Concordia Consort: “Back to the Future — The Other Side of Early Music”.
Guest soprano Eileen Cecelia Callahan is featured in this program of songs and instrumental works spanning the Classical era to the 20th century. She sings a desperate aria by Beethoven, songs of love by Mendelssohn, Schumann, Brahms and Grieg, and broken-hearted lament by Ravel accompanied by recorder consort.
The instrumental ensemble performs quartets, trios and fugues by Mozart and Haydn, Mendelssohn and Chopin, Brahms and Tchaikovsky, ending in the 20th century with Shostakovich, Reger — and finally — a piece actually written for recorders by Paul Leenhouts.
“This has been a joy to learn that this later, really ‘modern’ music works so well on recorders. We explored lieder and choral works, organ repertoire and chamber music, to see how recorders fit into music of the 19th and 20th centuries. And fit they do! This exploration has been a joyful if occasionally thorny path as we discovered new works and revisited old favorites from our other musical lives in a new guise. This music offers charm and tenderness, passion and heartbreak, beauty and intensity in a manner which we hear clearly descended from the works of earlier names like Senfl, Gesualdo, Byrd and Bach. The future has never looked — or sounded — better to us!”