This edition of All Ears was programmed days before the passing of Madiba (Nelson Mandela) but some striking connections arose as we put the final touches on the evening.
The program opens with "Calvary," an American spiritual bred on Southern plantations that represents the trajectory of a pilgrim's journey – life, despair, afterlife. The spiritual speaks of the love that Jesus had for the oppressed and to the hope of a downtrodden individual or people.
Jordi Savall has made a career of exploring centuries of Jewish music. We hear his recording of Jerusalem, a City of Pilgrimage a traditional Hebrew work that bears a direct sonic relationship with the American spiritual "A Poor Pilgrim of Sorrow," sung by J. Robert Bradley.
Each week, All Ears aims to demonstrate how music connects the range of human experience and emotion over centuries and across cultures.
Mahalia Jackson, vocalist
Quartet No. 1 based on Calvary (Negro Spiritual) Coleridge Taylor Perkinson
New Black Music Repertory Ensemble Quartet
Marcus Roberts, piano
Tango Seen from Ground Level
Alan Feinberg, piano
Morango...Almost a Tango
Thomas Oboe Lee
Three Cornered Hat
Manuel De Falla
Lorin Maazel, conductor
Poor Pilgrim of Sorrow
J. Robert Bradley
Jerusalem, a City of Pilgrimage, 383-1250
Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra
Esa-Pekka Salonen, conductor
Helene Grimaud, piano
Swedish Radio Choir
Les Indes galantes: Les Fleurs ballet
Les Arts Florissants
William Christie, conductor
Fantasie for Oud and String Quartet
Simon Shaheen, oud
Mark Pisconoff, violin
Ashley Horne, violin
Midhat Serbaji, viola
Tomas Ulrich, cello
Jamie Haddad, mangolian frame drum