreciate its mood altering effects?
Yungchen Lhamo: Improvisation No. 2
Yungchen Lhamo, Vocals
Alan Hovhaness: Prayer of Saint Gregory
Manhattan Chamber Orchestra; Richard Auldon Clark , Conductor; Chris Gekker, trumpet
Prayer of St Gregory
Dave Brubeck: Strange Meadowlark
John Salmon, piano
Maurice Ravel: Sonata for Violin and Cello
Frank Peter Zimmermann, piano; Hank Schiff, cello
Sonata for Violin and Cello
Isaac Albeniz: Navarra
Arthur Rubenstein, piano
Heitor Villa-Lobos: Bachianas Brasileiras No. 5 : Aria
Manuel Barrueco, guitar; Barbara Hendricks, piano
No. 5 Aria
Nino Rota: Variations and Fugue on the name of Bach
Danielle Laval, piano
Scott Johnson: How It Happens: Soliloquy
Kronos Quartet, I.F. Stone, speaker
How it Happens: Soliloquy
Johann Sebastian Bach: Cantata, “Ich Habe Genug” BWV 82
Members of the RIAS Chamber Choir Rainer Kussmaul, violin and director; Thomas Quasthoff, bass-baritone; Albrecht Mayer, oboe; Berlin Baroque Soloists
Ich Habe Genug; BWV 82
Steve Reich: Different Trains: America- Before the War
Astor Piazzolla: Five Tango Sensations:Loving
Kronos Quartet; Astor Piazzolla, bandoneon
Five Tango Sensations: Loving