by Daniel Hathaway
The Cleveland Orchestra debuted Bonus Episode 1 of its In Focus series last night, featuring pianist Mitsuko Uchida in Schubert’s Sonata in C and the Orchestra in Mozart’s String Serenade Eine kleine Nachtmusik. The former is a live performance captured in London’s Wigmore Hall last month, and the latter was recorded in Severance Hall last fall. The programs remain available on-demand on the Adella platform.
Cleveland Chamber Music Society has posted the latest Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center Front Row National program featuring pianist Gloria Chien, violinists Benjamin Beilman and Sean Lee, violist Richard O’Neill, and cellist Narek Hakhnazaryan. The free program, John Field’s Nocturne No. 2, Liszt’s Grand duo concertante ‘Le Marin’ & Mendelssohn’s Quartet in c, Op. 1, remains available on demand through February 16.
Violinist Leonidas Kavakos turned many heads with his account of Shostakovich’s First Concerto with Gianandrea Noseda and the Cleveland Orchestra back in November of 2015. Open your browser to a Dallas Symphony webcast to hear what Kavakos and Fabio Luisi have in mind for the Beethoven concerto.
Other far-flung performances tonight include the Detroit Symphony with jazz violinist Regina Carter, Opera Philadelphia’s production of Save the Boys, based on an 1887 abolitionist poem, and a concert by the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society with clarinetist Anthony McGill, violist Milena Pajaro-van de Stadt, and pianist Gloria Chien
On the opera stage, Philip Glass’s Akhnaten, starring countertenor Anthony Roth Costanzo, makes its way out of the MET Opera Archives tonight. While enjoying that production, save the date for Roth Costanzo’s virtual appearance on Youngstown State’s Pipino Series in April.
See the Concert Listings for details.
NEW VIOLIN CHANNEL SERIES DEBUTS:
The Violin Channel, a content-rich web presence, announces the Vanguard Concerts, an original series of free live-streamed performances by top string players. The debut concert, set for February 18, features violinist Joshua Bell and pianist Alessio Bax, and subsequent performances include such artists familiar to Cleveland audiences as the Dover Quartet, Nathan Meltzer, Tessa Lark, and the Junction Trio (Stevan Jackiw, violin, Jay Campbell, cello, and Conrad Tao, piano). Read more here.
Only four figures to raise up today: American composer Roy Harris, born in 1898 in Chandler, Oklahoma; French composer, conductor, and pianist Emile Waldteufel, who died in 1915 in Paris; French composer Henri Duparc, who died in Mont-de-Marsan in 1933; and American composer and inventor George Antheil, who died in NewYork in 1959.
As we wrote back in October to mark Harris’ death, “Born in rural Oklahoma, with the help of Aaron Copland he studied in Paris with Nadia Boulanger, and went on to write numerous works on American themes. His big breakthrough was his Third Symphony, captured here in a live performance by Leon Botstein and the American Symphony Orchestra in 2010.
Waldteufel’s principal claim to fame is as the composer of the Skater’s Waltz, known in French as Les Patineurs and less elegantly in German as Die Schlittschuhkläufer.
Beset by increasing blindness, Duparc destroyed all but some 40 of his works. The best-known that survived are his 17 Mélodies or art songs, a number of which can be enjoyed here in performances by such singers as Measha Bruggergosman, Susan Graham, Natalie Dessay, Régine Crespin, Jessye Norman, Lawrence Brownlee, and Renée Fleming.
And George Antheil is simply an American original. His Wikipedia biography includes vivid descriptions of his music, concerts, and inventions, one of which was a radio-controlled torpedo he developed with the actress Hedy Lamarr during World War II. The article is well worth a read, and you can watch his Ballet méchanique here.