2017 – NCMF Afternoon Classics

Kodály: Duo for Violin and Cello, Op. 7 (1914, 26 minutes) One of Hungary’s most important composers, Zoltán Kodály also helped set standards in the field of ethnomusicology, and his teaching method, including textbooks and a considerable amount of music written...

2017 – NCMF Lunch Concert

Strauss: Violin Sonata in E-flat major, Op. 18 (1887, 28 minutes) While orchestral music and opera dominated Strauss’s extensive compositional output, he also produced a number of lovely chamber compositions, especially early in his career. Strauss was a very talented...

2017 – NCMF All-Rachmaninov Concert

Rachmaninov: Trio élégiaque No. 1 in G minor (1892, 15 minutes) Rachmaninov wrote his Trio élégiaque No. 1 in just four days in January 1892 – the nineteen-year-old had just graduated in the piano class at the Moscow Conservatory, and was in the midst of completing...

2017 – NCMF Masterworks Concert No. 2

Bartók: Contrasts (1938, 17 minutes) The idea for Contrasts was a “brainstorm,” as he described it, of famed violinist Joseph Szigeti, who asked Bartók for something they could play with clarinetist Benny Goodman. Szigeti sent Bartók some of Goodman’s jazz recordings...