In this issue...
Voxare String Quartet
Peabody Trio
Atlantic Brass Quintet
New Century Sax Quartet
William Kanengiser
Hoboken Diary

BesenArts September 30, 2014 Newsletter

2015-2016 Programs
Voxare String Quartet
Peabody Trio
Atlantic Brass Quintet
New Century Sax Quartet
William Kanengiser, guitar

And some new music to stream

Dear Friends:

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I promised to return with 2015-2016 programs for my other artists, and in this newsletter you can read about the plans of the Voxare String Quartet, Peabody Trio, Atlantic Brass Quintet, New Century Saxophone Quartet, and guitarist William Kanengiser.


Just a reminder... I have joined Facebook.


And Twitter.


There's also a new BesenArts news blog.


And yes, a further update in the Hoboken Diary, though I will again make you get to the bottom of this newsletter for the link. Aren't I awful?


There is also new material in my The Life Suburban blog, this time involving wildlife rather than things falling from the sky.




Voxare String Quartet

The Voxare String Quartet has several wonderful programs. There is music from Bach, Schubert, Mendelssohn, Shostakovich, and Bartòk. This being the Voxare, they have found amazing ways to bring this music together with works by Lou Harrison, Ned Rorem, Daron Hagen, and Mohammed Fairouz.

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One of the Voxare's projects is called "Voxare Meets Man with a Movie Camera." Man with a Movie Camera is an amazing silent film from 1929 by Dziga Vertov, and Voxare has taken music of Shostakovich, Stravinsky, Prokofiev, and Mosolov and woven it into a moving sound track. Take a look at the trailer!:

Voxare Meets
                                                      the Man with a
                                                      Movie Camera --
Voxare Meets Man with a Movie Camera

For more lots more, continue here.




The Named Angels

This program brings together three emotionally powerful works - the Voxare's own arrangement of Bach's Concerto for Two Violins, Mendelssohn's youthful but astonishingly mature A minor quartet, and a new masterwork from acclaimed young American composer, Mohammed Fairouz (b. 1985). Mr. Fairouz has been hailed by The New York Times as "an important new artistic voice" and by BBC World News as "one of the most talented composers of his generation."


1. Bach: Concerto for Two Violins in D minor, BWV 1043


3. Mendelssohn: String Quartet No. 2 in A minor, Op. 13 (1827)


The Bow Bows Out

Each of these works features extensive playing without bows!


1. Bartók: String Quartet No. 4, Sz. 91 (1927)

2. Lou Harrison: String Quartet Set  (1978-79)


3. Mendelssohn: String Quartet in A minor, Op. 13 (1827)


Vocal Romantics

"I conceive all music ... vocally.  Whatever my music is written for - tuba, tambourine, tubular bells - it is always the singer within me crying to get out." - Ned Rorem.  This program comprises three works from composers, Romantic and Neo-Romantic, particularly admired for their vocal compositions, and the singing nature of all their work.  It also celebrates the 90th birthday of Ned Rorem (b. 1923).  Daron Hagen is one of Rorem's most widely acclaimed students.  His String Quartet No. 3, written for Voxare, will be featured on Voxare's debut CD, for Naxos, an all-Hagen disc that will also include Hagen's String Quartet No. 1 and his "Alive in a Moment" (String Quartet No. 2) for string quartet and baritone.  Both composers are particularly admired for their vocal compositions and ally their Romantic style with that of Schubert.


1. Daron Hagen: String Quartet No. 3 (2012) - VOXARE COMMISSION

2. Ned Rorem: String Quartet No. 4 (1994)


3. Schubert: String Quartet in D minor "Death and the Maiden" (1824)


The Rorem String Quartets

Voxare is currently planning a recording of the complete string quartets of Ned Rorem.  They recently revived his long-neglected String Quartet No. 2, giving the Washington Premiere (and possibly only the third performance) at The Phillips Collection in February 2012.  (Note: The String Quartet No. 1 is lost.)


1. Ned Rorem: String Quartet No. 2 (1950)

2. Ned Rorem: String Quartet No. 3 (1991)


3. Ned Rorem: String Quartet No. 4 (1994)

4. Ned Rorem: String Quartet No. 5 "United States" (2001)


Folk Songs

This program features four works with important folk music influences.  The opening and closing movements of Harrison's String Quartet Set evoke the Middle East.  Nowakowski's quartet - written for and premiered by the Voxare String Quartet - uses elements of traditional Polish music and contains allusions to the Soviet occupation.  While Bartók's fourth quartet does not contain direct quotations from folk music, it is immersed in that sound world and the rhythms of the regional languages.  Pannonia was the name of a Roman province that comprised much of the Balkans region of Eastern Europe; Vrebalov describes her composition as an homage to the Gypsy musicians of this region.


1.Lou Harrison: String Quartet Set (1978-79)

2. Mark Nowakowski: String Quartet No. 1 (2010) - VOXARE COMMISSION


3. Bartók: String Quartet No. 4, Sz. 91 (1927)

4. Aleksandra Vrebalov: Pannonia Boundless (1998)

Voxare Meets Man With a Movie Camera

*Especially appealing to universities and schools!*

Requires Video Projection


Voxare has selected music of Soviet-era Russian composers - Shostakovich, Prokofiev, Stravinsky, and Mosolov - to accompany a screening of Dziga Vertov's groundbreaking 1929 silent film, Man With a Movie Camera.


The New York Times:

"With rustic melodies made edgy through piquant harmonies, and in passages of turbulent mechanical chugging, the music neatly corresponded to Vertov's jumpy barrage of images. The members of the quartet, seated in darkness to one side of the stage, played with precision and passion; Emily Ondracek-Peterson, the first violinist, provided elegant solo work."


Playlist (in alphabetical order)

Mosolov: String Quartet No. 1

Prokofiev: String Quartet No. 2

Prokofiev: Visions Fugitives

Shostakovich: String Quartet No. 1

Shostakovich: String Quartet No. 2

Shostakovich: String Quartet No. 3

Shostakovich: String Quartet No. 7

Shostakovich: String Quartet No. 11

Shostakovich: String Quartet No. 12

Stravinsky: Three Pieces for String Quartet

Peabody Trio


The Peabody Trio will perform works of Mozart, Beethoven, Schumann, Brahms, and Ravel, as well as new works by Fred Lerdahl and Salvatore Sciarrino in 2015-2016.


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I have posted performances from a concert at the Peabody Conservatory last April - music of Beethoven, Dvorák, and Kurtág. To get you started, here are the second and third movements of the "Dumky" Trio.

Dvorak Dumky
Dvorák: "Dumky" Trio


2015-2016 PROGRAMS


Program 1

This program offers one of the first works for the piano trio in which all three instruments gain a truly equal voice (Mozart), either of two works from the heart of the Romantic repertory (Schumann, Brahms), the fascinating sound exploration by one of Europe's most unusual voices (Sciarrino), and a classic of the early 20th century (Ravel).


1. Mozart: Trio in E major, K. 542

2. Schumann: Trio No. 3 in G minor, Op. 110

    - OR - Brahms: Trio No. 3 in C minor, Op. 101


3. Salvatore Sciarrino: Trio No. 2 (1987) ***

4. Ravel: Trio


Program 2

This program balances two of the great master works for Trio, by Beethoven and Brahms, with two contemporary works - one from Europe (Italy's Salvatore Sciarrino), and the other from the United States (Fred Lerdahl, a work composed for the Peabody Trio).


1. Salvatore Sciarrino: Trio No. 2 (1987) ***

2. Beethoven: Trio in E-flat major, Op. 70, No. 2


3. Fred Lerdahl: Times 3 (2012) - commissioned by the Peabody Trio *****

4. Brahms: Trio No. 3 in C minor, Op. 101


Program 3

Mozart and Beethoven by Three and Two

This program brings together a trio and a duo sonata each from Mozart and Beethoven.


1. Mozart: Trio in E major, K. 542

2. Beethoven: Sonata for Cello & Piano No. 4 in C major, Op. 102, No. 1

    - OR - Beethoven: Sonata for Cello & Piano No. 5 in D major, Op. 102, No. 2


3. Mozart: Sonata No. 28 for Violin & Piano in E-flat major, K. 380

4. Beethoven: Trio in E-flat major, Op. 70, No. 2


*** According to The Guardian, "Sciarrino is firmly established as one of the leading European composers of our time. His music inhabits an instantly recognisable soundworld of fragile, fleeting events that are often teetering on the edge of inaudibility, pushing instruments to the limits of their ranges."


Sciarrino's website

A recording on YouTube of Sciarrino's Trio No. 2

(musicians not identified; not the Peabody Trio)


**** Fred Lerdahl has been described by The New Yorker as a composer "whose fiercely intellectual music also possesses a pulsing, luminescent beauty."


Lerdahl's website

The composer's note on Times 3

Atlantic Brass Quintet



The Atlantic Brass Quintet has just released a new recording, "Crossover" (Summit Records). Their 2015-2016 program draws from that CD, as well as their usual rich variety of music from the Baroque to the present day.


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Here is a link that includes a couple of tracks from "Crossover." To get you started, here's one called "Bubamara." Bubamara means "labybug" in Rromanes. The ladybug is an important symbol in Rromani, or Gypsy, culture. For the Rroma, the ladybug attracts guests to the home, and is also a sign of good luck. For the Rroma, the home is a sacred place, and the act of having guests is taken very seriously. This song speaks of the "cute little ladybug" and encourages all the Rroma to get together and dance!



2015-2016 Program


The Atlantic's program opens with one of their signal Handel adaptations, followed by a set, "Brass Voices," comprising three classic vocal works and a new work by the quintet trumpeter Andrew Sorg. Mr. Sorg falls asleep each night with the help of white noise from a fan - but as one might expect of a musician, he hears quite a lot more than a blur of gentle noise.


After intermission, the program continues with a high-octane work from Mexico's Sylvestre Revueltas, then two Jazz-inspired works from the new ABQ album, "Crossover," and concludes with three of the Atlantic's amazing pieces by or inspired by the music of Balkan composers - their "Balkan Invasion"!


Handel: Vivace from the Concerto Grosso in D major, Op. 3, No. 6


"Brass Voices"

Brahms: Es ist ein Ros'entsprungen, Op. 122, No. 2

Byrd: Christ Rising Again (Easter Anthem)

Bruckner: Christus Factus

Andrew Sorg: Voices in Da Fan (2014)




Sylvestre Revueltas: Ocho por Radio (1933)



Shostakovich: Jazz Suite No. 1 (1934)

Alan Ferber: Kopi Luwak (2010)


"Balkan Invasion"

Marko Marković: Walking on the Bridge

Kukurba/Lato: Sat                                                             

Kenny Warren: Sing Sing Čoček                                                                   

New Century Saxophone Quartet

                                            Century Saxophone Quartet


The New Century Saxophone Quartet offers an incredible variety of options for 2015-2016:

  • New Century Mix: The perfect combination of everything from Bach to contemporary.
  • New Century Fun: A lighter program featuring Bernstein, Gershwin, Piazzolla, and more.
  • New Century Contemporary: NCSQ commissions from David Lang, Barbara Kolb, Michael Torke...
  • The Art of Fugue: Bach score offers no hint of instrumentation - and it just so happens this music is perfect for saxophone quartet.
  • A New Century Christmas: Ask a more than a dozen composers to adapt holiday music, and you end up with this amazing program.

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Here's a link to a track from the New Century's new recording - due out in the new few weeks from Alanna Records. The album is called "Weekend Traveler," and explores a variety of folk-influenced music, some new, some tradition. Here is "Veracruz," Jose Riojas's arrangement drawing on many favorite Mexican tunes. See how many you can identify! To here more, continue here.



Veracruz (arr.
                                                  Jose Riojas)
Veracruz (arr. Jose Riojas)

2015-2016 Programs


New Century Mix

1. Bach: Italian Concerto, BWV 971

2. Michael Torke: May, June and July

3. Trad. Mexican: Veracruz


4. Stephen Pollock: O Northern Star

5. Harald Genzmer: Saxophone Quartet No. 2

6. Glenn Haynes: Minstreel

7. Gurdjieff/De Hartmann: Asian Songs and Rhythms

8. Dimitri Shostakovich: Folk Dances


New Century Fun

1. Gershwin: Selections from Porgy & Bess

2. Bernstein: Selections from West Side Story

3. Trad. Mexican: Veracruz


4. Jacques Press: Wedding Dance

5. Robert Burns: Suite

6. Piazzolla: Bordel 1900 from "L'histoire du Tango"

7. Dimitri Shostakovich: Folk Dances


New Century Contemporary

1. David Lang: Revolutionary Etudes *

2. Barbara Kolb: Franciscan Chant *


3. David Cutler: Songs of the Weekend Traveler *

4. Jorrit Dijkstra: Shrut

5. Michael Torke: May, June and July *

6. Marc Mellits: Black


* New Century commissions


New Century Performs The Art of Fugue

Option 4A

1. Jean Baptiste Singelée: Premier Quatuor, Op. 53

    OR- David Lang: Revolutionary Etudes

    OR- Other alternatives available on request


2. Bach: The Art of Fugue, BWV 1080 (twelve contrapuncti and chorale)


Option 4B

Bach: The Art of Fugue, BWV 1080 (complete)

A complete, 80-minute program


A New Century Christmas

The New Century Saxophone Quartet's holiday album, "A New Century Christmas" (Channel Classics 14698) was released in 2000 to wild critical acclaim and was featured on National Public Radio's "Weekend Edition," leading to a Command Performance at the White House.


"A New Century Christmas" is a series of delightful and moving arrangements of holiday standards by over a dozen composers from the worlds of classical, jazz, and popular music.  Among the composers who joined in the fun were Lenny Pickett (leader of the Saturday Night Live Band), Ben Johnston, David Ott, Ronald Rudkin, and Lawrence Dillon.


"The aural equivalent of spiked eggnog. ...  Mixes festivity and funk; Lenny Pickett's hilarious klezmer-style 'God Rest Ye Merry Gentle Mensch' is alone worth the price of admission."

-Chicago Tribune


1. Bob Mintzer: Contraption

2. Bach: Selections from The Art of Fugue

3. Bernstein (arr. Riojas): Selections from West Side Story


4. Ben Johnston (arr.): The First Noel

5. Ben Boone (arr.): We Four Kings

6. Arthur Frackenpohl (arr.): Lo, How a Rose E'er Blooming

7. Bach (arr. Frackenpohl): In Dulci Jubilo

8. Rodgers (arr. Boone): My Favorite Things

9. Lawrence Dillon (arr.): O Holy Night

10. Lenny Pickett (arr.): God Rest Ye Merry Gentle Mensch

11. Glenn Haynes (arr.): Lo, How a Rose E'er Blooming

12. Glenn Haynes (arr.): In the Bleak Midwinter

13. Lewis Redner (arr. David Ott): O Little Town of Bethlehem

14. Lawrence Dillon (arr.): The Last Noel

15. Franz Gruber (arr. Gorgon Goodwin): Silent Night

William Kanengiser, guitar

William Kanengiser  

William Kanengiser's 2015-2016 program comprises the Baroque (Bach, De Murcia), the Romantic (Giuliani's take on Rossini), and a "World Tour" that visits Africa, the Middle East, Eastern Europe, China, and the Caribbean.


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You can listen to a variety of performances by William Kanengiser here. To get you started, here's something new, a video of him performing one of the works on his 2015-2016 program, "Spring Snow," by Gerald Garcia. Mr. Kanengiser talks about the inspiration for the piece - it involves dim sum - at the end of the video.



Click on image to open "Spring Snow"

2015-2016 Program


Santiago de Murcia (ca.1685-1732): Sonata in D minor

J.S. Bach (1685-1750): Sonata No. 2, BWV 1004*

Mauro Giuliani (1781-1829): Rossiniana No. 6, Op. 124





Béla Bartók (1881-1945): Sonatina*

Oliver Hunt (1934-2000): The Barber of Baghdad

Dusan Bogdanovic (b. 1955): Three African Sketches

Ernesto Cordero (b. 1946): Dos Piezas Afro-Antillanas

Gerald Garcia (b. 1949): Winter on Yellow Mountain / Spring Snow


* Arranged by William Kanengiser

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& The Life Suburban

The latest entry in the Hoboken Diary is not strictly about Hoboken, though it makes a cameo appearance. In this essay, we talk of Chris Christie and Leo Tolstoy. And the Master of the Universe.

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Atlantic Brass Quintet
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