Left to right: David, Nathan Currier, Justin Dello Joio, Christopher Rouse, Matthias Pintscher, Libby Larsen, Bruce Adolphe.
The Chamber Music Society’s series New Music in the Rose opened this week with a marathon performance of five contemporary works for chamber ensembles. Inaugurated and programmed by David Finckel and Wu Han, the series collects and presents significant works of chamber music by living composers which push the genre forward while extending the great traditions of the past. A lively post-concert conversation, led by composer Bruce Adolphe, provided insights into the conception of each of the works.
in David’s words…
One of the most interesting and enlightening responsibilities we enjoy at the Chamber Music Society is the programming of the Society’s new music series. Formerly known as “Double Exposure”, in which a handful of works were performed twice in one evening, our series, now in its fourth season, presents full programs of works selected by us from among the hundreds of submissions received by the Society on an annual basis.
Works are often brought to our attention by performers as well, such as the piano trio which closed this performance by Justin Dello Joio. The intriguing, complex work was recorded by violinist Ani Kavafian but had yet to have its world premiere. Ani was joined by two guest: New York Philharmonic cellist Carter Brey, and former CMS Two pianist Shai Wosner. Libby Larsen’s delightful “Dancing Solo” for clarinet alone was featured on a Music@Menlo Prelude Performance this past summer, in a spectacular performance by clarinetist Romie de Guise-Langlois, which she graciously reprised for us in New York with stunning technique and engaging charisma.
The music of the German-born but now New York-based composer Matthias Pintscher has reached the global stage, performed by the many of the world’s great orchestras and soloists. In our performance of Pintchers’s haunting work, inspired by a painting of Cy Twombly, new CMS Two violinist Jessica Lee was joined by guest violist Richard O’Neill, himself a former CMS Two artist, and my cousin, the fearless expert of contemporary music Christopher Finckel.
Nathan Currier’s haunting “Night Time”, depicting five aspects of the night, opened the program, with CMS Two artists Bridget Kibbey and Yura Lee making their series debuts. And veteran composer Christopher Rouse’s “Compline”, for string quartet and trio of winds, which has become something of a classic since its premiere in 1996, showed off the expert playing of our artists for the evening, which included a debut for flutist Sooyun Kim as well.