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This week Bill has extended conversations with two of the most exciting contemporary chamber musicians: violist Samuel Rhodes (long-time member of the Juilliard Quartet) and cellist David Finckel (long-time member of the Emerson Quartet and co-Artistic Director of The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center).

 
Program 1

Violist Samuel Rhodes joins Bill in describing the musical dialogues exchanged by the instruments of Juilliard Quartet performing music from such composers as Ravel, Carter and Brahms. Join Bill in bidding the 44-year-long renowned performer a proper farewell as he asks Rhodes about what makes these pieces special to him. 

Smetana: String Quartet #1 In E Minor, From My Life, I
(excerpt)
Juilliard Quartet
Sony 63302
2:10
 
Brahms: String Quartet #2 In A Minor, Op. 51/2, I
Juilliard Quartet
Sony 66285
13:19
 
Carter: String Quartet #2 (excerpt)
Juilliard Quartet
Sony 47229
8:07
 
Ravel: String Quartet In, II
Juilliard Quartet
Sony 62712
6:33
 
Haydn: String Quartet In D, Op. 20/4, III
Juilliard Quartet
Sony 62712
1:36
 
Bartók: String Quartet #5, SZ 102, III
Juilliard Quartet
Sony 62712
5:06
 
Mendelssohn: String Quartet #2 In A Minor, Op. 13, III
Juilliard Quartet
Sony 60579
5:19

 

Program 2

Learn what inspired Samuel Rhodes to begin playing the viola while working alongside Walter Trampler. Also, hear what classifies as agitation, and a woman's loyalty, or lack thereof, within these pieces. 

Brahms: String Quartet No.3 in B-flat Major, Op. 67
III. Agitato- Allegretto non troppo
Juilliard String Quartet
Sony 66285
8:47
 
Beethoven: Quartet No. 14 In C-sharp Minor, Op. 131
I. Adagio, Ma Non Troppo e Molto Espressivo
II. Allegro Molto Vivace
Juilliard String Quartet
CBS 37873
6:21, 3:03
 
Schoenberg: Verklärte Nacht, Op. 4
Sehr Langsam Breiter Schwer Betont: Schwer Betont
Sehr Breit und Langsam
Sehr ruhig
Juilliard String Quartet w/ Walter Trampler, vla.; Yo-Yo
Ma, vc.
Sony 62709
3:44, 15:39
 
Sibelius: String Quartet in D minor, Op. 56, Voces Intimae
V. Allegro
Juilliard String Quartet
Sony 48193
6:24
Program 3

This time, join Bill in seeing off a 34-year-long performing cellist, David Finckel of the Emerson String Quartet, as he tells the stories of how he started with his father's help. Finckel describes the inspiring feeling he gained from Rostropovich's performance, and Finckel's budding friendship with the world-famous cellist and pianist.

Beethoven: String Quartet Op.59 No. 1, Rasumovsky, I
(excerpt)
Emerson String Quartet
DG 447075
1:16
 
Edwin Finckel/Boyd Raeburn: Boyd Meets Stravinsky (excerpt)
Boyd Raeburn Band
Storyville
1:26
 
Ann Ronell, arr. E. Finckel: Variations on a Theme:
Willow Weep for Me
Finckel, vc.; Wu Han p.
Artistled 19902
7:16
 
Bach, arr. Finckel: Adagio from Toccata in C minor
Finckel Cello Quartet
non-commercial
3:11
 
Saint-Saëns: Concerto No. 1 for Cello & Orchestra
Orchestra; Rostropovich, vc.
19:48
 
Rachmaninoff: “O never sing to me again”
Rostropovich, p.; Galina Vishnevskaya, s.
DG 471620
5:21
 
Dvorák: Trio in f, Op. 65, Poco Adagio
Wu Han, p.; Philip Setzer, v.; David Finckel, vc.
Artistled 11201
8:56

 

Program 4

Hear from more of David Finckel's mentors, Oscar Shumsky and Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau as they exhibit their own musically driven speech. Also, listen to both the Juilliard and Emerson String Quartets perform Bartok here. 

J.S. Bach: Sonata for Solo Violin, BWV 1001, Presto
Oscar Shumsky, v.
Nimbus 2557
3:39
 
Ernö Dohnányi: Ruralia Hungarica
Oscar Shumsky, v.; Seymore Lipkin, p.
Private collection
5:38
 
Franz Schubert: “Du Bist Die Ruh”, D. 776
“Sei Mir Gegrüsst”, Op. 20/1, D 741
Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, bar.; Gerald Moore, p.
EMI 69503
8:13
 
Beethoven: Quartet In C, Op. 59/3 Rasumovsky,
III. Menuetto: Grazioso
IV. Allegro Molto
Guarneri Quartet
RCA 60457
10:51
 
Béla Bartók: String Quartet No. 4, Sz. 91, I, III
Juilliard String Quartet
Sony 63264
5:48, 5:13
 
Béla Bartók: String Quartet No. 4, Sz. 91, III
Emerson String Quartet
DG 423657
5:13
 
Franz Schubert: Quintet for Strings in C Major, IV
Emerson String Quartet; M. Rostropovich, vc.
DG 289 459 151
9:16

 

Program 5

David Finckel explains the inception of his musical and marital partnerships with pianist Wu Han, and the devastation that lies behind Shostakovich's quartet piece among many others. Finckel talks about the panic behind the time's music and indicates where a KGB knock can be heard within it. 

Mozart: Quartet in C Major, Dissonance, KV 465 (excerpt)
Emerson String Quartet
DG 427657
1:54
 
Brahms: Piano Quartet in C minor, Op. 60, III
Gilbert Kalish, p.; Jennifer Frautschi, v.; Paul Neubauer,
vla.; David Finckel, vc.
8:55
 
A. Scriabin: Piano Sonata No. 4 in F-sharp Major, Op. 30
Wu Han, piano
Artistled 10701
8:17
 
D. Shostakovich: Quartet No. 8, IV & V
Emerson String Quartet
DG 459670
8:21
 
Beethoven: String Quartet #13 In B-Flat, Op. 130
V. Cavatina, Adagio Molto (excerpt)
VI. Grosse Fuge, Espressivo (Op. 133), excerpt
Emerson String Quartet
DG 447075-04
6:33
 
Dvorák: Cello Concerto In B Minor, Op. 104, Finale
Taipei Symphony Orchestra/Felix Chiu-Sen Chen;
David Finckel, vc.
ArtistLed B000SVIXNC
12:06

 

 

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