Our Classical Californian this week is Sameer Patel, Music Director and Orchestra Conductor of the La Jolla Symphony and Chorus. He’s also the Artistic Director of the San Diego Youth Symphony, and was named by Musical America “New Artist of the Month” this past April. He’s chosen a selection of pieces including a late Beethoven String Quartet, a choral work of empowerment by Caroline Shaw, an anguished song by Osvaldo Golijov. and more. There’s even a solo piano cover of a song by David Bowie.
His first selection is a beautiful finale inspired in part by swans… Listen to his introduction by clicking the play button!
Jean Sibelius: Symphony No. 5 (the finale is at 22:20)
Then, it’s pianist Sergei Babayan playing a prelude by Sergei Rachmaninoff…
Rachmaninoff: Prelude Op. 23 No. 4 in D Major
Next it’s the mourning song Lúa Descolorida, by Osvaldo Golijov, as sung by soprano Dawn Upshaw.
Osvaldo Golijov: Three Songs for Soprano and Orchestra - Lúa Descolorida
Caroline Shaw’s So Quietly, performed by iSing Silicon Valley:
Caroline Shaw: "So Quietly"
The presto movement of Beethoven’s final String Quartet, as performed by the Emerson String Quartet:
Ludwig van Beethoven: String Quartet in C-sharp minor, Op. 131 - Presto
With J. Robert Oppenheimer in the Zeitgeist, here’s a movement from the Dr. Atomic Symphony by John Adams, which he adapted from his opera.
John Adams: Doctor Atomic Symphony - Trinity
And to finish things off on another world, the arrangement of David Bowie’s “Life on Mars?” by jazz pianist Brad Mehldau:
David Bowie: Life on Mars?