Join the WFMT Radio Network on a musical journey to the foothills of New Mexico’s Sangre de Cristo Mountains as we present thirteen new, music-filled hours from the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival. Over almost half a century, the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival has become one of the world’s leading performing arts festivals, earning both critical praise and dedicated audiences for its lasting commitment to tradition, artistic excellence, and vision. Our series reflects the Festival’s high standards by offering a varied repertoire of superbly recorded concerts by today’s greatest classical artists.
The 2018 Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival radio series features performances from the Festival’s 2017 summer season. Each broadcast hour typically contains two or three full-length works representing chamber music’s core repertoire. The Festival also remains dedicated to lesser known composers and compositions, and to commissioning new works.
The series host is veteran WFMT announcer Kerry Frumkin. Composer and pianist Marc Neikrug, the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival’s artistic director, provides insightful commentary. Many of the performers also share remarks about their experiences at the Festival and the music they’ve played here.
Here are some highlights from the 2018 Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival radio series:
- This 13-week radio series brings your listeners outstanding performances of some timeless favorites from the chamber repertoire. Jon Kimura Parker, piano; Daniel Hope, violin; and Mark Kosower, cello gather to play the Piano Trio No. 1 in D Minor, Op. 49 by Mendelsohn. Inon Barnatan, piano; Daniel Phillips, violin; and Eric Kim, cello perform the Piano Trio No. 2 in C Major, Op. 87 by Brahms. You’ll hear the Johannes String Quartet in late Beethoven, the Op. 131 String Quartet No 14; as well as Bartok’s String Quartet No. 3, and Mozart’s 1790 String Quartet No. 22 in B-flat Major, K. 589, “Prussian No. 2.”
- Countertenor David Daniels makes his Festival debut as the 2017 Artist-in-Residence. The series begins with his performance of an aria from Handel’s Agrippina, and concludes with Mr. Daniels as vocal soloist in Stabat Mater, RV 621 by Vivaldi, both performed with ensembles of Festival artists. When Mr. Daniels appears in recital with Irish pianist Finghin Collins, they bring us French songs by Reynaldo Hahn, and selections from Steven Mark Kohn’s American Folk Songs.
- Each year, the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival helps to ensure the longevity of the art form by commissioning new works from living composers. In 2017, Phil Taylor participated in the Young Composers String Quartet Project and the FLUX Quartet gave the world premiere of his second string quartet, of embers and aspen leaves. Another world premiere will be a work commissioned by a friend of the Festival in honor of her husband’s birthday. It’s called Prisms, four pieces for solo piano, and Festival artistic director, Marc Neikrug, wrote it especially for pianist Kirill Gerstein.
- And the music continues with quintets, a String Octet by Max Bruch, and works for larger ensembles. There’s the Glazunov String Quintet in A Major, Elliott Carter’s Quintet for Piano and Strings, Schumann’s beloved Piano Quintet in E Flat Major, and the dramatic Piano Quintet in G Minor by Shostakovich. Finnish violinist and conductor, John Storgårds leads a Festival ensemble in Kurt Weill’s Concerto for Violin & Wind Orchestra, Op. 12.
- Violinist Rachel Barton Pine, the Anderson and Roe Piano Duo, mezzo-soprano Jennifer Johnson Cano, and trombonist from the Canadian Brass, Achilles Liarmakopoulos, are among those making their Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival debut in this series.
- Festival “regulars” returning to these programs include pianists Juho Pohjonen, Inon Barnatan, and Anne Marie McDermott; flutists Tara Helen O’Connor and Bart Feller; violinist/violist Ida Kavafian; the astonishing trumpeter Caleb Hudson (a member of the Canadian Brass); violinists Benny Kim, Jennifer Frautschi, and Martin Beaver; clarinetist Todd Levy; bassoon player Chris Millard; cellists Clive Greensmith, Keith Robinson, and Eric Kim; and the Orion and Miami String Quartets.
Music production for the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival radio series is by Grammy award-winning recording engineer, Matthew Snyder. The series producer is Louise Frank, whose Studs Terkel: Montage of a Life garnered the Gold World Award as well as the top honor, the Grand Award, at the 2009 New York Festivals.