news from the Jupiter Symphonys season finale

Before the concert, Jens Nygaard listed (for half an hour!!) some of next season's programs (not everything is finalized; I suppose it'll be a few weeks before it's at the website). Highlights include the five orchestral pieces by Ketelby, in half of one concert; an entire concert of Sullivan, including the 38-minute Irish Symphony; and nine Beethoven symphonies in one day (from 11 am to about 10 pm) at Temple Emmanuel on Fifth Avenue.

Then Baba Yaga by Dargmizhky ('the true father, not Glinka, of Russian music'); a spectacular work I'd never even heard of before, the (one-movement) Violin Concerto of Arensky; and after intermission, Tchaikovsky's Fifth Symphony. (It does sound rather different when the winds & brass are at their proper strength and the strings are something like 5.5.3.3.2.)

So, who's Arensky, and what else has he done?

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5 years ago #2
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This is obviously a use of the word 'highlight' with which I was previously

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Jens claims that any piece of music that performs its function perfectly is 'great.' Thus the 'bonbons' of that era are 'great' because they invoke a mood.

I should also mention he plans a Carnival of the Animals narrated by 'Marty' Bookspan

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:> unfamiliar.

: Jens claims that any piece of music that performs its function perfectly : is 'great.' Thus the 'bonbons' of that era are 'great' because they : invoke a mood.

There are plenty of 'bonbons' that are 'great' within the context of the genre. Ketelby's 'music' (and I use the term advisedly) would be 'great' by your criterion only if the mood he is trying to invoke is 'the desire to curl up in the fetal position and moan piteously because nobody deserves to be tortured like this.' Of course, you might be one of those folks who *likes* being tortured. . .

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It's not my criterion, it's Jens's; and the context is Charlie Chan movies and such. He likes to play the music he heard as a child in Louisiana in the 30s: nostalgia, as it were; and he treats it respectfully.

When did you last hear a Ketelby piece in, say, a summer evening concert in the town square? There were such things even in my yout' in the late 50s at the Jersey shore.

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Other fine Arensky works include- my honest opinion only- the piano trios (especially the first; I like the second as well, but the first is really something special in the repertoire and shows the composer near his finest, I think...), the second string quartet (I've heard the first string quartet only once, as I recall, and the piano quintet not at all yet,) the two symphonies (lesser works to my mind but quite enjoyable. The first uses a theme in its finale that some might find familiar. But then, the same could be said of the second string quartet, and not because its slow movement is variations on a theme of Tchaikovsky. )

Arensky CDs in my own collection have included, as I recall, two different recordings of the first trio- one on Delos with the Tchaikovsky trio (the Arensky mislabeled 'second trio' (did he write a now almost unknown earlier trio, a la Dohnanyi and his symphonies?) and the other on Calig correctly labeled and with the real, f minor second trio with the theme and variations finale. I've only kept the latter, but I'm not sure which I liked better. Both recordings and performances are very good. (I have the performers' names somewhere, but as they're the only performances of those works on those labels, I believe, they shouldn't be hard to find out!)

I've only heard the violin concerto and piano concerto once, and the piano suites, I think, not at all so far, regrettably (that I can remember!) Anyhow.

-Eric Schissel

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Yes, for you a highlight would be Eleanor Rigby.

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