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Tanglewood Music Center Chamber Concerts: TMC Chamber Music Hosted by Norman Fischer with Special Guest Michael Nock
August 16, 2020 @ 10:00 AM - 12:00 PMFree
TMC Chamber Music
Hosted by Norman Fischer, with special guest Michael Nock
The finale to this series of Sunday morning broadcasts is bounded by two pillars: the C major Piano Trio of Brahms, about which the composer (modestly) wrote to his publisher that “you very likely have not published its equal in the last ten years,” and third of Beethoven’s Op. 59 Razumovskyquartets in which he expanded the proportions and gravity of the quartet genre beyond anything that come before. In contrast, the central portion of the broadcast contains all 21st century works—two by TMC composers, and one in memoriam. Nathan Shields was a Composition Fellow in 2015 and the recipient of the following summer’s commission for brass and percussion—a work of both terror and humor that he entitled Vigil, which received a tour-de-force premiere. Composer-performer-improvisor-theorist George Lewis is a member of the Composition Faculty; his Thistledown is written for piano, percussion, and cello, though its sounds transcend the size of the ensemble. And Polish composer Krzysztof Penderecki—known for his groundbreaking explorations of texture and allusions to musical forms of the past—passed away on March 29, 2020. The Quintetto per archi is an arrangement of his 2008 String Quartet No. 3 that expands the group to include a double bass.