with BRUCE MOLSKY
Songs of hope and home from the American Civil War
Anonymous 4 and special guest Bruce Molsky commemorate the 150th anniversary of the end of the Civil War with songs that were in the air in the year 1865. It includes ballads and choruses originally intended for the stage and the parlor, as well as songs and instrumental tunes from the hills and back roads of America. They portray the highly emotional, personal stories of soldiers, widows and others who lived through one of the bloodiest wars in American history.
"Four a cappella voices making divine music." -NPR FIRST LISTEN
"Like all great songs, the songs on 1865 transcend time, place, and circumstance; they express some for the most basic and deepest emotions experienced by us all." -Choir and Organ (Jan/Feb 2015)
Pictures at an Exhibition
On this recording, Paul Lewis performs two major works of the keyboard repertoire. Decidedly programmatic, Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition is more commonly heard today in Ravel’s orchestral version. However, the original for solo piano is both a technical tour-de-force and a brilliant example of the composer’s coloristic gifts. The pairing is Schumann’s Fantaisie Op.17, a work whose movements originally had evocative titles (Ruin, Triumphal Arch, Constellation). The ‘program’ was removed before publication, but the ‘pictures’ Schumann intended listeners to imagine remain.
Ann Hobson Pilot
The name Astor Piazzolla is synonymous with the word tango. A musical ambassador who carried the signature sounds of Argentina’s cafes and nightclubs to concert halls around the world, his instantly recognizable compositions (attractively arranged here for harp, violin and bandoneón) are infused with elements of jazz, fusion and even classical baroque. Featured performers include former Boston Symphony principal harpist Ann Hobson Pilot, violinist Lucia Lin and Juan Pablo Jofre on bandoneón.
Hindemith composed more than thirty sonatas for an incredibly diverse collection of instruments – all of which he was capable of playing himself. This fascinating selection of works written between 1935 and 1948 is played by some of today’s finest soloists, with the guiding spirit of Alexander Melnikov at the piano. Soloists include violinist Isabelle Faust, cellist Alexander Rudin, trumpeter Jeroen Berwaerts, trombonist Gérard Costes and Teunis van der Zwart playing the rarely heard althorn.