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Roman Rabinovich piano
Antonín DVORÁK Piano Trio No. 1 in Bb Major Op. 21
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Monday, June 4 at 7:30pm
Nigel Armstrong violin
Joseph KREUTZER Grand Trio in A Major Op. 16
Very little is known about Kreutzer, who wrote mostly chamber music and instructive pieces for bowed strings and guitar. He was also a conductor, violinist, and guitarist. Kreutzer was born in Aachen in 1790 to a music teacher. Moving to Düsseldorf around 1805, he established himself among the leading musicians of the city. Records indicate that he taught the composer Norbert Burgmüller and was concertmaster at the local theater. He died in Düsseldorf in 1840. Although he was born 20 years after Beethoven, his music harks back to the Classical era, having the easy fluency of Mozart’s music.
SCHUBERT String Quartet No. 11 in E Major D. 353
Franz LACHNER String Quintet in C minor Op. 121
The Bavarian composer’s work was much admired: Mendelssohn was fascinated by it and Schumann called Lachner the most talented composer in southern Germany; Tchaikovsky also felt that Lachner had to be placed near the pinnacle of fine composers. Wilhelm Altmann, in his Handbook for Chamber Music Players, commented on the Quintet with 2 cellos, stating that “It cannot be denied that there is a certain greatness about it. The main theme to the opening movement...has a pleading, almost tragic quality to it. The music is superbly developed and even at one point has a magnificent fugal section. The whole thing is quite effective.” Among his pupils was Josef Rheinberger, who completed his music education with a course under Lachner at the conservatory in Munich, and who later taught Ferdinand Thieriot.
Jupiter Players on this program:
Eunae Koh violin
Maurycy Banaszek viola
Zlatomir Fung cello
Nicholas Finch cello
Jordan Dodson guitar
Barry Crawford flute
Vadim Lando clarinet
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Monday, July 16 at 7:30pm
Danbi Um violin
Sigismond NEUKOMM “Schöne Minka” Quintet Op. 8
Famous during the first half of the 19th century, Neukomm’s importance is as a transitional figure between Classicism and Romanticism. He was a prolific composer, his oeuvre comprising some 1300 works. Born in Salzburg, Neukomm studied with Joseph Haydn for 7 years in Vienna, beginning in March 1797. His arrangements of numerous works by Haydn were for the most part sanctioned by the composer. They included The Creation, Il Ritorno di Tobia, The Seasons, and Arianna a Naxos. Between mid-November 1808 and February 1809 he visited Haydn every day.
Ferdinand THIERIOT (1838-1919) String Sextet in D Major
The North German composer, cellist, teacher, and choral conductor was a pupil of Eduard Marxsen, who also taught Brahms in Hamburg, and of Josef Rheinberger in Munich. He performed as a soloist and as a member of several prominent string quartets. Brahms became a friend and recommended him for the position of Artistic Director of the Steiermärkischer Musikverein in Graz (1870-1885). After World War II, Thieriot’s archive (including the manuscripts) was taken to Leningrad, where the String Sextet was rescued when it was found floating in a flooded basement.
BRAHMS String Quintet No. 1 in F Major “Spring” Op. 88
Monday, June 25 at 7:30pm
Abigel Kralik violin
André-Frédéric ELER Horn Quartet Op. 1
Born in Alsace in 1764, Eler moved to Paris early in his career. When the Paris Conservatoire was formed in 1795, he served as its first librarian for two years, and subsequently taught at different times accompaniment, solfège, vocal training, and counterpoint and fugue until his death in 1821. During this period, he wrote numerous pieces which were performed by the students there. The New Grove Dictionary notes, “Eler’s music demonstrates a solid technique characterized by pure and ‘correct’ harmonies...somewhat Classical melodies, and an interest in counterpoint unusually great among his French contemporaries.... Though he was interested in opera, and wrote well-orchestrated stage works with a good sense of drama, he had little success in the genre.... He also wrote much interesting chamber music, at a time when the genre was little cultivated in France, as well as orchestral pieces, vocal canons and a few works for the Revolutionary cause.”
George ONSLOW String Quintet No. 30 in E minor Op. 74
Franglais son of the English Lord Edward Onslow and noble French woman Marie-Rosalie de Bourdeilles, Onslow lived his entire life in France. He won the prestigious directorship of the Académie des Beaux-Arts over Berlioz, who remarked, “Since Beethoven’s death, he wields the scepter of instrumental music.” Indeed, Onslow’s work was admired by Beethoven and Schubert, and Schumann and Mendelssohn regarded his chamber music on a par with that of Mozart, Haydn, and Beethoven. His 36 string quartets and 34 string quintets were, during his own lifetime and up to the end of the 19th century, held in the highest regard, particularly in Germany, Austria, and England, where he was regularly placed in the front rank of composers. Publishers such as Breitkopf & Härtel and Kistner were among many that competed to market his music.
Camille SAINT-SAËNS String Quartet No. 1 in E minor Op. 112
Late in life, at the age of 64, Saint-Saëns wrote his first String Quartet, which he dedicated to the violin virtuoso, Eugène Ysaÿe, who premiered it at the Concerts Colonne on 21 December 1899.
Jupiter Players on this program:
Adelya Nartadjieva violin
Maurycy Banaszek viola
Zlatomir Fung cello
Karl Kramer horn
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Why the name Jupiter: When Jens Nygaard named his orchestra Jupiter, he had the beautiful, gaseous planet in mind—unattainable but worth the effort, like reaching musical perfection. Many, indeed, were privileged and fortunate to hear his music making that was truly Out of This World. Our Players today seek to attain that stellar quality.
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American program opener on March 18, with grateful thanks to Michael Shaffer of OurNetNews.com for recording the matinee concert, and making available the Horatio Parker Suite video for our viewing pleasure.
Horatio Parker Suite in A Major, Op. 35, composed in 1893
Stephen Beus piano
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NEW YORK CANVAS : The Art of Michael McNamara is a video portrait of the artist who has painted iconic images of New York City for more than a decade, capturing the changing urban landscape of his adopted city. Our Jupiter Symphony Chamber Players provide the music from Brahms’s Piano Quartet in G Minor, underscoring the inspiration the artist has drawn from Jens Nygaard and the musicians. Michael was also our Jupiter volunteer from 2002 to 2010.
Here is a video of the Jupiter Symphony Chamber Players performance of the Rondo alla Zingarese movement:
The producer-director, Martin Spinelli, also made the EMMY Award-winning “Life On Jupiter: The Story of Jens Nygaard, Musician.”
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New York Sun Review
“Some great musicians get a statue when they pass away. Some get their name imprinted on the roof of a well-known concert hall. But the late conductor Jens Nygaard has a living tribute: an entire ensemble of musicians and a concert series to go along with it...
It is one of the city’s cultural jewels...
In the end, if Mr. Nygaard was known for anything, it was unmitigated verve. That’s what the audience regularly returned for, and that’s what they got Monday afternoon. To have a grassroots community of musicians continue to celebrate Mr. Nygaard with indomitable performances like these week after week, even without the power of world-famous guest soloists, is proper tribute. And with more large orchestras and ensembles needing more corporate sponsorship year after year, I, for one, hope the Jupiter’s individual subscriber-base remains strong.
New York’s musical life needs the spirit of Jens Nygaard, and Mei Ying should be proud she’s keeping it alive.”
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