Music@Menlo LIVE Releases a Collection of Recordings
from the Festival’s 2019 Season, Incredible Decades
Music@Menlo is pleased to announce the release of the LIVE 2019 recordings—Incredible Decades. A unique collection of live recordings from the seventeenth summer festival, the compilation journeys through history, uncovering Western classical music’s evolution in seven specific chapters. Each chapter focuses on an especially momentous decade, beginning with J. S. Bach and his contemporaries and culminating in the twentieth century’s final decade.
The opening disc of Music@Menlo LIVE 2019 brings together a selection of music that set the stage for Bach’s resplendent First Brandenburg Concerto. The second then offers a snapshot of the eighteenth century’s final decade, when Haydn gave way to the voice of a new century. Disc three contrasts early and late masterworks of Haydn’s heir, Ludwig van Beethoven, while disc four presents a collection of quintessential German Romantic voices including Schumann and Brahms. The fifth volume of LIVE 2019 spotlights a cosmopolitan collection of Romantic composers: Chopin, Suk, and Rachmaninov, before part six celebrates the dynamism of the Roaring Twenties. The final volume in the collection explores music at the millennium, with works by John Adams and Bright Sheng.
Produced by Grammy Award–winning engineer Da-Hong Seetoo, the recordings showcase performances from the 2019 summer festival by a roster of the world’s finest chamber musicians. Featured performers include pianists Juho Pohjonen, Gilles Vonsattel, and Wu Han; violinists Chad Hoopes and Angelo Xiang Yu; violists Hsin-Yun Huang and Paul Neubauer; cellists David Finckel and David Requiro; the Escher String Quartet; oboists James Austin Smith and Stephen Taylor; clarinetists Romie de Guise-Langlois and Tommaso Lonquich; bassoonist Peter Kolkay; and percussionist Ayano Kataoka.
The 2019 edition of Music@Menlo LIVE is available in downloadable digital format as well as on disc. Downloading and streaming are available through online digital music retailers and streaming services including Amazon, iTunes, and Spotify.
Listen to Sound Clips from LIVE 2019
• Violin Concerto in a minor, TWV 51: a1 | Georg Philipp Telemann
• Double Oboe Concerto in C Major, op. 7, no. 2 | Tomaso Albinoni
• String Quartet in F Major, op. 135 | Ludwig van Beethoven
• Piano Trio no. 1 in d minor, op. 63 | Robert Schumann
• Cello Sonata in g minor, op. 65 | Frédéric Chopin
• Suite no. 1 for Two Pianos, op. 5, Fantaisie-tableaux | Sergei Rachmaninov
• Road Movies for Violin and Piano | John Adams
• Concertino for Clarinet and String Quartet | Bright Sheng
About the Recordings
The seventeenth edition of Music@Menlo LIVE illuminates the evolution of chamber music over three hundred years by focusing on seven Incredible Decades. Each volume explores an extraordinary chapter in which history’s most insightful composers chronicled the tectonic shifts in the world around them. Many of history’s finest composers have captured the spirit of their times in sound, and in this collection of recordings, Music@Menlo encapsulates the dynamism of both an art form and the cultural winds that powered its evolution during these Incredible Decades.
About Music@Menlo LIVE
Critics have hailed Music@Menlo LIVE, the festival’s exclusive recording label, as “the most ambitious recording project of any classical music festival in the world” (San Jose Mercury News) and “without question the best CDs I have ever heard” (Positive Feedback Online). Produced by engineer Da-Hong Seetoo–winner of six Grammy Awards–using state-of-the-art recording technology, the LIVE recordings feature concert selections from Music@Menlo’s signature thematic programming. The label’s CDs from all Music@Menlo festivals are available for purchase online at www.musicatmenlo.org
Music@Menlo is an internationally acclaimed chamber music festival and institute in the San Francisco Bay Area. Founded by David Finckel and Wu Han as a program of Menlo School, Music@Menlo features unique immersive programming, a roster of world-class artists, and a Chamber Music Institute for emerging and preprofessional musicians. Intimate performance venues and signature offerings such as AudioNotes CDs, Café Conversations, and the Encounter lecture series provide a wide range of opportunities for aficionados and newcomers of all ages to connect with chamber music in new and innovative ways.
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