Spoleto Backstage: Handel, CPE Bach, Franck, And Jessica Meyer

Jun 5, 2020

Credit South Carolina Public Radio

In this episode of Spoleto Backstage, Geoff Nuttall introduces Bradley Fuller to another of the most memorable Spoleto Festival USA chamber music programs from the past decade. This 2016 concert includes moving arias by Handel (with countertenor Anthony Roth Costanzo performing), an expressive keyboard sonata by CPE Bach, and César Franck’s intensely passionate Piano Quintet in F minor. Following the performance, Bradley speaks with violist, educator, and intended composer-in-residence for the 2020 chamber music series Jessica Meyer. A recording of Meyer’s Seasons of Basho—a work slated for performance in the chamber series—comes after their conversation.

Seasons of Basho is part of Jessica Meyer’s critically acclaimed debut album Ring Out on the Bright Shiny Things label and is available on all platforms and at brightshiny.ninja

Attending a concert might be off the table right now, but you can relax just where you are as South Carolina Public Radio brings the concert to you with this podcast. Spoleto Backstage offers a curated lineup of phenomenal musical moments from past seasons of Spoleto Festival USA as chosen by violinist and chamber music series artistic director Geoff Nuttall. Geoff joins Bradley Fuller, host and producer of South Carolina Public Radio’s Sonatas & Soundscapes, for insights and fun conversations about how he picked his favorite performances form the past ten years. Geoff and Bradley also hear from some of the fascinating stars of the festival’s chamber music series, learning more about their careers, the music they perform, and a range of amusing behind-the-scenes happenings.

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