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The Unfolding of Music II: Disc 2 (2008)

<em>The Unfolding of Music II:</em> Disc 2

Disc II offers an irresistible study in fantasy from the late seventeenth century to the age of modernism. Henry Purcell’s Fantasia upon One Note, Robert Schumann’s Opus 73 Fantasy Pieces, and Benjamin Britten’s Phantasy for oboe quartet represent markedly disparate musical eras, but are united in their wide-eyed imagination and breadth of invention. The optimistic “Sunrise” Quartet of Joseph Haydn, the Classical Viennese wit similarly prone to musical fantasy, bridges the journey from the Baroque period to the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. The final work on this recording, Kenneth Frazelle’s vividly colored Piano Trio—commissioned by Music@Menlo and heard here in its world premiere recording—arrives at the dawn of the twenty-first century. The Frazelle Piano Trio marks Music@Menlo’s first commission and received its first performances at the 2008 festival season.

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Selections

Fantasia upon One Note, Z. 745 (1680) | Henry Purcell (3:40)

  • Escher String Quartet
  • Hsin-Yun Huang, Viola

String Quartet in B-flat Major, op. 76, no. 4, "Sunrise" (1797) | Joseph Haydn (23:57)

  • Escher String Quartet

Phantasiestücke, op. 73 (1849) | Robert Schumann (11:09)

  • Derek Han, Piano
  • Anthony McGill, Clarinet

Phantasy, op. 2 (1932) | Benjamin Britten (12:38)

  • William Bennett, Oboe
  • Andrés Díaz, Cello
  • Paul Neubauer, Viola
  • Ian Swensen, Violin

Piano Trio (2008) (world premiere recording) | Kenneth Frazelle (25:21)

  • David Finckel, Cello
  • Jeffrey Kahane, Piano
  • Joseph Swensen, Violin

Artists

  • William Bennett, Oboe
  • Andrés Díaz, Cello
  • Escher String Quartet, String Quartet
  • David Finckel, Cello
  • Derek Han, Piano
  • Hsin-Yun Huang, Viola
  • Jeffrey Kahane, Piano
  • Anthony McGill, Clarinet
  • Paul Neubauer, Viola
  • Ian Swensen, Violin
  • Joseph Swensen, Violin

<em>The Unfolding of Music II:</em> Disc 2 Total Time: 76:45
Discs: 1
Price: $15.00
Year Recorded: 2008