DA CAMERA AUDIO AND VIDEO

DA CAMERA VIDEOS

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featuring excerpts from In the Garden of Dreams, Sarah Rothenberg's The Blue Rider:
Kandinsky and Music
, the 2011 performance of Morton Feldman's Rothko Chapel
and Sarah Rothenberg and Marilyn Nonken's performance of Gyorgy Kurtag:
A Composed Program
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DA CAMERA RECORDINGS

New Da Camera recording of Shih-hui Chen's Shu Shon Key
available now on Amazon and iTunes

Da Camera is pleased to announce its world premiere recording of Shih-Hui Chen's Da Camera-commissioned Shu Shon Key (Remembrance) for viola and chamber ensemble, available for download now on Amazon and iTunes.

“Shu Shon Key was inspired by a Taiwanese folk melody and conveys homesickness as well as a reminiscence of my Taiwanese childhood. Since Hsin-Yun [Huang: the violist for whom the work was written] and I were born in Taiwan and now we both reside in the West, it is most fitting for me to use a Taiwanese folk melody as the basis for this piece. This is also consistent with my compositional focus in recent years on the integration of Western techniques with elements from a Chinese sound world.” -- Shih-Hui Chen

The performers on this new recording are Hsin-Yun Huang, viola; Leone Buyse, flute; Richie Hawley, clarinet; Maureen Nelson, violin; Richard Belcher, cello; Blake Wilkins, percussion and Sarah Rothenberg, piano. Recorded in September, 2011 at Stude Hall, Shepherd School of Music, Rice University. Todd Hulslander, recording engineer. Kurt Stallman, producer. Shu Shon Key was commissioned for Hsin-Yun Huang by Da Camera of Houston, Appalachian Summer Festival, Evergreen Symphony Orchestra and the Foundation for Chinese Performing Arts.

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Compact Discs

Da Camera has issued two distinguished recordings featuring works commissioned by the organization. Heartsounds: Music of George Tsontakis, issued on the Koch International Classic label, was made possible in part by grant from Aaron Copland Fund. Ashberyana: Music of Charles Wuorinen was released on the Naxos label, with support from Aaron Copland Fund and National Endowment for the Arts. Pianist and Artistic and General Director Sarah Rothenberg has released numerous acclaimed recordings, including Shadows and Fragments: Brahms and Schoenberg, Das Jahr and Olivier Messiaen's Visions de l'Amen (with pianist Marilyn Nonken).

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DA CAMERA CONCERT PODCAST

Brought to you by Da Camera of Houston and Houston Public Radio.

Da Camera podcasts made possible in part by a generous grant from the Arthur Judson Foundation.

Download or stream free recordings of music recorded live at Da Camera of Houston chamber music concerts. Your host is St. John Flynn, host of KUHA's The Front Row.

CURRENT PROGRAMS

Podcast No. 15 - Stravinsky's Les Noces

This podcast features Igor Stravinsky’s wildly inventive work, Les Noces. Ritualistic and insistently rhythmic, Les Noces was originally conceived as a dance cantata. It depicts a Russian peasant wedding and is scored for four pianos, chorus and percussion. It was performed as part of Da Camera’s Exiles in Paris festival in March 2008. The performers were Houston Chamber Choir and So Percussion; pianists Alan  Feinberg, Timothy Hester, Pedja Muzijevic and Sarah Rothenberg; and percussionists Richard Brown, Craig Hauschildt and Matthew Strauss. Renowned Dutch conductor Reinbert de Leeuw made his Da Camera debut. Texts and translations are included in the program notes. 

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Podcast No. 14 - Ben Allison Band

This podcast features excerpts from the February 2010 jazz concert by the Ben Allison Band: Ben Allison, bass; Shane Endsley, trumpet; Jenny Scheinman, violin; Steve Cardenas, guitar and Rudy Royston, drums. The performance was made possible by Mid-America Arts Alliance, Texas Commission on the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts. This set features songs from Ben Allison’s CD Think Free, includingl Fred, Broke, Kramer vs. Kramer vs. Godzilla, Platypus and Green Al.

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Podcast No. 13 - The Spirit of England

This podcast features excerpts from the February 2010 concert The Spirit of England. Tenor Andrew Kennedy, violinists Kyung-Sun Lee and Laurie Smukler, violist Wayne Brooks and cellist Brinton Averil Smith perform Ralph Vaughan Williams song cycle On Wenlock Edge. The string players are joined by pianist Orion Weiss for Elgar's Quintet for Piano and Strings in A Minor, Opus 84.

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Podcast No. 12 - Beethoven's Hammerklavier Sonata; Seymour Lipkin, piano

This podcast features pianist Seymor Lipkin performing Beethoven's Sonata in B-flat Major, Op. 106 "Hammerklavier." This performance was recorded during his January 26, 2010 all-Beethoven recital at The Menil Collection.

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Podcast No. 11 - Eliot Fisk, guitar; John Gibbons, harpsichord and the Enso Quartet.

This podcast features excerpts from two October 2009 Da Camera concerts:
a recital by guitarist Eliot Fisk and harpsichordist John Gibbons and Italian Romantics, featuring Fisk and the Enso String Quartet.

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Podcast No. 10 - Modern Virtuosos

This podcast features excerpts from the November 2009 concert Modern Virtuosos. Three virtuosos perform solo works by a major 20th century composer and two composers active today. Saxophonist Valerie Vidal plays Luciano Berio’s Sequenza 9b for alto saxophone. Violinist Jennifer Koh performs Esa-Pekka Salonen’s Lachen Verlernt. Pianist Marilyn Nonken plays the Fall, Winter and Summer movements from Liza Lim’s The Four Seasons (After Cy Twombly.) The performance was made possible by the National Endowment for the Arts.

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Podcast No. 9 - Preludes and Fugues: Bach and Shostakovich

This podcast features the complete April, 2004 concert Preludes and Fugues: Bach and Shostakovich, with performers John Gibbons, harpshicord and Sarah Rothenberg, piano.

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Podcast No. 8 - Franz Liszt's Via Crucis

This podcast features Franz Liszt’s Via Crucis, 14 Stations of the Cross for chorus and piano. This rarely-performed work was part of the May, 2009 concert After Bach, a collaboration between Da Camera and Houston Chamber Choir. The performance was made possible by Finger Companies and the National Endowment for the Arts.

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Podcast No. 7 - Richard Lavenda's Thoughts Fly

This podcast features Richard Lavenda's string quintet Thoughts Fly, fromt the April 2009 concert featuring the Chiara String Quartet. The Quartet is joined by cellist Norman Fischer, the father of Chiara violinist Rebecca Fischer. This performance was made possible in part by The Rockwell Fund and an award from the National Endowment for the Arts, as part of American Masterpieces: Three Centuries of Artistic Genius.

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Podcast No. 6 - Weill's Walt Whitman Songs, Schoenberg's Ode to Napoleon and Beethoven's Grosse Fuge.

This podcast features excerpts from the February 2009 concert, Brentano String Quartet: Poetry and Music, Immigrants and Exiles. The performers are the Brentano String Quartet; baritone Leon Williams and pianists Sarah Rothenberg and Rodney Waters. This performance was made possible in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts, which believes that a great nation deserves great art.

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Podcast No. 5 - Zhou Long's The Farewell and Mahler's Der Abschied

This concert podcast features two works from Da Camera’s January 2009 concert, Songs of the Earth. The artists participating in these January 2009 performances were soprano Susanne Mentzer, Min Xiao-Fen, pipa; Wang Guowei, erhu and a Da Camera Chamber Orchestra conducted by Gregory Vajda. Click on read the program notes below for a complete list of the artists and texts and translations.
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Podcast No. 4 - Messiaen’s Quartet for the End of Time

This podcast features Olivier Messiaen’s Quartet for the End of Time, performed by the outstanding ensemble of David Shifrin, clarinet; Vera Beths, violin, Desmond Hoebig, cello and Sarah Rothenberg, piano. This May 2008 performance was made possible in part by a generous gift from Sterling Bank.
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 Podcast No. 3 - Mozart’s Horn Quintet in E Flat Major

This podcast features Mozart’s Horn Quintet in E Flat Major, K. 407, performed by William VerMeulen, horn; Curtis Macomber, violin; Toby Appel and Wayne Brooks, violas and Norman Fischer, cello. The performance was part of 2006’s MozartNOW Festival, celebrating the 250th anniversary of the great composer’s birth. This performance was made possible in part by the National Endowment for the Arts, which believes that a great nation deserves great art.
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Podcast No. 2 - Brahms’s Quintet for Piano and Strings

This podcast features Brahms’s Quintet for Piano and Strings in F minor, Opus 34, performed by pianist and Da Camera Artistic Director Sarah Rothenberg and the Brentano String Quartet. The concert took place in October, 2006 and was made possible in part by support from Continental Airlines, the official airline of Da Camera of Houston.
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Podcast No. 1 - Mozart’s Quintet for clarinet and strings

This podcast features Mozart’s Quintet for clarinet and strings in A Major, K. 581, performed by the outstanding ensemble of David Shifrin, clarinet; Vera Beths, violin; John Marcus, violin; James Dunham, viola and Desmond Hoebig, cello. (To purchase a recording of this work featuring David Shifrin, click here or here.) The performance was part of the concertAfter Einstein: Music and the Relativity of Time, which concluded Da Camera 2007/2008 season. This performance was made possible in part by a generous gift from Sterling Bank.
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The concerts were recorded and these podcast are engineered by KUHF’s Shannon Smith.

Special thanks to Houston Public Radio. Click here to listen online and find out more about Houston Public Radio's programming. Thanks to the musicians, without whose talent, cooperation and forward thinking we would not have been able to create this podcast.