Béla Bartók: Contrasts for Violin, Clarinet, and Piano
Martin Bresnick: And I Always Thought
César Franck: Piano Quintet in F Minor
Inspiration abounds in the Festival Finale. The three composers represented here found musical impetus from different sources. The clarinetist Benny Goodman commissioned Béla Bartók to write his brilliant Contrasts for the unusual combination of violin, clarinet, and piano. Martin Bresnick’s creative exploration of our humanity is inspired, in part, by the writer Franz Kafka. Inspired voicing utilizing double bass, electric guitar, bass clarinet, cello, percussion, and piano creates an unforgettable sound. Considered to be one of his highest achievements, Franck’s Piano Quintet was dedicated to, and premiered by, Camille Saint-Saëns.
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