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The patterns of life

Performance Today - May 24, 2024

Composer Jessie Montgomery found inspiration in nature's infinitely repeating patterns: fractals. Her fascination with these natural wonders led her to write a captivating new piece that brings fractals to life through sound. On today's show, we'll hear "Rounds" by Jessie Montgomery, a musical exploration of nature's boundless beauty.

Episode Playlist

Hour 1

Johannes Brahms: Ballade No. 1
Awadagin Pratt, piano
Album: Awadagin Pratt: A Long Way from Normal

Max Bruch: Selections from 8 Pieces for Clarinet, Viola and Piano
Todd Palmer, clarinet | Masumi Per Rostad, viola | Inon Barnatan, piano
Spoleto Festival USA Chamber Music Series, Dock Street Theatre, Charleston, SC

Jessie Montgomery: Rounds for Piano and Strings
Awadagin Pratt, piano | Minnesota Orchestra | Mei-Ann Chen, conductor
Minnesota Orchestra, Orchestra Hall, Minneapolis, MN

Gustav Holst: St. Paul's Suite
The Scottish Ensemble | Jonathan Morton, conductor
University of Georgia Performing Arts Center, Hugh Hodgson Concert Hall, Athens, GA

Hour 2

Robert Paterson: String Quartet No. 3 movement 2: Poet Voice
Indianapolis Quartet
Album: Robert Paterson: String Quartets 1-3
American Modern Recordings 1054

Sergei Rachmaninoff, arr. Dmitri Atapine: Vespers, Op. 37: Movement 5 Lord, Now Lettest Thou Thy Servant Depart in Peace
Dmitri Atapine, Nicholas Canellakis, Joshua Halpern, Jasper Lee, Estelle Choi, Katina Pantazopoulos, Rachel Siu, Katherine Lee, Inbal Segev, Sara Flexer, Brian Gadbow, Lucas Chen, Joel Kim, David Finckel, cellos
Music@Menlo Chamber Music Festival and Institute, Spieker Center for the Arts, Menlo Park, CA

Antonio Vivaldi: Flute Concerto No. 2 in G Minor, Op. 10 RV439 "La Notte"
Elizabeth Mann, flute | Michael Kroth, bassoon | Steven Copes, violin | Stefan Hersh, violin | David Ying, cello | Susan Cahill, bass | Susan Grace, harpsichord
Colorado College Summer Music Festival, Packard Hall, Colorado Springs, CO

Robert Paterson: Triple Concerto
Neave Trio | Mostly Modern Orchestra | JoAnn Falletta, conductor
Mostly Modern Festival, Arthur Zankel Music Center, Helen Filene Ladd Concert Hall, Saratoga Springs, NY

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