Well, music lovers, live concerts are canceled all over town and we're stuck in our 'chambers' for a few weeks.
We're 'chambered' - as it were - so how about some 'chambered music' for a bit of fun and comfort?
World wide, performing arts organizations are finding ways to continue their artistic mission and stay in touch with their audiences during the COVID-19 crisis. You've probably seen or heard some really creative
productions already. Chamber Music Wilmington and WHQR came up with “CHAMBERED MUSIC!" for our music lovers.
And don't forget that when you're finished listening to this 'chambered music,' you can always tune in Wilmington's own 92.7 Classical WHQR.
Our second playlist comes from Oskar Espina-Ruiz, incoming Artistic Director of CMW!
As both the challenges of the pandemic and the heroism of Americans come to the fore, we start this playlist with an American classic: Copland’s Appalachian Spring, the ballet scored for thirteen instrumentalists (for practical and economic constraints, in 1945). The work depicts the lives of a newly married pioneer couple in nineteenth century Pennsylvania. The music is soulful, with moments of hopeful reflection and moments of joy.
Remember all the buzz around Beethoven’s 250th birthday anniversary in 2020? It just seems such a long time ago. Beethoven’s directness and conversational style in his late string quartets is both breathtaking and comforting. Beethoven’s Grosse Fuge (“Great Fugue”), Op. 133, manages to find order and fulfilment amid the relentless drive of much of the music, in fortissimo. Beethoven, completely deaf by the time he wrote this music, is the masterful captain that manages to bring the boat safely back to shore.
The simplicity and poignancy of the Catalan folk song “El Cant dels Ocells,” performed by Pablo Casals at the White House in 1961, expresses in music what a million words can’t.
Today, the Mozart Clarinet Quintet continues to shine as a great work that gently moves from reflection to serenity, and from dance to joy. The abundant inspiration in this work is sure to bring you back to a rich and fulfilling day.