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Reena Esmail

Composer Reena EsmailPhoto: Rachel Garcia

June 15, 2021

When composer Reena Esmail was a student at Yale, she became close friends with the one other woman in her program, Suzana Bartal. When Suzana got married, Esmail flew to France for the wedding and brought along a special gift. On today's show, hear the story and the gift: "Saans" by Reena Esmail.

Episode Playlist

Hour 1

Manuel de Falla, arr. Vincent Agustinovich: El amor brujo for 4 Guitars: Ritual Fire Dance
Los Romeros
Album: Spanish Guitar Favourites
Universal

Florent Schmitt: Oriane et le Prince d'Amour
The Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra | JoAnn Falletta, conductor
The Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, Kleinhans Music Hall, Buffalo, NY

Clara Schumann: Piano Trio in G minor, Op. 17: Mvts. 3-4
Sylvan Trio:
Suzanne Bona, flute
Josh Aerie, cello
Greg Kostraba, piano
Music for Flute, Cello & Piano by Women Composers
Kickshaw Records 1002

Gaspar Sanz: Suite Espanola
Celino Romero, guitar
The University of Georgia Performing Arts Center, Ramsey Concert Hall, UGA Performing Arts Center, Athens, GA

Hour 2

Jean Sibelius: Valse Triste, Op. 44, No. 1
Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra | Esa-Pekka Salonen, conductor
Album: A Nordic Festival
Sony 46668

Traditional: Ya na kamushe siju (I'm sitting on the stone)
Russian Renaissance
Interlochen Presents, Dendrinos Chapel and Recital Hall, Interlochen, MI

Jean Sibelius: Symphony No. 6 in D minor, Op. 104
Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra | Klaus Makela, conductor
Berwaldhallen, Stockholm, Sweden

Reena Esmail: Saans (Breath) for Piano Trio
Yura Lee, violin
Paul Watkins, cello
Gilles Vonsattel, piano
Bridgehampton Chamber Music, Bridgehampton Presbyterian Church, Bridgehampton, NY