Saturday, May 30, 2009

Musica della sera ─ 2 Pachelbels and 3 Bachs

The latest Musica della sera show is now up on the Internet to enjoy on demand; see below for locating the link. This program will be available until Thursday, June 4, 2009 (Get it while it lasts!)

Johann Pachelbel (1653-1706)

The program focused on the music of Johann Pachelbel, beginning with a delicate clavichord performance by E. Power Biggs of the chorale partita: “Werde Munter, Mein Gemüte” (00:00 on the KUSP Music Player counter).

Next, a vibrant recording of J.S. Bach's first orchestral suite, arranged for four guitars and performed by Quarteto Brasileiro de Violões (09:00), a name I did not try to pronounce on the air, going instead with Brazilian Guitar Quartet, as it was billed on the CD. I'll feature the other three suites on future shows.

Quarteto Brasileiro de Violões (Brazilian Guitar Quartet)
Their arrangement of Bach's Orchestral Suites is fantastic.
Find it on Delos.

I returned to Pachelbel with several organ compositions (32:55), played on various organs by various keyboard artists: Wolfgang Rübsam, Gustav Leonhardt, and E. Power Biggs.

Wolfgang Rübsam, German keyboardist,
who has an excellent series of Pachelbel organ recordings,
not to mention creative facial hair.

It was at this point that I learned that Johann Pachelbel had a composer son, Charles Theodore Pachelbel (baptised Carl Theodorus). The Anglicized given names reflect the fact that he was one of the first European composers to take up residence in the American colonies*, and was the most famous musical figure in early Charleston, South Carolina.

The only C.T. Pachelbel work at hand was his festive Magnificat, originally for double choir, but heard here in a performance of the Canadian Brass (60:18), followed by a brass arrangement of Johann Pachelbel's only real hit, the Canon in D (68:00).

Special thanks to the producers of Pachelbel Greatest Hits and Pachelbel: Organ Works Vol.1 without which the 2 Pachelbels portion of the show would not have been possible.

Johann Christian Bach (1735-1782)

Comprising the latter half of the show,a charming sinfonia by Portuguese composer Carlos Seixas (80:10), a cantata, Nun Danket alle Gott (Now thank we all our God) (111:10), by J.S. Bach's idol, Danish composer Dietrich Buxtehude, and two concertos by Bach's sons, Johann Christian's Harpsichord Concerto in B Flat Major (91:55) and a particularly vigorous performance by Peter Bruns, cello and the Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin of Carl Philipp Emanuel's Concerto for Violoncello, Strings, and Basso Continuo in A Minor (125:00).

Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach (1714-1788)
sitting for a portrait with a portrait of his rarely performed father, J.S. Bach (1685-1750)

*I have been unable to confirm rumors that Carl Theodorus Pachelbel fled Germany to escape his father's infamous Canon in D.

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You can see exactly what was played and who performed it by referring to the playlist (originally broadcast 5/28/2009).

My wife, Meera Collier-Mitchell, and I take turns hosting the classical radio program Musica della sera on Thursday evenings, 7-9:30 (PT). This week I hosted. Listen at your convenience:

KUSP's brand new web feature: The KUSP Music Show Player, Classical, Jazz, Global, Eclectic, and Late Late, listen on demand, check it out, peruse the list and click the one for Musica della sera to hear our show.

Each broadcast is available for download until it is replaced by the subsequent week's program.

You can also stream KUSP live of course.

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