Airs Sunday, May 26 at 6 p.m. on WHYY-TV; online Tuesday, May 28.
A student recital. The program:
Stanislav Chernyshev, clarinet; Nathan Vickery, cello; Yue Chu, piano
Katerina Kramarchuk was a student composer at the Curtis Institute of Music. Information on the Trio from her website:
"Tides of Solitude" was written as a ballet piece for The Rock School for Dance Education. The music tries to convey some of the emotions one experiences as life's waves come and go. The triple meter groove drives the piece as the bassoon melodic lines represent in a way the protagonist who undergoes his life's journey.
Brahms: Violin Sonata No.2
Zoë Martin-Doike, violin; Xiaohui Yang, piano
In 1886, Johannes Brahms spent an invigorating vacation in the Swiss Alpine town of Thun. He described the area as "so full of melodies that one has to be careful not to step on any." The result was three of his most beloved chamber works: the Opus 99 Cello Sonata, the Opus 101 Piano Trio, and the Violin Sonata No.2. This three-movement work brims with the good feelings Brahms absorbed in the happiest of all summer vacations.
Boccherini: Quartet in D major "Fandango"
Justine Lamb-Budge & Marié Rossano, violins; Ren Martin-Doike, viola; Arlen Hlusko, cello; Jordan Dodson, guitar
This is one of several pieces that Boccherini transcribed from earlier chamber works. Here, he gives a Spanish flavor to this music with a prominent role for the guitar and for castanets in the final movement.
Musical Word of the Week: Fandango
1. a lively Spanish or Spanish-American dance in triple time, performed by a man and woman playing castanets.
2. a piece of music for such a dance or one having its rhythm.
3. (especially in the southwest U.S.) a ball or dance.