Thursday, June 25 at 8:00pm
Cleveland Institute of Music, 11021 East Blvd Cleveland, Ohio 44106
The diverse works on this program evoke the journey of an entire day from morning to nightfall. Haydn’s illustrative “Sunrise” quartet opens with a vivid musical depiction of daybreak in what has been called “one of the most thrilling moments” in the composer’s entire chamber repertoire. Next, Britten explores temporal cyclicality in his early Phantasy Quartet, while Berg’s transcription of Johann Strauss Jr.’s “Wine, Women, and Song” waltz calls upon the playful sound of the harmonium to celebrate the pleasures of decadent living. Finally, Crumb’s Music for a Summer Evening showcases the composer at his imaginative best, creating a kaleidoscopic range of soundscapes that invoke images of a balmy night.
Franz Josef Haydn, String Quartet in B-flat Major, Op. 76, No. 4, “Sunrise”
Benjamin Britten, Phantasy Quartet, Op. 2, for Oboe, and String Quartet,
Johann Strauss Jr., “Wine, Women, and Song,” op. 333, arranged by Alban Berg for Harmonium, Piano, and Strings
George Crumb, Music for a Summer Evening (Makrokosmos III) for Amplified Pianos and Percussion