Beethoven in Context: Cello Sonata Op. 5, No. 2

This video will premiere on Friday, February 26 at 7:30 pm EST.


R. Larry Todd, piano and Nancy Green, cello

This Friday’s “Best of Biddle” video premiere features Professor R. Larry Todd’s recording of Beethoven’s Cello Sonata Op. 5, No. 2. The video is divided between Professor Todd’s introduction, which places the work in its historical and musical context, and his recording of the sonata with cellist Nancy Green.

R. Larry Todd is Arts & Sciences Professor of Music, and co-author, with Marc Moskovitz, of Beethoven’s Cello: Five Sonatas and Their World (Boydell & Brewer, 2017), 2018 CHOICE Outstanding Academic Title Award.

Hailed by Fanfare Magazine as “one of the great cellists of our time” and “in the elite of today’s concert cellists,” Nancy Green is an internationally recognized recording artist, known for her highly acclaimed CDs of previously unrecorded works as well as staples of the cello repertoire. She has appeared as soloist in venues such as Boston’s Symphony Hall, New York’s Alice Tully Hall, the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC, Windsor Castle, and London’s Wigmore Hall as well as major concert halls in Shanghai, Taipei and Seoul.

Music for Two

This video premiered on Friday, February 19 at 7:30 pm EST.

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This week’s Best of Biddle video features duets by Duke Music students and faculty. The video begins with “Tema (Andante) con variazioni” from Mozart’s Sonata for Piano and Violin in F Major, K.377 performed by students Brian Chan, violin and Rui Xi, piano. It is followed by two piano duets featuring Ieva Jokubavicuite and her students: the “Allegro con spirito” from Mozart’s Sonata in D Major, K.448 (with Kevin Xu) and Debussy’s Lindaraja (with Catherine McMillan). The Scherzo from Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No. 2 in G Minor, Op. 16 follows, featuring pianists Andy Zhang and Claire Li. The video then features two excerpts by Ciompi Quartet violist Jonathan Bagg and pianist Emely Phelps: a movement each from Elizabeth Maconchy’s 1937 Sonata for Viola and Piano and from Marion Bauer’s Sonata for Viola and Piano, composed in 1932. The video ends with Lutoslawski’s Variations on a Theme by Paganini for 2 pianos, performed by David Heid and Daniel Seyfried (pictured above).

Spotlight: Cello

This video premiered on Friday, February 5 at 7:30 pm EST.


This week’s video focuses on works for cello, both solo and within a chamber group setting. Featuring Ciompi Quartet cellist Caroline Stinson, former Ciompi Quartet cellist and professor emeritus Fred Raimi, Duke student cellist Jacob Egol, and the student chamber group Trio Risonanza (Eliza Henne, violin; Chan Park, cello; Danika Dai, piano).

Program
J. S. Bach: “Prelude” from Suite No. 5 in C Minor, BWV 1011 (Jacob Egol)
Max Raimi: Soliloquy, for solo cello (Fred Raimi)
Rachmaninoff: Trio élégiaque No. 1 in G Minor (Trio Risonanza)
Andrew Waggoner: At Home (Caroline Stinson)
Ernest Bloch: Suite No. 3 for solo cello, B. 97 (Caroline Stinson)

View the complete program with musician and composer bios.

January 2021 Student Showcase

This video premiered on Friday, January 22 at 7:30 PM EST.

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Duke Music students perform selected movements from the following works:

Nathaniel Maxwell: Bach: French Suite in E-flat Major
Jeremy Sexton & Alina Xiao: Beethoven: “La Folia” project
Aram Lindroth: Haydn: Piano Sonata in A-flat Major, Hob.XVI:43
Karl Goepfart: Wind Quartet Op. 93
Unprecedented Quartet: Smetana: Quartet “From My Life”
Duke University Saxophone Quartet: Joe Henderson: “Recordame”

Robert Parkins performs “Salome’s Dance” and other works recorded on Duke Chapel’s Aeolian organ

This video premiered on Friday, January 8, 2021.

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Salome’s Dance, recorded by Robert Parkins on the renovated Aeolian organ (1932) in Duke Chapel, was released by Loft Recordings in the spring of 2019. Dr. Parkins has selected seven of the 18 tracks, introduced by him with brief notes on each piece. Works by African American composers Florence Price and Adolphus Hailstork are followed by music of former Duke composer Robert Ward and current Wake Forest composer Dan Locklair. The title track, “Dance of the Seven Veils” from Richard Strauss’s opera Salome, was transcribed for organ by Dr. Parkins (“. . . a complete success, as the organ proves an ideal means for realizing the colorful exoticism of the orchestral original.”– Fanfare)

Robert Parkins is the University Organist and Professor of the Practice of Music at Duke.

Beethoven’s 250th anniversary: R. Larry Todd plays the Piano Sonata in A Major, Op. 2 No. 2

This video premiered on Friday, December 18.

Video is introduced with prefatory notes by Professor R. Larry Todd

Beethoven: Piano Sonata in A Major, Op. 2 No. 2

I. Allegro vivace (begins at 17:55)
II: Largo appassionato (begins at 25:05)
III: Scherzo: Allegretto (begins at 31:47)
IV: Rondo: Grazioso (begins at 35:31)

To help celebrate the 250th anniversary of the birth of Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827), R. Larry Todd offers a new recording and discussion of the Piano Sonata in A major, Op. 2 No. 2 (1796). A product of the composer’s early Viennese years, the sonata reveals Beethoven’s efforts to find his own creative voice even as he embraces the high classicism of Haydn and Mozart. The result is an innovative, four-movement sonata dedicated to Beethoven’s teacher, Haydn, but also exploring what would become an idiosyncratic marker of Beethoven’s own style-the determined use of musical conflicts, accomplished in this case through unexpected, at times quirky changes in dynamics, articulation (legato vs. staccato), and register.

R. Larry Todd is Arts & Sciences Professor of Music, and co-author, with Marc Moskovitz, of Beethoven’s Cello: Five Sonatas and Their World (Boydell & Brewer, 2017), 2018 CHOICE Outstanding Academic Title Award.

Fall 2020 Undergraduate Showcase

 

This video premiered on Friday, December 11

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Highlights from undergraduate performances in the Fall 2020 semester

Thorin Chappel (harp), Fauré: Une Chatelaine en sa Tour
Debosir Ghosh (piano), Rachmaninoff: Prelude in G sharp Minor, Op. 32 no. 12
Claire Li (piano), Beethoven: Piano Sonata in C Major, Op. 53 – Allegro con brio
Jacques Quartet, Dvořák: String Quartet Op. 106 in G Major – Mvt. 1
Bill Guo (alto sax), Singelée: Duo Concertant, Op. 55, Mvt. I. Risoluto
Caleb Woo (alto sax), Decruck: Sonate – Mvt. I. Très modéré, expressif
Duke University Saxophone Quartet, Piazzolla: Libertango, arr. Thomas Schön

Duke Chorale Christmas Concert

The Chorale Christmas Concert program is online. Follow along with texts for all the pieces performed.

The Duke Chorale, directed by Rodney Wynkoop, presents its annual Christmas Concert featuring seasonal selections by the Duke Chorale as well as traditional carols to sing along to at home. This family holiday event is a long-standing tradition for many area residents and a valuable food drive for Urban Ministries of Durham.

The concert will be free to view online, but please consider donating a non-perishable food item between now and December 1 to Urban Ministries, 410 Liberty St. in Durham. Please drop off donations between 10 am -5 pm, Monday-Friday. Not local? Consider making a financial donation on their website, http://umdurham.org. Don’t forget to mention the Duke Chorale when you donate!

See you December 1 at 7 PM EST!

Hsiao-mei Ku (violin), Caroline Stinson (cello), Ieva Jokubavicuite (piano) and Daniel Seyfried, pianist

Pianist Daniel Seyfried shares three recent recordings: Rachmaninoff’s Etude-Tableau in A Minor Op. 39 No. 6 “little red riding hood,” Ravel’s “Alborada del gracioso,” and Debussy’s “L’isle joyeuse.”

Then, Duke Music faculty Hsiao-mei Ku (violin), Caroline Stinson (cello), and Ieva Jokubavicuite (piano) perform the first movement (Allegro moderato) from Clara Schumann’s Piano Trio in G Minor, Op. 17 with an introduction by R. Larry Todd. View the complete, expanded introduction by Professor Todd.

The Piano Trio was recorded in Baldwin Auditorium in September.

Duke Opera Theater: A Night of Italian Opera

Virtual performance of Italian opera arias, opera choruses, and symphonic overtures featuring Duke Opera Theater, directed by David Heid, with special guests the Duke Symphony Orchestra (Harry Davidson, music director) and Duke Chorale (Rodney Wynkoop, director).

To make the event more fun, take part in a special take-and-bake meal option prepared for Duke Opera Theater fans by Durham’s award winning Alley 26 restaurant. Must pre-order! Contact David Heid (dheid@duke.edu) for menu and ordering details.