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A blessing of unicorns

Cellists Joshua Roman, Paul Wiancko, Christopher Costanza, and Nina Lee perform Wiancko's "When the Night" at Spoleto Festival USA.Photo: courtesy of Spoleto Festival USA

August 02, 2022

Concert curator Geoff Nuttall loves cellos. Can't get enough of them. But he says that getting four cellists onstage at the same time is like trying to get four unicorns together. On today's show, a rare sighting: four all-star cellists at the Spoleto Festival USA perform "When the Night" by Paul Wiancko.

Episode Playlist

Hour 1

Andre Previn: Tango Song and Dance: Movement 2: "Song. Simply"
Augustin Hadelich, violin | Joyce Yang, piano
Album: Franck - Kurtag - Previn - Schumann: Augustin Hadelich - Joyce Yang
Avie 2347

Enrique Granados: Concert Allegro, Op. 56
Ivan Martin, piano
Fundacion Juan March, Madrid, Spain

Eugene Ysaye: Trio de Concert - Le Londres: Movements 1 & 2
Jeff Thayer, violin | Jennifer Ross, violin | Susan Gulkis Assadi, viola
Grand Teton Music Festival, Walk Festival Hall, Jackson Hole, WY

George Walker: String Quartet No. 1
Augustin Hadelich, violin | James Ehnes, violin | Yura Lee, viola | Raphael Bell, cello
Seattle Chamber Music Society, The Center for Chamber Music, Seattle, WA

Hour 2

Miguel del Aguila: Salon Buenos Aires: Samba
Camerata San Antonio
Album: Miguel Del Aguila: Salon Buenos Aires
Bridge 9302

Miguel del Aguila: Herbsttag "Autumn Day"
Roma Duncan, flute | J. Christopher Marshall, bassoon | Marguerite Lynn Williams, harp
Members of the Minnesota Orchestra, Orchestra Hall, Minneapolis, MN

Reinhold Gliere: Horn Concerto B flat Major Op. 91
Yun Zeng, French horn | Mariinsky Theatre Symphony Orchestra | Arseny Shuplyakov, conductor
The XVI International Tchaikovsky Competition, Concert Hall of the Mariinsky Theatre, St. Petersburg, Russia

Paul Wiancko: When the Night, for Cello Quartet
Joshua Roman, Paul Wiancko, Christopher Costanza, Nina Lee, cellos
Chamber Music from Spoleto Festival USA 2019, South Carolina Public Radio, Dock Street Theater, Charleston, SC