Arizona Friends of Chamber Music


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18th Tucson Winter Festival   Highlights
20th Tucson Winter
Chamber Music
Festival
 

Program

Anton Arensky: Quartet in A Minor for Violin, Viola and Two Cellos, Op. 35
    1. Moderato
    2. Variations on a theme by Tchaikovsky
    3. Finale
Carl Vine: Fantasia for Piano Quintet (World Premiere)
    4. Fantasia
Arnold Schoenberg: Verklärte Nacht for String Sextet, Op. 4
    5. Grave

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18th Tucson Winter Festival   Highlights
19th Tucson Winter
Chamber Music
Festival
(Tokyo String Quartet)
 

Program

Mozart: String Quartet No.1 in B-flat Major, K. 174
    1. Allegro moderato
    2. Adagio
    3. Menuetto ma allegretto
    4. Allegro
Auerbach: Triptych-The Mirror with Three Faces; Trio No.2 for Violin, Cello, and Piano (World Premiere)
    5. I. Prelude (Left Exterior Panel) - Moderato libero
    6. II. First Unfolding (Left Interior Panel) - Allegro appassionato
    7. III. Second Unfolding (Right Interior Panel) - Tempo di valzer
    8. IV. Tell 'em What You See (Center Panel) - Allegro assai
    9. V. Folding - Postlude (Right Exterior Panel) - Allegro nostalgio
Schumann: Piano Quintet in E-flat Major, Op.44
    10. Allegro brillante
    11. In Modo d'una Marcia: Un poco largamente
    12. Scherzo: Molto vivace
    13. Allegro ma non troppo

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18th Tucson Winter Festival   Highlights
18th Tucson Winter
Chamber Music
Festival
 

Program

J.J. Froberger - Tombeau pour M. Blancrocher
Dario Costello - Sonata No. 2 for Violin & Continuo
Robert Schumann - Three Romances for Oboe and Piano, Opus 94 (Nicht Schnell; Einfach, innig; Nicht Schnell)
Joseph Lin - "Trio for Friends" for Violin, Viola and Cello
Kevin Puts - Alternating Current for Solo Piano (Energico, Deliberato, Electric)
Dmitri Shostakovich - Piano Trio No.2 in E monor, Opus 67 (Andante Moderato, Allegro con brio, Largo, Allegretto

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Australian Chamber Works
15th Tucson Winter Chamber Music Festiva
l
Program


Ross Edwards - Tuscon Mantras
Peter Sculthorpe - "Sydney Singing" for Oboe and Piano
Michael Askill - "No Rest from the Dance"
Michael Askill - Salome's Entrance
Timothy Constable - Waves
Michael Askill - Lemurian Dances

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Highlights
15th Tucson Winter Chamber Music Festival
Program


Johann Sebastian Bach - BWV 82, "Ich habe genug"
Samuel Barber - Dover Beach for String Quartet an Baritone
Franz Schubert - Erikönig
Kelly-Marie Murphy - "Ashes" for String Quartet
Dimitri Shostakocvich - Two Pieces for String Octet

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A Documentary of Three World Premiere Performances from the 2005 Tucson Winter Chamber Music Festival
(DVD)
Program

Lee Hoiby - Sonnets and Soliloquies for String Quartet & Soprano
Jeffery Cotton - Duo for Violin & Percussion
Steven Stucky - Piano Quartet


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13th Tucson Winter
Chamber Music
Festival

Program

Philipp Scharwenka - Piano Trio in C-sharp minor, Opus 100
Ottorino Respighi - Quintet for Piano and Strings
Sergei Taneyev - Quintet for Two Violins, Viola, Violoncello, and Piano in G minor, Opus 30

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12th TUSCON WINTER
CHAMBER MUSIC FESTIVAL

Program

Robert Schumann - Andante & Variations for Two Pianos, Two Cellos and Horn
Witold Lutoslawski - Variations on a Theme of Paganini for Two Pianos
Bela Bartok - Contrasts for Clarinet, Violin and Piano
Johannes Brahms - Horn Trio in E-flat major, Opus 40

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11th TUSCON WINTER
CHAMBER MUSIC FESTIVAL

Program

Francois Poulenc - Sonata for Clarinet and Piano
Francis Bridge - Lament for Two Violas
Ralph Vaughn Williams - Phantasy Quintet for Two Violins, Two Violas and Cello
Edward Elgar - Piano Quintet in A minor Sample 1, Sample 2

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10th TUSCON WINTER
CHAMBER MUSIC FESTIVAL

Contemporary Czech Chamber Music

Program

Jiri Gemrot - Quintet for Piano, two violins Viola & Cello
Bohuslav Martinu - Duo No. 1 for Violin & Cello
Bohuslav Martinu - Quartet for Oboe, Piano, Violin & Cello
Sylvie Bodorova - Mysterium Druidum - Quintet for Harp & Strings

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The Critics Say:
AMERICAN RECORD GUIDE
"Tucson's Winter Chamber Music Festival have given us many superb in-concert chamber-music recordings, often of rare and interesting repertoirečas they do here, in this splendid anthology of modern Czech pieces that include two recorded premieres....Jiri Gemrot's Piano Quintet...what gorgeous music it is...This is a major work by a gifted and skillful artist...I'm thrilled to have a chance to hear it and I intend to look for more by this composer. Also a first recording, Sylvie Bodorova's three-movement Quintet for harp and strings...more rhapsodic and exotic...compelling. Two fine MartinU compositions...Performances are wonderful: expert and confident"


FANFARE
"There's much to take for joy in here, from works and performances alike...Gemrot is a rich, powerful work...Melodic material throughout is arresting...this work...with an emotional boldness and idiomatic handling of the instruments that should secure it many more performances....Mysterium Druidium...Sylvie Bodorova...accessible and theatrically effective, if rambling, work. The performance from the 10th Tucson's Winter Chamber Music Festival are spirited and thoroughly professional MartinU's Oboe Quartet is distinctly preferable to the overly relaxed one on Naxos 8.553916...this recording is certainly recommended, especially for the Gemrot. Let's hope we hear more of him"


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8th TUSCON WINTER
CHAMBER MUSIC FESTIVAL

20th Century Russian Chamber Music

Program

Stravinsky - L'Historie du Soldat: Suite for Violin, Clarinet & Piano
Shostakovich - Seven Romances on Poems of Alexander Blok for Soprano & Piano Trio, Opus 127
Prokofiev - Quintet in G minor for Violin, Viola, Bass, Oboe & Clarinet, Opus 39

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The Critics Say:
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"...first rate performances of...Prokofiev ...this Arizona performance stands ...well above all other performances of this music I've heard. A similar richness of expression marks the trio version of Stravinsky's L'Histoire."


AMERICAN RECORD GUIDE
"Tucson's Winter Chamber Music Festival (March 2001). By almost everyone's account, it is one of the finest such festivals devoted to chamber music exclusively. Last year's was somewhat unique in emphasizing Russian music...All of the performers are top notch...Shostakovich...Seven Romances on Poems of Alexander Blok for soprano and piano trio is rarified and dignity-laden effort than aches with beauty and pathos...The audience is as quiet as a countryside snowfall, and the performers ≠not the least Ms. Shabanina ≠are splashed with sensitivity and grace. Superb."


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7th TUSCON WINTER
CHAMBER MUSIC FESTIVAL

Latin America Chamber Music

Program

Villa-Lobos - Suite for Voice and Violin
Ponce - Sonata Breve
Ginastera - Pampeana #2 Rapsodia para Violincello y Piano
Gustavino - Sonata para Clarinete y Piano
Penaforte - Quartetice

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The Critics Say:
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"This very entertaining recital...the only currently available recording...Ginastera's Pampeana No. 2...Rhapsody for cello and piano...Peter Rejto...brilliant and incisive. I admire both....Guastavino...The clarinet Sonata is a real find...the music on the CD, it's worth of the high-quality performances it receives."


AMERICAN RECORD GUIDE
"These recordings of Latin American Music...are remarkable. With the exception of the Ginastera and the Gustavino, everything here is recorded for the first time. All the playing is extraordinary; everything radiates energy and intensity. The program is extremely creative."


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6th TUSCON WINTER
CHAMBER MUSIC FESTIVAL

19th Century French Romanticism

Program

Fauré - Piano Quartet in G minor, Opus 45
Chausson - Piano Quartet in A Major, Opus 30

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The Critics Say:
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"from the 1999 Tucson Winter Chamber Music Festival comes something other, better, more gripping — disturbing, too — than the usual lapidary readings of these once-neglected works...Fauré becomes a passionate, relentless questioning, placing...blows over the usual glib brilliance with tempestuous sultriness...The wind up is dramatic, surging, suspenseful...we have the most divinatory approach to Fauré Chausson...this performance draws them with richer nuance. These are, in sum, not merely another pair of polished performances but spellbinding interpretations...Superb. And enthusiastically recommended."


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5th TUSCON WINTER
CHAMBER MUSIC FESTIVAL


Program

Bartók - String Quartet No. 2, Opus 17
Schurmann - Piano Quartet Nr. 2 for Piano and Strings
Schulhoff - Sextet for Strings

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The Critics Say:
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"...The recorded sound is outstanding, the playing is altogether admirable, and the music is wonderful...Schurmann is its world premiere...appealing, lyrical, and generally compelling...very handsomely played ...Schulhoff's...sextet's...the audience's enthusiastic response seems completely warranted"


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4th TUSCON WINTER
CHAMBER MUSIC FESTIVAL


Program

Bartók - Contrasts for Violin, Clarinet & Piano
Harbison - Twilight Music for Horn Trio
Dahl - Concerto-a-Tre for Clarinet, Violin & Cello
Parker - Pan Dreams for Flute & Piano

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The Critics Say:
FANFARE
"...If you have a spark of adventure in you, I do urge you to sample this totally enjoyable release...outstanding sonics...meticulous balance between clarity and warmth that you rarely encounter."


AMERICAN RECORD GUIDE
"Don't be put off by the obscure label; this is a splendid disc of exciting but polished in-concert performances captured in exceptionally vivid sound...Best of all, the music - including some seldom-recorded treasures č is wonderful...There are by now many good recordings, but this is one of the most expressive (and best recorded) I've heard...John Harbison's 1984 Twilight Music ... the real prize here is Ingolf Dahl's 1947 Concerto A Tre for clarinet, violin, and cello...is a masterpiece...This version is better played and better recorded than...and... is the one to get."


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3rd TUSCON WINTER
CHAMBER MUSIC FESTIVAL

Vol. 3

Program

Ravel - Introduction and Allegro for Harp, String Quartet, Flue and Clarinet
Saint-Saëns - Fantasy for Violin and Harp, Opus 124
Debussy - Sonata for Flure, Viola and Harp
Absil - Silhouettes, Opus 97
Tournier - Images for Harp and String Quartet, Opus 35

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The Critics Say:
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"...The Prazak Quartet...performs admirably, and...What sets this CD apart, however, are the remaining pieces. Saint-Saën's chamber music...he and Englichova play this Fantasy as if their lives depended on it."


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3rd TUSCON WINTER
CHAMBER MUSIC FESTIVAL

Vol. 2

Program

Brahms - String sextet B Flat MAJOR, Opus 18
Dvorak - Piano Quintet in A MAJOR, Opus 81

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The Critics Say:
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"...The stunner here is a brilliant, appropriately robust performance of Dvorak's splendid piano Quintet in A...This work has been recorded a dozen times...that this one at least equals the very best I have hear...Braham's First String Sextet performance...does full justice to this widely appreciated but still underrated masterpiece...To summarize...Brahms fine, Dvorak superb, disc strongly recommended."


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3rd TUSCON WINTER
CHAMBER MUSIC FESTIVAL

Vol. 1

SOLD OUT
Program

Janàcek - String Quartet No. 1, "The Kreutzer Sonata"
Janàcek - String Quartet No. 2, "Intimate Letters"
Janàcek - Sonata for Piano and Violin
Dvorák - Four Romantic Pieces for Violin and Piano, Opus 75

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The Critics Say:
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"...superb readings of Janàcek's string quartet. The Prazak Quartet plays with astonishing fluency and technique...most impressive of all is how the Prazak has captured the spirit of these works....The disc would be highly recommended if it had only these two quartets, but in addition there is a very fine performance of Janàcek's Violin Sonata by one of the work's greatest proponents, Josef Suk...with Ralph Votapek...And there is more. The four Dvorak Romantic Pieces...played with great affection by Suk and Votapek, Bringing the disc to a perfect conclusion....music-making is of such a caliber...in all four pieces on this highly recommended disc."


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TUSCON WINTER
CHAMBER MUSIC FESTIVAL

1994 & 1995 Selections

Program

Mozart - String Quintet in g minor, K. 516
Schürmann - Quartet for Piano and Strings
Debussy - Sonata for Violincello and Piano

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TUSCON WINTER
CHAMBER MUSIC FESTIVAL

March 1995

Program

Brahms - Piano Quintet in f minor
Rorem - Santa Fe Songs

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The Critics Say:
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"The Brahms Quintet in F Minor...this one certainly matches the best I have heard...with a song cycle by Ned Rorem...Both the Quintet and the Song Cycle receive excellent contributions from everyone involved...the sonics here do full justice to music and performances of the highest caliber."


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TUSCON WINTER
CHAMBER MUSIC FESTIVAL

March 1994

Program

Brahms - String Sextet in G Major, Opus 36
Shostakovich - Piano Trio in E Minor

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The Critics Say:
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"This is a very fine performance of one of Brahms's Loveliest works...the beauty of the music and the polish and involvement of the performers come through on this most enjoyable disc."


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DEBUT
CHAMBER WORKS WITH VOICE

Jennifer Foster, Soprano

Program

Respighi - II Tramonto for Voice and String Quartet
Ginastera - Cantos del Tucumán for Voice, Flute, Violin, Harp & Drums, Opus 4
Rodrigo - Cuatro Madrigales Amatorios
Villa-Lobos - Suite for Voice & Violin
Castelnuevo-Tedesco - Three Sephardic Songs
Ravel - Five Popular Greek Songs
Delage - Quatre Poemes Hidinous for Nonet & Soprano

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The Critics Say:
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"Ravel's...fascinates by...seemingly without effort draws out a series of beautiful half shades...She is most impressive...All in all, an attractive release"


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ROMANTIC RUSSIAN
CHAMBER WORKS
WITH TWO CELLOS

SOLD OUT
Program

Taneyev - String Quintet for Two Cellos, Opus 14
Arensky - String Quartet in A minor, Opus 35, for Two Cellos

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The Critics Say:
MUSICWEB INTERNATIONAL
"A final similarity (between Taneyev and Arensky) is that these live recordings, made by different artists at different times, are both excellent, of the highest calibre of chamber playing in accuracy, verve, expressiveness and ensemble spirit; the audience applause shows they were well appreciated. In the Taneyev there are some noisy page turns and even grunts from the musicians, but not to any obtrusive extent. The technical quality of the recording is also of the very highest calibre giving an unimpeded sense of being in the presence of the musicians.

"Both performances are deeply committed. Both sets of artists "get" all the musical jokes - witty references to works by Taneyev's friends such as Borodin and Rimsky-Korsakov - and play them up properly."


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"Tucson's Winter Chamber Music Festival has been making records since 1994. This is the first one I have come across and it is a beauty....the present program is just as interesting and played in a particularly lively way, combining the intensity of a concert performance with remarkable virtuosity and accuracy."


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TIAN YING
PIANO SOLOS


Program

Mozart - Rondo in A minor, K. 511
Chopin - Fantasy in F minor, Opus 49
Rachmaninov - Variations on a Theme of Corelli, Opus 42
Ravel - Gaspard de la Nuit
Schumann - Toccata, Opus 7

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The Critics Say:
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"the stunning CD by the young, Shanghai-born Tian Ying...technique...extraordinary even by today's rather inflated standards...far from an orthodox contest-winning virtuoso: for even more impressive than his technique is the quality of interpretations...What remains absolutely consistent from the beginning to end, though, is the freshness of his musical vision...All in all, a spectacular release."


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