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OCTOBER 5: DREW UNIVERSITY CMS SEASON OPENS
11 Oct 2009
David Finckel and Wu Han Blog

To kick off the fourth season of The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center’s series at Madison’s Drew University, David and Wu Han invited clarinetist David Shifrin to join them for an all-clarinet trio program of Beethoven, Bruch and Brahms. The concert took place in Drew’s state-of-the-art venue, the Concert Hall, with acoustics designed by Jaffe/Holden.

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in David’s words…
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During our first venture as Artistic Directors, at La Jolla’s SummerFest, we invited David Shifrin and artists from the Chamber Music Society to perform, and in addition to mounting a symposium on the history of the Society, David Shifrin was highlighted in a concert titled “The Extraordinary David Shifrin” during which he played every work on the program, including the clarinet trio by Brahms with us. It was an extraordinary experience that we never forgot, and we have since sought out every occasion to perform as a trio together. At the time, David was the Artistic Director of CMS, where he served with distinction for twelve years, mounting ambitious and innovative projects, expanding the artist roster, and creating the entire CMS Two program.

It has always been a peak experience to play with David, and this program reminded us again of the depth of this musician’s artistry, and instrumental mastery. The four pieces by Bruch, from the set of eight originally for viola with clarinet and piano, were a delight to perform, and we look forward to learning them all.

Before the concert we met on stage for a pre-concert talk for Drew’s lively and interested audience, introducing the music and exchanging information about the composers, and, in this case, the great clarinetists of the past who inspired these marvelous works.

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Brahms: Quintet for Clarinet and Strings in B minor, Op. 115
Bartók: Contrasts for Violin, Clarinet and Piano, Sz 111
Bernstein: Sonata for Clarinet and Piano
Mozart: Quintet for Clarinet and Strings in A major, K 581
Mozart: Serenade for Winds no 11 in E flat major, K 375
Seiber: Serenade for 2 Clarinets, 2 Bassoons and 2 Horns
Music for Viola and Gypsy Band
Bolcom: Afternoon Cakewalk
Brahms: Sonata for Clarinet and Piano no 1 in F minor, Op. 120 no 1
Brahms: Trio for Clarinet, Cello and Piano in A minor, Op. 114
Piazzolla: La muerte del Angel
Debussy: Première Rhapsodie for Clarinet and Piano
Poulenc: Sonata for Clarinet and Piano in B-flat major, FP 184
Martinu: Sonatina for Clarinet and Piano, H 356
Hindemith: Sonata for Clarinet and Piano
Lutoslawski: Dance Preludes (5) for Clarinet and Piano
Debussy: Two pieces from Children's Corner arr. for clarinet and piano by David Schiff
Debussy: Première Rhapsodie for Clarinet and Piano
Mozart: Parto, ma tu ben mio from La Clemenza di Tito
Dvorak: Serenade for Winds in D minor, Op. 44
Mozart: Serenade for Winds no 10 in B flat major, K 361 (370a) "Gran Partita"
Weber: Quintet for Clarinet and Strings in B flat major, J 182/Op. 34
Weber: Variations (7) for Clarinet and Piano from "Silvana," J 128/Op 33
Weber: Grand Duo concertante for Clarinet and Piano in E flat major, J 204/Op. 48
Schubert: Der Hirt auf dem Felsen, D 965/Op. 129 (The Shepherd on the Rock)
Dvorak: Serenade for Winds in D minor, Op. 44
Strauss: Duet-Concertino for Clarinet, Bassoon, Strings and Harp, AV 147
Piazzolla: Oblivion
Rogerson: Constellations
Bunch: Ralph's Old Records for Flute, Clarinet, Viola, Cello, and PIano
Schickele: Serenade for Three
Schickele: Clarinet Quintet "Spring Ahead"
Shulman: Rendezvous
Etler: Concerto for Clarinet and Chamber Ensemble
Mozart: Serenade for Winds in E-flat Major, K. 375
Beethoven: Quintet for Piano, Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon and Horn in E flat major, Op. 16
Bruch: Eight Pieces for viola, clarinet, and piano, Op. 83
Davidovsky: Septet for Piano, Flute, Clarinet, Violin, Viola, Cello and Bass
Beethoven: Septet in E flat major, Op. 20
Jalbert: Street Antiphons
Brahms: Quintet for Clarinet and Strings in B minor, Op. 115
Mozart: Quintet for Clarinet and Strings in A major, K 581
Stravinsky: L'histoire du soldat