Student Recital: Donzetti, Chopin and Mendelssohn

Students perform On Stage at Curtis

Donzetti: Three Duets from L’elisir d’amore
Young singers from the Curtis Vocal Studies program present scenes from this comic opera, which translates as “The Love Potion.” Featured singers include
soprano Elena Perroni, tenor Mingjie Lei, tenor Spencer Lang, baritone Sean Michael Plumb and bass-baritone Andrew Bogard. Faculty member Benedicte Jourdois is at the piano.

Chopin: Scherzo No. 4 in E major, Op. 54
Chang-Yong Shin, piano
One often thinks of a scherzo as being fleet and light-hearted, often heard in symphonies. But Chopin’s four Scherzos for piano are not particularly light, featuring their share of sturm und drang. But this final work in the collection, dating from 1842, is largely free of the drama of its predecessors, ending the set in a sense of mature calm.

Mendelssohn: Trio No. 1 in D minor, Op. 49
Katya Poplyansky, violin; Oliver Aldort, cello; Andrew Hsu, piano
The thirty-year-old Felix Mendelssohn completed this work in 1839; along with his Octet, it is considered to be the finest of his chamber works. Indeed, no less an authority than Robert Schumann declared Mendelssohn “the Mozart of the 19th Century” when reviewing the Trio. Its four movements are marked:
Molto allegro ed agitato; Andante con moto tranquillo; Scherzo: Leggiero e vivace; and Finale: Allegro assai appassionato.

Music Word of the Week: Scherzo
“A quick, light movement or piece, often in triple time. Like the minuet, which it replaced in the late 18th century as the traditional third movement of such large-scale forms as the symphony and string quartet, it is generally in ternary form, with a contrasting middle section, or trio.” (from the Oxford Dictionary of Music)

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