Albuquerque Chamber Soloists will be in concert at 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 5 at St. Paul Lutheran Church, 1100 Indian School NE. The program includes music of Gabriel Faure, Hugo Wolf, Pablo de Sarasate, Carl Engel and Caroline Shaw.
Tickets are $15 general public, $12 seniors and $5 students in advance at www.abqcs.com and at PianoWerkes, 4640 Menaul NE or, if available, at the door.
At 2:15 p.m. there is a pre-concert reception with refreshments provided by Napoli Coffee and a talk that James Holland will give about the program.
By David Steinberg
James Holland says Gabriel Faure may be best known for his Requiem but he also wrote some beautiful pieces for cello and piano.
The cello and piano are two of the four instruments in Faure’s Piano Quartet in C minor that is the concluding work on the Albuquerque Chamber Soloists’ concert on Sunday, Jan. 5.
“The parts are equal between the string players and the piano. It’s really a gorgeous piece and C minor works nicely particularly for the cello, which gets some juicy things in it,” said Holland, ACS president.
“I think Faure is one of the most underrated composers out there.”
The work, he said, is in four movements – a stormy opening movement, a light scherzo alternating between double and triple rhythms, a “nobly mournful adio in the third movement and an energetic finale.
The four musicians in the quartet are Holland on cello, David Felberg on viola, Megan Holland on violin and Pamela Pyle at the piano. Pyle, piano professor at UNM, is subbing for Judith Gordon, who is in therapy after injuring her hand, James Holland said.
The piano quartet “is a youthful work but very mature,” Megan Holland said. “The scherzo is neat, light and spare. It feels like we’re skipping along. Though light and dancing, the movement has you off-kilter for awhile.”
Also on the program are four short works.
Two of them are showpieces that Pyle and Megan Holland will perform – Carl Engel’s Sea-shell” and Pablo de Sarasate’s “Introduction and Tarantella.”
“The Sarasate isn’t played all that much. …He’s known for his ‘Carmen Fantasy’,” Megan Holland said.
The other two short works are both string quartets. They are Hugo Wolf’s “Italian Serenade” and Caroline Shaw’s “Entr’acte.” Shaw’s piece, which premiered in 2011, drew inspiration from a minuet and trio in a Franz Joseph Haydn quartet.
The string quartet performers are Felberg and Michael Shu on violin, Laura Steiner on viola and Holland on cello.
The concert is at St. Paul Lutheran Church.