Welcome to another edition of Afternoon Classical. The Bach hour, as always, begins at 4:30pm. Enjoy the show.
Debashish Bhattacharya: a benefit concert for the victims of Hurricane Sandy Tonight, November 9, 2012 at 7:30
Holy Trinity Episcopal: 20 Cumming Street, New York, NY 10034
Take the 1 train or A train, and get off at Dyckman Street
A comparison of the parallel journeys of Beethoven and Scriabin, as explored through the lens of the Piano Sonata. Starting with their first sonatas--Beethoven's f minor from 1795 and Scriabin's f minor from 1892--and moving through middle-period works--Beethoven's F-sharp Major from 1809 and Scriabin's F-Sharp Major from 1903--and finally reaching Beethoven's last sonata, the c minor from 1822, and Scriabin's last, the keyless Op. 70 from 1913--we explored questions of inspiration, transformation, and spiritual transcendence.
Hope at the edge of the hereafter; two transcendental works featuring the clarinet in a prominent role. The first, Mozart's Clarinet Concerto, written in 1791, the year of the composer's death. Messiaen's Quartet for the End of Time followed. Messiaen penned the work in a WWII prison camp in the winter between 1940 and '41.