CMH@Home Presents
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PAUL NEUBAUER, viola, with Kavafian, Wu Han, Finckel and others Performance from 1.8.2021
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PROGRAM

ROBERT SCHUMANN (1810-1856)
Märchenerzählungen (Fairy Tales) for Clarinet, Viola, and Piano, Op. 132 (1853) (program notes)
BENJAMIN DALE (1885-1943)
“Romance” from Suite for Viola and Piano (1906) (program notes)
JOAQUÍN TURINA (1882-1949)
Escena andaluza for Viola, String Quartet, and Piano, Op. 7 (1912) (program notes)
DMITRI SHOSTAKOVICH (1906-1975)
Impromptu for Viola and Piano (1931) (Program Notes)
FRITZ KREISLER (1875-1962)
Liebesleid for Three Violins, Viola, and Cello (1905) (Program Notes)
GEORGES BOULANGER (1893-1958)
American Vision for Viola and Piano Trio

PERFORMERS

Bios for each of the artists are found by clicking on their name.

Schumann

Dale

Turina

Shostakovich

Kreisler

Boulanger

Chamber Music Houston @ Home presents a full program featuring the many musical talents of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. This beautiful online concert experience includes conversations with CMS Artists and Co-Artistic Directors David Finckel and Wu Han and the artists.

 

We asked our featured violist, Paul Neubauer, to share his thoughts on this program.

 

It is a great pleasure to present some of my favorite works and performances in collaboration with so many friends and colleagues from the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center.

 

We start with the beautiful Märchenerzählungen or Fairy Tales by Robert Schumann. The title is meant to invoke feelings of fantasy and youth which play out in the intimate melodies that permeate this work. Next we hear the music of the English composer Benjamin Dale. Dale wrote many works for the viola that he dedicated to the great violist Lionel Tertis. This gorgeous Romance from his three movement Suite was often played as a separate work in performances by Tertis as well as by the eminent violist William Primrose, and it is one of my absolute favorite works to perform. Our second half starts with the music of the Spanish composer Joaquín Turina, whose early music was influenced by the French Impressionist school. While studying in Paris, Isaac Albéniz and Manuel de Falla encouraged Turina to turn to the music of Spain and Andalusia for inspiration, and as the title suggests, Escena andaluza abounds with the colors of Andalusia. The next work recalls that in 1976 at the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, violist Walter Trampler and pianist Richard Goode gave the U.S. premiere of Shostakovich’s monumental Viola Sonata. It was my great privilege to perform the U.S. premiere of Shostakovich’s newly discovered Impromptu with Wu Han in this performance. Next comes the bittersweet Liebesleid or Love’s Sorrow, one of Fritz Kreisler’s most popular works. The Viennese charm that Kreisler imbued in his playing and compositions never fails to inspire me. The program ends with the charming American Vision by Georges Boulanger, who was quite possibly the greatest salon violinist of all time.

 

— Paul Neubauer

 

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