To The Best of Our Knowledge
from Wisconsin Public Radio
The scene is a gritty punk club. Dark and smoky with
sticky floors. A crowd shuffles and talks, waiting for the music.
One man takes the stage. He sits down and plays not rock,
not techno, but the solo cello suites of J.S. Bach. In this hour
of To the Best of Our Knowledge, breaking the classical mold.
Cellist Matt Haimovitz is taking classical music out of the concert
hall and into the casual spaces of every day life.
At age 80, Ned Rorem is among the pre-eminent
American composers at work today. He tells Jim Fleming that the
world of classical music is all about money today and that performers
seem to matter even more than the music. Rorem complains that
contemporary audiences fail to support living composers, although
they do continue to admire new work in other genres. And we hear
some of Rorem's music.
Matt Haimovitz is a classically trained cellist,
but he also loves Jimmy Hendrix. He's touring the country to promote
his new album "Anthem." Haimovitz tells Steve Paulson
why he plays music that goes so far beyond the standard repertoire,
and why he plays it in bars and coffeehouses as well as concert
halls. Also, Leonard Bernstein's daughter, Jamie Bernstein
Thomas recalls what it was like growing up with her famous
father. She tells Anne Strainchamps that their house was always
full of music and that they analyzed the popular music of the
Janice Galloway has written a novel called
"Clara." It tells the life story of Clara Schumann,
the gifted pianist who was the wife of composer Robert Schumann.
Galloway tells Jim Fleming that Clara was totally dominated by
her father who was loathe to lose the income she provided. He
finally allowed her to marry, but between nursing her husband's
mental illness and bearing him eight children, Clara had precious
little time to develop her musical ability.
Cassette copies are available
at 1-800-747-7444. Ask for program number 03-11-09-B.
- Janice Galloway, Clara: a novel (Simon
- -Sonnet/ Susan Graham from "Songs
of Ned Rorem"/ Erato
- -String Quartet No. 4/ Emerson String Quartet/
- -Anthem/ Matt Haimovitz from "Anthem"/
- -Seventh Avenue Kaddish/ Matt Haimovitz from "Anthem"/
- -Solo Cello Suite Nr. 1 in G Major/ Matt Haimovitz
from "6 Suites for Solo
- -West Side Story, Symphonic Dances/ LA Philharmonic
Orch from "Bernstein's America"/ DG
- -Romance in b minor/ Konstanze Eickhorst from "Clara
Schumann Piano Works"/CPO
- -Piano Trio in g minor/ Dartington Piano Trio
from "Clara Schumann and Fanny Mendelssohn Piano Trios"/Hyperion
- -Victory/ Bond from "Bond"/ Decca
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