“McIntosh’s spare, rarefied sonorities, which tilt away from traditional tunings, give an air of mythic otherness." – The New Yorker
“Gabriela Lena Frank Shakes Up Classical Music with the World Premiere of Conquest Requiem.” – Houstonian
Virtuoso violinist Movses Pogossian presents a recital of works from a recording project that is currently underway. When completed, the CD -- Inspired by Bach – will be released on New Focus Recordings.
The recital features the world premieres of two newly written major works by renowned California-based composers Gabriela Lena Frank and Andrew McIntosh. Sheer by McIntosh, is for solo violin and eight cristal glasses, and Suite Mestiza by Frank, for solo violin. Kaija Saariaho’s Tocar for violin and piano (with Jocelyn Ho) and solo and selections from Kurtag’s Signs, Games, and Messages, round out the program. The concert concludes with J.S. Bach’s iconic Concerto for Two Violins in D minor, performed by Pogossian, McIntosh, Ho (harpsichord), and a quartet of UCLA string students.
A third major work by Kaija Saariaho entitled Frises (for violin and electronics), will be included on the recording.
Gabriela Lena Frank is a composer and musical anthropologist who draws her inspiration from Latin American folklore, poetry, mythology, and native musical styles. She incorporates these musical influences into a Western classical framework to create wholly unique pieces of her own. She writes challenging idiomatic parts for solo instruments, vocalists, chamber ensembles, and orchestras. Her Spanish-language, supernaturally themed opera about the love story of Mexican painters Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera, The Last Dream of Frida & Diego, will premiere in San Diego in 2020.
Andrew McIntosh is a composer, violinist, violist, and baroque violinist whose work as a composer and performer has revolved around compelling and innovative works from the last eight centuries. His music is regularly performed in the U.S. and Europe and has been featured at major venues in The Netherlands, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, England, Los Angeles, and New York, including several recent performances at the Los Angeles Philharmonic's Green Umbrella series in Walt Disney Concert Hall and at Monday Evening Concerts in Zipper Hall (Los Angeles).
This recital was made possible by the David and Irmgard Dobrow Fund. Classical music was a passion of the Dobrows, who established a generous endowment at The UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music to make programs like this possible. The school is proud to celebrate this program as part of the 2017-18 Dobrow Series.