Jeremy Denk, Piano
& Stefan Jackiw, Violin
Ives Violin Sonatas
with New York Polyphony, Voices
Friday, January 17, 2020 | 8:00 pm
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Rescheduling a snowed-out concert from January 2018, Duke Performances presents an all-star cast of artists interpreting the works and inspirations of Charles Ives. Jeremy Denk is perhaps the foremost interpreter of Ives today, and this performance is specially curated to expose the genesis of these compositions.
Denk and violinist Stefan Jackiw — a musician of “uncommon musical substance” (Boston Globe) — work backward through the sonatas, from the jarring number four to the impressionistic number one, highlighting Ives’ unique modernism. Denk and Jackiw pair each sonata with a vocal performance of the hymn tunes and song foundations of Ives’ sonatas, sung by the celebrated vocal quartet New York Polyphony, “singers of superb musicianship and vocal allure” (The New Yorker). Teasing out, reinterpreting, and re-presenting the strains that make up Ives’ music, Denk, Jackiw, and New York Polyphony promise a provocative and engaging musical evening.
Ives: Sonata No. 4 for Violin and Piano (“Children’s Day at Camp Meeting”)
Edgar P. Stites/John R. Sweney: “Beulah Land”
Robert Lowry/Annie Sherwood Hawks: “I Need Thee Every Hour”
Ives: Sonata No. 3 for Violin and Piano
François H. Barthélémon/Robert Robinson: “Mighty God, While Angels Bless Thee (Autumn)”
Ives: Sonata No. 2 for Violin and Piano
George F. Root/David Nelson: “The Shining Shore”
George F. Root: “Tramp! Tramp! Tramp! The Boys Are Marching”
George F. Kiallmark/Samuel Woodworth: “The Old Oaken Bucket”
Lowell Mason/Anna L. Coghill: “Work, For the Night Is Coming”
Ives: Sonata No. 1 for Violin and Piano
“Denk and Jackiw’s concert was indeed a stupendous discovery — an eye-, mind-, and ear-opener.”