On Stage at Curtis

Graduation Recital by Cellist Jeong Hyaun Lee

A graduation recital by cellist Jeong Hyoun Lee. A native of Seong Nam, Korea, Jeong studied with Carter Brey and Peter Wiley; she spent a good deal of her young life at Curtis, having entered in 2002. Her program:

Falla: Siete canciones populares españolas (Selections)
Jeong-Hyoun Lee, cello; Andrew Tyson, piano
This is a song cycle by the great Spanish composer Manuel de Falla, based on folk melodies of his native land. Of the seven songs in the cycle, Jeong has chosen El paño moruno, Nana, Canción, Polo, Asturiana and Jota.

Tchaikovsky: Pezzo capriccioso in B minor, Op. 62
Jeong-Hyoun Lee, cello; Andrew Tyson, piano
Peter Tchaikovsky wrote this piece in 1887 for his friend, the cellist Anatoly Brandukov. Despite the title, this is a relatively serious work, lightened by some playful touches on the main theme. Brandukov was soloist with Tchaikovsky playing piano for the premiere in 1888; the two collaborated on the orchestral version a year later.

Haydn: Concerto No. 1 in C major, Hob. VIIb:1
Jeong-Hyoun Lee, cello; Curtis Chamber Ensemble
This is a relatively early work by Franz Josef Haydn, dating from 1761-1765. And it is yet another product of the fruitful patronage of Prince Nicolaus Esterhazy of Austria; Haydn wrote the concerto for his friend Joseph Franz Weigl, principal cellist of the court orchestra. The spare scoring makes for a perfect setting in a chamber-sized space like the Field Concert Hall. The concerto’s three movements are marked Moderato, Adagio and Allegro molto.

Tchaikovsky: Andante Cantabile from String Quartet No. 1
Jeong-Hyoun Lee, cello; Curtis Chamber Ensemble
Jeong and the Curtis players remain onstage for this lovely slow movement from Tchaikovsky’s first string quartet, whose popularity has inspired several different arrangements, including this one by the composer himself. It is a fittingly elegiac conclusion to her Curtis years by a young woman who has called the school home for half of her childhood years.

Music Word of the Week: Andante
“Moderately slow; since the late 18th century it is taken to indicate a speed between adagio and allegro…the term is also used for a piece or movement in a moderately slow temp and of a less solemn nature than an adagio.”
(from The Oxford Companion to Music)

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