Wednesday, September 11, 2013

A delightful mixture of music, and an observance of Yom Kippur

We have another fun and busy edition of Vivace coming your way this Friday.  In the first hour, we'll listen to the Symphony No. 2 in E minor, Op. 27 by Rachmaninoff.


In the 7 o'clock hour, we have a delightful horn concerto by Rosetti played by one of the world's finest horn players, Radek Baborak (above).  And at about 7:30 am, you can enjoy the Duo in C-Major for Guitar and Piano by Fernando Carulli.

As Friday is the Eve of Yom Kippur, we will mark the occasion at 8 o'clock with a very special piece of music, Max Bruch's arrangement for cello of Kol Nidre, the prayer (above) set to an ancient melody which begins the synagogue service at the start of the 25-hour fast.  Last February, when cellist Amit Peled visited Charlottesville, he kindly gave me a copy of his recording of Kol Nidre, to be saved for this Friday's show.

It's a little unusual because Mr. Peled's gentle yet vivacious and refreshing touch on the cello brings what we might call an Israeli perspective to the work, giving it a modern feel, rather than the soulful, melodramatic renderings, guaranteed to tug at the heartstrings of Diaspora Jewry, which have been the norm until now.  So that's the version you will be hearing at 8 am this Friday.  See what you think.

After that, we have a harpsichord sonata by Cherubini and a piano concerto by Mozart.

And a quick program note about Vivace on September 27:  we'll feature an exclusive interview with violinist Ray Chen, who will be performing in Old Cabell Hall, Charlottesville on October 1 as part of the Tuesday Evening Concert Series.

As ever, I look forward to the pleasure of your company, this Friday from 6-9 am on Vivace.

You can also replay the program anytime from the WTJU archives. The program will be available for replay through 9/20/13

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