The first half of the video features recordings made last month in Baldwin Auditorium by two current Duke piano students.Andre Hall performs three bagatelles by Duke faculty composer Anthony Kelley, Beethoven, and Tcherepnin, and Bryan Tong performs three excerpts from Brahms’ Op. 118 (Intermezzo in C, Intermezzo in A, Ballade in G Minor).
The second half of the program takes us back to Spring 2016 and a live recording made in Baldwin Auditorium. Senior Jenny Li was the winner of the 2015-16 Duke Symphony Orchestra’s concerto competition, and she performed the first movement of Brahms’ Violin Concerto in D Major, Op. 77 with the Duke Symphony Orchestra under Maestro Harry Davidson on April 13, 2016. Whether you were in Baldwin on that evening or seeing this performance for the first time, please join us as we relive that moment in Duke Music’s history, looking forward to the time when we can again welcome you back to live events in our venues.
This video premiered on Friday, March 5 at 7:30 pm EST.
Featuring the Ciompi Quartet, Gabriel Richard, Randall Love, and Kivie Cahn-Lipman.
Félicien David’s Trio in E-flat Major for piano, violin, and cello performed by Richard, Love, and Cahn-Lipman; and movements from string quartets by d’Indy, Debussy, and Saint-Saëns performed by the Ciompi Quartet.
This video premiered 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.
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.
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).
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).
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)
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”
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.
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.
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
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!