by Daniel Hathaway
TODAY ON THE WEB AND AIRWAVES:
“Masked But Not Muted,” the latest episode of Oberlin Stage Left, features new faculty violinist Francesca dePasquale, who joins Viola Professor Kirsten Docter and pianist Adam Golka for Brahms’ own arrangement of his Op. 40 Horn Trio.
Also on today: AGO OrganFest 2020, the Miró Quartet continues its complete Beethoven cycle on the Orcas Island series, WCLV’s Lunchtime with The Cleveland Orchestra (Beethoven and Bartók), and Gounod’s Roméo et Juliette from the MET Opera Archives. Details here.
On this date in 1757, Italian composer Domenico Scarlatti died in Madrid. Son of composer Alessandro, Domenico spent most of his career in Spain, producing mainly keyboard works including 555 sonatas.
Click here to begin watching an extensive 1985 BBC documentary about Domenico’s life with musical selections played by Rafael Puyana (part two is here). And click here to watch Oberlin Harpsichord Professor Mark Edwards play three of the sonatas in Warner Concert Hall in February, 2018.
And on July 23, 1928, American pianist Leon Fleisher was born in San Francisco. Well-known to Cleveland — and worldwide — audiences for his commanding recordings of the Beethoven Concertos, Fleisher lost control of his right hand in 1964 due to focal dystonia. He spent the next decades concentrating on left-hand repertoire, teaching, and conducting, but made a famous comeback in 2004 with the Vanguard recording Two Hands.
Listen here to a Peabody Institute Founders Day interview with Fleisher by Ray Sprenkle, enjoy Fleisher’s recording of Beethoven’s Emperor Concerto with George Szell and The Cleveland Orchestra from 1961, and — for something completely different, watch him play a transcription of J.S. Bach’s Schafe können sicher weiden.