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Dutch Reed Smorgasbord & Schubert’s “Winterreise”

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This Week @ Concerts from the Library of Congress

Wednesday, February 4, 2015 – 8:00pm (Coolidge Auditorium)

Photo by Rob Marinissen

After more than 25 years of touring as an ensemble, the Calefax reed quintet is known world-wide for its unique instrumentation and arrangements. Playing music ranging from early Baroque to Ellington and Gershwin, Calefax has released 17 CDs of works written for the group and old favorites with a new twist. With its musicians performing with the core complement of oboe, clarinet, alto saxophone, bass clarinet and bassoon, Calefax will regale with its own transcriptions of works originally for voice, organ, piano, orchestra and even player piano. These imaginative Dutch musicians will transform the way you listen to these pieces. FREE tickets required.

OCKEGHEM  Mort, tu as navré de ton dart
FRANCK  Prélude, fugue et variation, op. 18
NANCARROW Selected Studies for player piano: Studies 2, 15 and 3C
STRAUSS Till Eulenspiegels lustige Streiche, op. 28
SHOSTAKOVICH Selections from Preludes and Fugues, op. 87
Prelude and Fugue no. 1 in C major
Prelude and Fugue no. 2 in A minor
Prelude and Fugue no. 3 in G major
Prelude and Fugue no. 4 in E minor
Prelude and Fugue no. 7 in A major
Prelude and Fugue no. 8 in F-sharp minor
Prelude and Fugue no. 9 in E major
Prelude and Fugue no. 12 in G-sharp minor

Pre-Concert Conversation with the Artists (6:30pm, Whittall Pavilion)
Program Notes

Saturday, February 7, 2015 – 2:00pm (Coolidge Auditorium)

Courtesy of Ian Bostridge & Julius Drake
Courtesy of Ian Bostridge & Julius Drake

Ian Bostridge is a British artist of major prominence in the realms of opera, recitals, and orchestra engagements. Widely acclaimed as one of the greatest Lieder interpreters onstage today, he brings a masterly command of vocal nuance and style to Schubert’s late masterpiece–Winterreise–a bleak, powerfully cathartic song cycle written in the last months of the composer’s life. A young man, rejected by his beloved, wanders into the darkness of a wintry countryside, wracked by searing emotions–grief, anger, loneliness and alienation, touched with brief moments of reconciliation. After the concert, Ian Bostridge will talk about his new book, Schubert’s Winter Journey: Anatomy of an Obsession, followed by a book-signing. FREE tickets required. (Advance tickets are sold out. RUSH tickets will be available at the Library at no cost, beginning 2 hours prior to the performance.)

SCHUBERT Winterreise, D. 911

Pre-Concert Lecture (12:30pm, Whittall Pavilion): Susan Youens, PhD, J.W. Van Gorkom Professor of Music, University of Notre Dame
Program Notes
NPR Interview with Ian Bostridge

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