Edgar Varèse: Density 21.5 for solo flute
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Quintet in E-flat Major for Piano and Winds, K 452
Wolfgang Rihm: Quintett für Bläser (2003)
– Intermission –
György Ligeti: Sechs Bagatellen für Bläserquintett
Richard Strauss, arr. David Carp: Till Eulenspiegel for Wind Quintet and Piano
Johann Strauss II, arr. Wolfgang Rihm: Unter Donner und Blitz for flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, piano, and string quartet
The prolific German composer, Wolfgang Rihm, is one of the truly important compositional voices of our time though many of his important works have yet to be heard in the United States. Zéphyros presented the American premiere of Rihm’s Quintet for Winds in 2016. Written in 2003 for Ensemble Wien-Berlin, Rihm’s Quintet for Winds is a major contribution to 21st-century chamber music. To compliment the Rihm on the first half of the program, Zéphyros presents two seminal chamber music works for winds, Edgar Varèse’s Density 21.5 for solo flute, and Mozart Quintet for Winds and piano. After intermission, Zéphyros performs three works in transcription: Ligeti’s Six Bagatelles for Wind Quintet, which he originally conceived for solo piano, Richard Strauss’ Till Eulenspiegels lustige Streiche in David Carp’s adroit setting for winds and piano, and Rihm’s own arrangement of Johann Strauss II’s polka Unter Donner und Blitz, for flute, oboe, clarinet, horn, string quartet and piano.
The interpretation of Mozart’s Quintet in E-flat, K.452, for piano and winds, had extraordinary clarity and was a model of the application of classical style. — Classical Voice of North Carolina
Zéphyros offers this program with pianist Rieko Aizawa
Praised by the NY Times for her “impressive musicality, a crisp touch and expressive phrasing,” Japanese pianist Rieko Aizawa has performed in solo and orchestral engagements throughout the U.S., Canada and Europe, including Lincoln Center’s Avery Fisher Hall, Boston’s Symphony Hall and Chicago’s Orchestra Hall. Highlights of recent seasons have included acclaimed performances with the New Japan Philharmonic under Seiji Ozawa, the English Chamber Orchestra under Heinz Holliger, the Festival Strings Lucerne in Switzerland under Rudolf Baumgartner, the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra under Hugh Wolff, the Curtis Institute Orchestra with Peter Oundjian, the St. Louis Symphony under David Loebel and a wonderfully received performance with the Vienna Chamber Orchestra.
An avid chamber musician, Ms. Aizawa has performed with the Guarneri Quartet, the Orion Quartet, the Shanghai Quartet and the Amelia Piano Trio, and she has appeared in numerous festivals, such as the Marlboro Music Festival, U.S.A.; the Kammermusik Festival Moritzburg, Germany; and the Evian Festival, France. She also has been a guest artist of Boston’s, Philadelphia’s and Seattle’s Chamber Music Society. Ms. Aizawa is a founding member of Horszowski Trio as well as the prize winning ensemble Duo Prism. Ms. Aizawa became the artistic director of the Alpenglow Chamber Music Festival in Colorado in 2010.