Program I: ECCO Dreams
Thursday, August 11, 2022 | 7:30 PM
Hannaford Hall, USM | Portland
Welcome to the 2022 summer season! Luxuriate in the East Coast Chamber Orchestra’s glorious sound-world with Strauss’s lovely String Sextet from Capriccio, three poignant pieces by Clara Schumann, and a kaleidoscopic work that celebrates the vitality and resilience of the natural world, performed by the ensemble-within-an-ensemble Jupiter String Quartet. Finally, Schubert’s “Death and the Maiden,” a pillar of the chamber music repertoire, builds a dialogue between sinister, subversive power and a dreamy, expressive lyricism in Mahler's arrangement for string orchestra.
Richard Strauss String Sextet, Op. 85 from Capriccio (1941)
J Freivogel, Kobi Malkin, violins; Melissa Reardon, Jessica Thompson, violas; Kenneth Olsen, Raman Ramakrishnan; cellos
Clara Schumann Three Romances for Violin and Piano, Op. 22 (1853)
I. Andante molto
III. Leidenschaftlich schnell
Susie Park, violin; Benjamin Hochman, piano
Michi Wiancko To Unpathed Waters, Undreamed Shores for String Quartet (2020)
Jupiter String Quartet (Nelson Lee, Meg Freivogel, violins; Liz Freivogel, viola; Daniel McDonough, cello)
Franz Schubert (arr. for string orchestra by Gustav Mahler) String Quartet No. 14 in D Minor, D. 810, 'Death and the Maiden' (1824)*
II. Andante con moto
III. Scherzo. Allegro molto
East Coast Chamber Orchestra
* Part of PCMF’s season-wide celebration of Schubert in the 225th anniversary of his birth year.
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Meet The Composers
Richard Strauss was a German composer, conductor, pianist, and violinist. Considered a leading composer of the late Romantic and early modern eras, he has been described as a successor of Richard Wagner and Franz Liszt. Along with Gustav Mahler, he represents the late flowering of German Romanticism, in which pioneering subtleties of orchestration are combined with an advanced harmonic style.
Strauss's final stage work, Capriccio, is an opera about opera, and tackles the age-old question: which is more important, the words or the music? The opera begins with a lusciously scored string sextet that functions both as a prelude to the action and as the first topic of conversation in the on-stage drama.
Michi Wiancko is a composer, arranger and violinist whose work has been performed by ensembles, bands and orchestras around the world. She has collaborated with artists from across a wide musical spectrum and performed with some of the great musical artists of our time.
To Unpathed Waters, Undreamed Shores, a multi-movement work for string quartet, celebrates the beauty and vitality of the natural world, suggesting hope and inspiration as humanity addresses fears and worries for our planet. The central themes of regeneration and resilience highlight the need to protect each other and our most vulnerable populations.
Franz Schubert was an Austrian composer of the late Classical and early Romantic eras. Despite his short lifetime, he left behind a vast catalog, including more than 600 secular vocal works (mainly lieder), seven complete symphonies, sacred music, operas, incidental music, and a large body of piano and chamber music.
His String Quartet No. 14 in D Minor 'Death and the Maiden' was composed in 1824, after the composer suffered a serious illness and realized that he was dying. It is named for the theme of the second movement, which Schubert took from a song he wrote in 1817 of the same title.
Clara Schumann was a German pianist, composer, and piano teacher who is regarded as one of the most distinguished pianists of the Romantic era. She exerted her influence over a 61-year concert career, changing the format and repertoire of the piano recital from displays of virtuosity to programs of serious works. She also composed solo piano pieces, a piano concerto (her Op. 7), chamber music, choral pieces, and songs.
Schumann's Three Romances for Violin and Piano, composed in 1853, were among the last pieces she would ever write. They were dedicated to the famous violin virtuoso Joseph Joachim, a good friend of the Schumanns as well as Johannes Brahms.