Carolina Classics 2010 June 9

Listen to the entire program:

Geoff Nuttall: Opening Remarks

sara helen oconnorStrauss, By Schoenberg!
Flutist Tara Helen O’Connor, clarinetist Todd Palmer, pianist Pedja Muzijevic, and the St. Lawrence String Quartet (Geoff Nuttall, Scott St. John, Lesley Robertson, and Christopher Costanza) play Arnold Schoenberg’s version of Johann Strauss II’s “Kaiser Waltz."

ARNOLD SCHOENBERG: Kaiser Waltz, Op. 437
Tara Helen O'Connor, flute
Todd Palmer, clarinet
Pedja Muzijevic, piano
St. Lawrence String Quartet

Nuttall (& the SLSQ) Remarks: A Roadmap to the Grosse Fuge
A movement so advanced, Geoff Nuttall says, that even Beethoven agreed to an alternative ending.


st lawrence string quartetGrosse Fuge
After their “guided tour,” the members of the St. Lawrence String Quartet offer a riveting performance of Beethoven’s final string quartet utterance.

LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN: Grosse Fuge, Op. 133
St. Lawrence String Quartet

Nuttall Remarks: Anton Arensky introduced
You may not recognize the piece, but you’ve heard the music before, he says.

Hsin-Yun HuangArensky’s tribute to Tchaikovsky
Violinist Daniel Phillips, violist Hsin-yun Huang, and cellists Christopher Costanza and Alisa Weilerstein, play the unusual and tuneful two-cello Quartet, Op. 35, written by Anton Arensky in tribute to his mentor, Pyotr Ilich Tchaikovsky.

ANTON ARENSKY: Two-Cello Quartet, Op. 35
Daniel Phillips, violin
Hsin-Yun Huang, viola
Christopher Costanza, cello
Alisa Weilerstein, cello

emmanuel villaumeBeethoven’s 8th from Spoleto
From Sunday night’s concert by the Spoleto Festival USA Orchestra at Gaillard Auditorium, Emmanuel Villaume conducts the orchestra in a performance of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 8 in F. The concert was Villaume’s last as Music Director for Opera & Orchestra at Spoleto.

LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN: Symphony No. 8 in F major, Op. 93
Emmanuel Villaume, conductor, Spoleto Music Festival USA Orchestra

The Marriage of Figaro: Completing the Circle
As an encore, Emmanuel Villaume led the orchestra in the Overture to the Marriage of Figaro. Villaume’s very first performance at the Spoleto Festival, 20 years ago, was in the pit at the Dock Street Theatre, conducting Renée Fleming in a memorable production of the Mozart opera.

WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART: Overture to the Marriage of Figaro
Emmanuel Villaume, conductor, SMF Orchestra

More Mozart, con Flauto
From a CD called “Mozart in Love,” Paula Robison substitutes her flute for the voice in two of the beloved arias from “The Marriage of Figaro;” Two of the signature arias from Mozart’s “Marriage of Figaro” – The first, “Voi che sapete,” and “Non so piu cosa son.” She’s joined by the Charleston Symphony Orchestra.


WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART: "Voi che sapete" e "Non so piu cosa son"
Paula Robinson, flute


Fields of Gold
The Antioch Chamber Ensemble, in a performance at St. Philip’s Church in Charleston, offers a haunting arrangement and performance of the song “Fields of Gold” by Sting.

STING: Fields of Gold
The Antioch Chamber Ensemble