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Jupiter Symphony Chamber Players
“This was music-making of a very high order”
Fred Kirshnit, The New York Sun
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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Monday, April 26 ♦ 2 PM & 7:30 PM
Albert Cano Smit piano
Geneva Lewis violin
Njioma Grevious violin
Cong Wu viola
Thomas Mesa cello
Roni Gal-Ed oboe
Vadim Lando clarinet
Karl Kramer horn
Gina Cuffari bassoon
Ignace PLEYEL Quintet in C Major
Pleyel was not only famous in his day as a piano builder and music publisher, he was equally acclaimed as a composer. Mozart praised the Austrian-born French composer’s merits in a letter to his father: “If you are not yet acquainted with Pleyel’s new quartets, it’s worth the effort. They are very well written and very pleasant. Perhaps one day Pleyel will be able to fill the place of our dear Haydn.” Initially a rival of Haydn’s, Pleyel made his peace with the older composer and for several years they enjoyed a close and fruitful relationship as teacher and prized pupil. In his heyday, Pleyel was all the rage in Europe, and there was even a Pleyel Society in Nantucket.
Camille SAINT-SAËNS String Quartet No. 2 in G Major Op. 153
Mary Nemet in a review for Strings felt that the Quartet was Saint-Saëns’s “effortless mastery of string textures and his sheer inventiveness. Continual surprises enliven the overall effect, with subtle harmonic, rhythmic, and emotional shifting of gears and dramatic changes of tone color. With a backward nod, there’s a sweet, serene Haydnesque opening Allegro, and then an evocative Molto adagio with hints of the composer’s many trips to North Africa. The playful finale concludes with brilliant, scurrying virtuoso phrases and short fugues that belie the composer’s advanced years. Refusing to be pigeon-holed, the prolific master craftsman retains his wit and charm to the end.”
Baron Fernand de LA TOMBELLE Piano Quartet in E minor Op. 24
Renowned in his day but now forgotten, La Tombelle (1854–1928) was a remarkable, cultivated Renaissance man—a composer, virtuoso pianist and organist, pedagogue and lecturer, poet and writer, folklorist and photographer, talented amateur painter, excellent cyclist, and he was keen on astronomy, archaeology, and gastronomy as well. Born in Paris, La Tombelle was first taught by his mother (a pupil of Thalberg and Liszt) and influenced by his teachers Alexandre Guilmant (the virtuoso organist) and Théodore Dubois, and his friend and advisor Camille Saint-Saëns. He was also a close friend of Jules Massenet. A prolific composer, his oeuvre of nearly 500 opus numbers encompasses every genre except opera. Among his masterpieces are his chamber music and choral music. His Fantaisie de concert was written for the inauguration of Chicago’s Auditorium Theater organ. Highlights of his career include his position as piano accompanist of the Trocadéro concerts at the Paris World’s Fair in 1878; an appointment as assistant organist at La Madeleine from 1885 to 1898; playing inaugural concerts on several instruments; and founding the Schola Cantorum in 1896 with Charles Bordes, Vincent d’Indy, and Guilmant. He also taught harmony there for about 10 years. Among his writings were theatrical fantasies, travelogues (he wrote about excursions around France as a member of the Automobile Club of Périgord), and a small culinary work, Les pâtés de Périgueux. After World War I he retired to Château de Fayrac in his native Perigord, devoting much effort to the music education of the lower classes and setting many popular regional themes to music.
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Jupiter 2020 - 2021 Season
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As promised, here are the videos of John Field’s Divertissement No. 1 and Sir Hamilton Harty’s Piano Quintet. Fortuitously, our Jupiter musicians had the good sense to record the rehearsal in an impromptu decision, literally minutes before pressing the record button. Pianist Mackenzie Melemed (replacing Roman Rabinovich at the last minute) learned the music in 2 days! Bravo to him.
Both works are Irish rarities that were scheduled for the March 16 performances which had to be canceled because of the coronavirus epidemic. Even though the entire program could not be recorded because of technical issues, we are pleased to be able to share with you the 2 musical gems. Enjoy.
John FIELD Divertissement No. 1 H. 13
We thank the University of Illinois (Champaign) for a copy of the Divertissement music.
Mackenzie Melemed piano
Sir Hamilton HARTY Piano Quintet in F Major Op. 12
Andrew Clements of the Guardian proclaimed the beautiful Quintet “a real discovery: a big, bold statement full of striking melodic ideas and intriguing harmonic shifts, which adds Brahms and Dvořák into Harty’s stylistic mix, together with Tchaikovsky in some passages.” There’s folk music charm as well, reminiscent of Percy Grainger—notably in the Scherzo (Vivace) with its folksy quirks and nonchalance, and the winding, pentatonic melody in the Lento.
Our gratitude to the Queen’s University Library in Belfast, Northern Ireland, for a copy of the autograph manuscript of the music. Much thanks, too, to Connor Brown for speedily creating a printed score and parts from Harty’s manuscript.
Mackenzie Melemed piano
I Allegro 0:00
Jupiter featured on Our Net News
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
More video from this performance can be viewed on our media page
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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.”
Read the complete article on our reviews page.
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