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Caroline Shaw: Watermark

Image of Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 3 (original score)IMSLP via Wikimedia Commons

May 04, 2021

In printing and publishing, a watermark is a faint design in paper that's used to identify the time and place the paper came from. Composer Caroline Shaw had a poetic version of that idea and composed a piece that references a Beethoven piano concerto. On today's show, hear Jonathan Biss and the Saint Paul Chamber orchestra play Watermark, by Caroline Shaw.

Episode Playlist

Hour 1

R. Nathaniel Dett: In the Bottoms - Suite: Prelude: Night
William Chapman Nyaho, piano
Senku - Piano Music by Composers of African Descent
MSR Classics NA

Bruce Adolphe: Couple
David Finckel, cello; Wu Han, piano
Music@Menlo, The Center for Performing Arts at Menlo-Atherton, Atherton, CA

Richard Wagner, arr. Kenneth Woods: Siegfried Idyll
English Symphony Orchestra; Kenneth Woods, conductor
English Symphony Orchestra, Wyastone Concert Hall, Monmouth, UK

R. Nathaniel Dett: Magnolia Suite: Part 2
Denver Oldham, piano
R. Nathaniel Dett: Piano Works by Denver Oldham
New World 367

Hour 2

Robert Schumann: Kreisleriana, Op. 16 III. Sehr aufgeregt
Jonathan Biss, piano
Schumann: Fantasie, Kreisleriana & Arabeske
EMI 65391

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Oboe Quartet in F Major, K. 370
James Austin Smith, oboe; from the Escher Quartet: Adam Barnett-Hart, violin; Pierre LaPointe, viola; Brook Speltz, cello
The Chamber Music Society of Palm Beach, The Breakers - Gold Room, Palm Beach, FL

Caroline Shaw: Watermark
Jonathan Biss, piano; Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra; Mischa Santora, conductor
SPCO, Ordway Concert Hall, Saint Paul, MN

Moses Hogan: My Soul's Been Anchored
Morehouse College Glee Club; David Morrow, conductor
Bound for the Promised Land
Albany Records NA

Marques Garrett: Seek Ye First
Morehouse College Glee Club; David Morrow, conductor
IMC Intercollegiate Men's Choruses Inc. 2012 National Seminar The Morehouse College Glee Club
Morehouse College NA