There are pivot points in life. Moments of change, of a new direction, of an end and a beginning: in short, turning points. Throughout my life I have always felt drawn toward finding and understanding these junctures, whether they be in history, a musical tradition, or my own life. By realizing and comprehending where the hinge of a matter is we come to a much more complete understanding of what lies ahead of us. Looking back awakens a nostalgia for what was, and yet we have the hopeful expectation of what may come.
In programming this recital I went with the idea of the miniature, because through the brief few minutes of each piece we pass through a different sonic world, and experience the ‘hinges’ between pieces in close proximity.
Claude Debussy Sonate for Violoncello and Piano
J.S. Bach 'Ich ruf zu dir Herr Jesu' (arr. Kuipers)
Fredric Chopin Nocturne No. 20 in C-sharp minor, Op. posth (arr. Piatigorsky)
Fredric Chopin Nocturne in E-flat major, Op. 9, No. 2 ( arr. Piatigorsky)
Gabriel Faure Après un rêve'
J. Brahms Sonata No. 1 in E minor, Op. 38 for cello and piano
Joseph Kuipers, cello
Alex McDonald, piano