On Stage at Curtis

Graduation Recital by Shuangshuang Liu, Viola

A graduation recital by Shuangshuang Liu, viola. Shuangshuang hails from Anhui, China. She studied at Curtis with Roberto Diaz and Michael Tree. Her program:

Casadesus: Concerto in the Style of JC Bach
Shuangshuang Liu, viola; Curtis Chamber Ensemble
Henri-Gustave Casadesus was a prominent violist and music publisher of the early 20th century. He also had a great interest in previous musical styles as a founding member of France’s Society of Ancient Instruments. This concerto is a prime example, paying tribute to the style of Johann Christian Bach. Its three movements are titled: Allegro molto ma maestoso; Adagio molto espressivo; and Allegro molto energico.

Schnittke: Monologue
Shuangshuang Liu, viola; Curtis Chamber Ensemble, Junping Qian, conductor
Alfred Schnittke (1934 -1998) was one of the most prominent Russian composers in the generation after Shostakovich. His was a dark musical vision, as can be heard in this stark but beautiful score.

Hindemith: Sonata, Op.25, No.4
Shuangshuang Liu, viola; Yijia Wang, Piano
Paul Hindemith was as prominent a violist as he was a composer, and this early sonata for his instrument dates from 1922. Shuangshuang Liu describes this work as an example of “German Impressionism”. The three movements are marked Sehr Lebharft. Markiert und kraftvoll; Sehr langsame Viertel and Finale: Lebhafte Viertel.

Tchaikovsky: None but the Lonely Heart
Shuangshuang Liu, viola; Yijia Wang, piano
This song by Tchaikovsky is one of the loveliest of his many beautiful works, and Shuangshuang offers it as a heartfelt encore.

Music Word of the Week: Movement
“A term used in connection with musical forms (most commonly the sonata, symphony, concerto, string quartet, etc.) that consist of a number of substantial sections, each one being called a ‘movement’. Each movement is, in theory, self-contained and in most cases is separated from the other sections by a brief pause.” (from the Oxford Dictionary of Music)


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