Performance Today

Under the influence

Untitled acrylic and mixed media on canvas by Jean-Michel Basquiat.Fair use, via Wikimedia Commons

July 29, 2021

There's a long tradition of music inspired by visual art, and that continues right up to this day. On today's show, hear the world premiere performance the Violin Concerto by French composer Pascal Zavaro — music that Zavaro says was written "under the influence" of images by Jean-Michel Basquiat.

Episode Playlist

Hour 1

Paul Hindemith: 4 Pieces for 2 bassoons
Daniele Damiano, bassoon / Milan Turkovic, bassoon
Album: United Sounds of Bassoon
Koch/Schwann Koch/Schwann 313 742

Philip Glass: Concerto for Saxophone Quartet and Orchestra
Signum Saxophone Quartet
WDR Radio Orchestra; Boian Videnoff, conductor
Philharmonie, Cologne, Germany

Franz Schubert: String Trio in B-flat Major, D. 471
Tessa Lark, violin
Cynthia Phelps, viola
Ronald Thomas, cello
Seattle Chamber Music Society, Center for Chamber Music, Seattle, WA

Paul Hindemith: Cupid and Psyche (Farnesina)
ROCO; Victor Yampolsky, conductor
ROCO, St. John the Divine Church, Houston, TX

Hour 2

Giacomo Puccini, arr. Anderson and Roe Piano Duo: Madame Butterfly: Humming Chorus
Anderson & Roe Piano Duo / Accent Vocal
Album: Mother
SWR 19058

Sydney Guillaume: N'ap Debat
Cantus
Album: For the Beauty of the Earth
SELF PROD 461

Giacomo Puccini: I Crisantemi for String Quartet
Daedalus Quartet
Skaneateles Festival, First Presbyterian Church, Skaneateles, NY

Pascal Zavaro: Violin Concerto
Julia Fischer, violin
Orchestre National de France; Cristian Macelaru, conductor
Auditorium Radio France Broadcasting House, Paris, France