Ciompi Quartet featuring Molly Morkoski, Piano: 'Songs, Games & Messages'
Pianist Molly Morkoski joins the Ciompi Quartet for a program that spans five centuries. An arrangement of John Dowland songs for piano quintet by Durham-based composer Andrew Waggoner opens the program, presenting a fresh take on vocal works by the beloved Elizabethan composer. Morkoski, whom the Boston Globe calls "outstanding," joins for another quintet, Weinberg's opus 18; Weinberg, a Polish war refugee who established his career in Soviet Russia, looks backward to exemplars of genre and form in this majestic work. These two quintets bookend Kurtág's 12 Microludes ("tiny games"), a sort-of "micro-well-tempered clavier" according to the composer; and the world premiere of Duke professor of composition John Supko's Continual Park #17. Supko describes Continual Park, commissioned by the Ciompi, as "an ongoing series of pieces for instruments, electronics, field recordings, and spoken text. Concerned with the intersection of sounds recorded from life and the sounds that instruments make, these works also explore the ambiguous play that results when language encounters music."
John Dowland: Suite of Songs (arranged for Piano Quintet by Andrew Waggoner)
Kurtág: 12 Microludes for String Quartet, op. 13 (Hommage à Mihály András)
John Supko: Continual Park (No. 17), World Premiere
Mieczyslaw Weinberg: Piano Quintet in F Minor, op. 18