Music Matters YouTube Recital: Pianist Stephen Porter, recorded at La Grua
Maurice Ravel Prélude in a; Miroirs 3. Une barque sur l'océan 5. La vallée des cloches
Claude Debussy Suite Children's Corner 4. The Snow is Dancing 3. Serenade to the Doll
Debussy Images, Séries I & II (complete)
Enrique Granados Escenas Románticas 1. Mazurka 6. Epílogo
Stephen Porter returns to Stonington this August – virtually. He and the big, rosewood Chickering will conjure forth gossamer, subtle, lyrical soundscapes three great pianist-composers brought to life early in the 20th century.
Claude Debussy's two sets of Images are so wholly orchestral, so rich in sumptuous imagery, that they vividly presage their later orchestration. Two small-scale movements from Children's Corner show an intimate facet of Debussy's astonishing expressivity. Though we don't usually confuse Maurice Ravel with his friend Debussy, two excerpts from Ravel's polychrome Miroirs evoke angular, surging vistas his older colleague might well have visited, had he lived longer. And there's Enrique Granados. On the way to his haunting Goyescas, he penned lyrical, brilliantly hued mini-tone-poems that nod to Chopin, deftly doff a hat to Albéniz, and summon forth every wisp of color the piano has to offer. Click here for ticket purchase.
We recorded Stephen Porter's recital in session earlier this month. Just before his video posts on our YouTube channel, we'll e-mail a private link to ticket purchasers and our Music Matters subscribers. Not only does your ticket help keep La Grua afloat while we're dark, it lets us compensate musicians and production personnel for these carefully made shows.