Tune in on Mondays at 9:00 pm for classical performances by top local musicians and ensembles, recorded at venues throughout the Washington area.
Previous broadcasts have included performances recorded at the Barns at Wolf Trap, the Library of Congress, and the National Gallery of Art.
Shanghai Quartet and pianist Gloria Chien
Presented by the Freer Gallery of Art
Monday, February 26, 2018 - 9:00pm
Renowned for its passionate musicality, impressive technique and multicultural innovations, the Shanghai Quartet has become one of the world’s foremost chamber ensembles. Its elegant style melds the delicacy of Eastern music with the emotional breadth of Western repertoire, allowing it to traverse musical genres including traditional Chinese folk music, masterpieces of Western music and cutting-edge contemporary works.
Pianist Gloria Chien has been picked by the Boston Globe as one of the Superior Pianists of the year, and made her orchestral debut at the age of 16 with the Boston Symphony Orchestra.
They perform Ye Xiaogang’s Colorful Sutra Banner, inspired by the composer’s memory of prayer flags across the Tibetan landscape. The piece is performed by the same artists who played at its American premiere, at New York’s Lincoln Center in April 2017. Completing the program are Mendelsohn’s Quartet in E-flat Major and Franck’s Piano Quintet in F Minor.
Felix Mendelssohn: Quartet for Strings no 1 in E flat major, Op. 12
Ye Xiaogang: Colorful Sutra Banner for Piano, Violin, and Cello
César Franck: Quintet for Piano and Strings in F Minor