Jacaranda Play VL in Santa Monica

Date: 
03/07/2009 - 20:00
Location: 
USA: Santa Monica CA
Work Performed: 
Choros #05
Rudepoema
Bachianas Brasileiras #5

RAIN FOREST IN PARIS

March 7, Saturday 8:00 pm
First Pres Santa Monica

Heitor Villa-Lobos
Choro No.5 "Alma Brasileira" for piano (1925)
Rudepoema for piano (1921-26)
Olivier Messiaen
The Necklace and Giving Thanks
from Poems for Mi (1936) for soprano and piano
Heitor Villa-Lobos
Bachianas Brasileiras No. 5 (1938-45) for soprano and eight cellos
Marius Constant
Pierre - Jewels (1980) for three solo cellos
Maurice Ravel
Piano Trio in A minor (1914)

Danny Holt, piano
Jacquelynne Fontaine, soprano
Mark Alan Hilt, piano
Andrew Schulman, cello
Timothy Loo, cello
Robert Edward Thies, piano
Tereza Lucia Stanislav, violin
Cecilia Tsan, cello
plus five more cellists to be announced.

The Brazilian taught himself to compose while inspired by the Amazon's wet green mansions and the Caripunas Indians who lived there. In the City of Light, his intensely fragrant music with its atmosphere of longing and brutal rhythms struck Parisians as hypnotic and strange - a Rain Forest in Paris. A pair of early Messiaen songs joins the famous vocalise with cello octet in nuanced ecstasy. Using only three cellos, Constant leans over his jeweler's glass to contemplate amethyst, ruby, sapphire, emerald, diamond and topaz. Ravel's ever-surprising music manages to reflect cosmopolitan life, Malaysian verse, Basque dances and relentless nature showing through.