Feb 092013

Arvo Pärt’s Berlin MassFor Cantabile’s season ending, we will share the mystical music of Estonian composer Arvo Pärt. Following the inspiration gathered from Estonia’s fight for liberation from Soviet oppression with song as their sole weapon, we will recreate Pärt’s Berlin Mass, written in 1990, and revised in 2002. Pärt is Estonia’s foremost composer and one of the most important living composers in the world, and this music follows the traditional form of the Mass while expressing Pärt’s unique musical idiom that transcends analysis. This is truly meditative and uplifting music, written to commemorate the feast of the Holy Spirit, yet it is also music without religious affiliation. The composer describes his compositional technique, which he calls “tintinnabuli” (from the Latin, little bells), thus:

I have discovered that it is enough when a single note is beautifully played. This one note, or a silent beat, or a moment of silence, comforts me. I work with very few elements—with one voice, two voices. I build with primitive materials—with the triad, with one specific tonality. The three notes of a triad are like bells and that is why I call it tintinnabulation.

As in our previous two concerts of the season “Journeys in Belief”, Cantabile will also sing works from the choir’s 20+ year history, including choral favorites from all over the world heard in recent years.

Nov 102012

Bach in Brief: Mass in G Minor, BWV 235
Throughout his life as a musician, Johann Sebastian Bach composed cantatas for both secular and sacred use. During the period 1735-1740, Bach adapted some of the most beautiful material from Cantatas 102 and 187 into the short Mass in G minor, BWV 235. We present this work with soloists Laura Williams, mezzo-soprano, Christian Sanders, tenor, and David L’Hommedieu, baritone. Also joining us are the Boulder baroque chamber music group, Ensemble Pearl.

In addition to the Mass in G Minor, we will be performing works by Antonín Dvořák, John Rutter, and Jean Berger, and will be presenting the premiere of Even When God is Silent by Debra Scroggins.

Oct 202012

Gypsy LifeCantabile was featured on Sunday on Colorado Public Radio’s Colorado Spotlight with Charley Samson. Alejandro spoke about the upcoming Gypsy Living concert, and Charley Samson played Cantabile’s performances of the Dies Irae from Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Requiem, as well as Te Quiero, conducted by María Teresa Guillén Becerra. Listen to excerpts:

This program will feature Brahms’ colorful Zigeunerlieder and Schumann’s lighthearted Zigeunerleben. Brahms wrote his Zigeunerlieder (Gypsy Songs) based on a collection of twenty-five Hungarian tunes which fueled the appeal of all things Gypsy at the time. The descriptive poetry translated from the Hungarian depicts journeys of love lost and regained, of scenes in the life of these wandering peoples. They are definitely the more exotic counterparts to the Liebeslieder Waltzes, first performed by Cantabile in 2010. Schumann’s Zigeunerleben (Gypsy Life), on the other hand, depicts a gathering of gypsies around a campfire, with a great sense of curiosity and enchantment.

Cantabile will also perform additional beautiful works by Lauridsen, Duruflé, Vaughan Williams and Billings, among others, as well as featuring Stella and Alejandro on Brahms’ slow movement to his third Sonata, a piece written by Brahms at the time of his Gypsy songs. You will also hear the famous Czardas by Monti in its virtuosic version for violin and piano.