Pianists Susan Grace and Steven Beck have both earned recognition as soloists and chamber musicians. They formed the duo piano team Quattro Mani in 1989. Their dedication to the modern repertoire has led to collaborations with composers such as George Crumb, Joan Tower and Paul Lansky. This latest recording encompasses a wide range of repertoire, from Charles Ives to works by five of today’s leading composers.
On the tape deck for this week’s World Music Show (6/10), we’ll visit some new friends and hear from some old friends. And of course, “friends” is a term I loosely use to just mean that we’ll hear from some really tried and true artists.
For decades Sony Classical has been accompanying superstar cellist Yo-Yo Ma on his journey with Bach. This single CD brings together important and highly praised landmarks from that journey, beginning in 1982, the year of Ma’s first recording of the Six Solo Suites, which went on to win the Grammy for “Best Classical Instrumental Performance.”
Sometimes when grasping for themes for the World Music Show (5/3), I need to check the calendar. Because it’s on that, in which I can rely on ideas to wrap a show around. Sure, the holidays are an easy one, as is Father’s Day (which will be a show). But sometimes I’ll need to stretch a theme out like a long clothing line over a grassy back yard.