From Q2 Live Concerts: “Gloria Cheng and the Calder Quartet”
Originally live from (Le) Poisson Rouge on January 5, 2011, now at Q2 live Concerts for your anytime listening pleasure
“California-based pianist and Grammy Award winner Gloria Cheng has a reputation for not only technically and artistically polished performances, but also for programming illuminating concerts which explore connections between composers and a range of compositional styles. Joined by the Calder Quartet, Cheng performs an evocative program at (Le) Poisson Rouge on January 5 featuring the works of Thomas Adès, Kaija Saariaho, Daniel Strong Godfrey, Claude Vivier, Pierre Boulez, Olivier Messiaen and Igor Stravinsky.
The adventurous Calder Quartet is an obvious partner for Cheng’s musical personality. It is quickly garnering notoriety as a group that can do anything from tackle the pillars of the string quartet repertoire — evident in their recent Bartok cycle performances — to perform with the indie band Airborne Toxic Event on The Late Show with David Letterman.
Rooted in contemporary music, the Calders have cultivated a longstanding relationship with British composer, Thomas Adès, featuring his set of miniatures, Arcadiana on their first album release and working further with the composer at Walt Disney Concert Hall and in Stockholm at the Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra’s Konserhuset. It is only fitting that in this (L)PR performance, the Calders and Gloria Cheng join forces to perform Adès’ monumental Piano Quintet as the grand finale to an exciting evening of New Music.”
You can listen to audio streams from the concert at the Q2 Live Concerts web page.