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Elgar: Serenade for Strings in E Minor, Op. 20 (1896)
1. Allegro piacevole
Dr. Ray chose this as the centerpiece of our program. It's lush, lyrical and, as Elgar describes it, "really stringy in effect." First performed in Antwerp, Netherlands in 1896, the Strings Serenade is the first piece by Elgar to become widely known. Much later in life Elgar singled the Serenade out as his favorite work and included it as one of his last recordings the year before he died.
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Debussy: Danse sacrée et danse profane for Harp and Strings
The first section of this piece, "Sacred Dance" was performed last summer and is featured on the home page of our website. This year, Isabel will perform part 2 Danse Profane*, or "Secular Dance" with the chamber orchestra. It was written for a final exam for harpists at the Paris Conservatory for the newly invented "chromatic harp" which has since been abandoned because it takes far too long to tune and is awkward to play. Fortunately, it works brilliantly on pedal harp!
This recording features young Belgian harpist, Anneleen Lenaerts, who recently became Principal Harpist of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, historically an all-men's orchestra. Isabel looks forward to meeting her at an international harp seminar this summer.
Pietro Mascagni: Intermezzo from the opera, "Cavalliera Rusticana"
Now famous for having been featured in The Godfather, Mascagni's short tragic opera, Cavalliera Rusticana became an overnight hit and received no fewer than 60 curtain calls at the premiere in Rome. The truth is that Pietro Mascagni thought of himself as a complete failure and had it not been for his sneaky wife, the score to this opera would have never seen the light of day. Read the rest of the story here.
Carlos Gardel: Por una Cabeza
It's a Summer Strings Camp tradition to end with this tango. Here's a recent recording with Chee-Yun, Monique Mead, Nahre Sol, Aloysia Friedmann, and Alex Greenbaum at the Rancho la Puerta Music Festival 2020.