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Bridge Chamber Music Festival - Concert ll
Submitted by Amy Acheson on Wed, 08/21/2013 - 12:53pm
As the second concert of the festival series unfolds, the Bridge Chamber Players take to the stage Thursday, August 22 at 7:30 p.m., at St. Olaf College in Urness Recital Hall.
Artist Director David Carter, who is also the Professor of Music (cello) at St. Olaf College, will be performing that evening along with colleagues and special guests for the highly anticipated chamber performance.
One of selected pieces is from composer Antonín Dvořák (1841-1904). It is widely known that this musician from Czechoslovakia spent some time in the United States as a director of a music school in New York City and for a few summers he frequented a small Czech community in Spillville, Iowa. “This American influence was infused in his music during that time period, and it’s fascinating to listen to,” said Carter. Although most composers of the time were traditionally in Europe, Dvořák was writing amazing masterworks right here in our country like the New World Symphony and The American Quartet. “It’s really an important part of Dvořák’s music and what he brought to the world -- this time he spent in America,” Carter added.
“Another piece I have selected is my very favorite – it’s the Johannes Brahms Trio for Violin, Horn and Piano, Op 40,” said Carter. This will be performed by Francesco Anderegg, assistant professor of violin at St. Olaf College, Herbert Winslow, associate principal horn at the Minnesota Orchestra and Matthew McCright, lecturer in piano at Carleton College and a piano soloist.
“Brahms loved the horn, and the horn parts in his symphonies are some of the finest ever written,” said Herbert Winslow of the Minnesota Orchestra. “The Horn Trio has extremely difficult parts for the piano and violin. And it is very easy for the horn sound to overwhelm both of them. So each group that plays this piece has to work out the technical difficulties first and then the correct balance of sound. Once that is achieved, the phrasing becomes paramount to impart the correct emotion that each movement portrays. There are the expected hunting calls, but there is also the grief that Brahms felt on his mother's passing. To bring out all of these emotions is the real challenge of the piece.”
Violist Francesca Anderegg recalls the song from her youth. “My father is a pianist who used to have his friends over to play chamber music. Because they were playing for fun, they would rehearse late at night. As a child, I would go to sleep listening to him rehearse this piece. When you hear a piece as you're falling asleep, it kind of becomes part of you... this Brahms trio is one of my favorite pieces as well. There are so many special moments that set it apart even from Brahms' other masterworks. The first movement is (unusually) a slow Andante (rather than a fast movement), and the character is very intimate and peaceful. In other moments, there is a dramatic, almost tragic melancholy (like in the Trio of the second movement, or in the third movement). When Brahms wrote this work, horns were not modernized instruments with valves controlling the notes (as they are played today). So the horn part was (and still is!) incredibly difficult and virtuosic. Similarly, the violin and piano parts are also very brilliant. I'm lucky to play such a piece with pianist Matthew McCright and horn player Herbert Winslow -- such wonderful musicians and a joy to work with!” said Anderegg.
The Bridge Chamber Music Festival offers a series of concerts in Northfield, MN. For more information, visit BridgeChamberFestival.org.