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Top 10 Awe-Inspiring Chamber Works

One of our fans requested (and we encourage all of our fans to write to us with feedback and requests with topics on which they would like us to pontificate!) a list of chamber works that dig deeper into the chamber music liturgy: works that aren’t always in the limelight.  Here are a few works that flight our fancy–each link will take you to a Salome-endorsed performance of the work on YouTube. Look out for a number of these pieces on our concert programs this upcoming season!

1. Astor Piazzolla Cuatro estaciones porteñas (Four Seasons of Buenos Aires) “Primavera

This piece brings the sexyback to classical music.  A perfect melding of tango and European music textures, this piece is a fast-catching audience favorite, even on first exposure.  Gidon Kremer and the Kremerata Balticans reign supreme with this recording of all porteñas.

2. Johannes Brahms String Sextet in G Major

Brahms is the master of hauntingly beautiful moments, and he peppers them throughout this less popular of his two string sextets.

3. Camille Saint-Saëns Piano Quartet in B Major

A work currently on the upward slope of popularity, the famed organist-composer lends his mastery of melody to this work.

4. W.A. Mozart “Hunt” Quartet in B Major No. 17 Adagio

This piece is WAY ahead of the composer’s time.  Best enjoyed in surround sound 🙂

5. Arvo Pärt “Spiegel im Spiegel”

Literally “Mirror in the mirror”, or the infinite reflection of parallel plane mirrors, this piece has a trance-like effect on its listeners and the repetition of the melodic line imbues the mirror’s physical form.

6. Phillip Glass “The Hours”

Perhaps one of the greatest film scores written in the last half-century, Glass’s music is so impressing that it embodies another complex character in this beautiful film.

7. J.S. Bach Sonata for Piano and Violin in E Major

This piece sounds like it falls in the Romantic era, although it was written in 1720 by the father of tempered music.

8. W.A. Mozart Sonata for Piano and Violin in E Minor

Another hauntingly beautiful work from Mozart, written shortly following the death of his mother.

9. Sergei Rachmaninoff Cello Sonata Opus 19 No. 3

A hybrid of Rach’s finest moments from his piano concertos and symphonies, there’s nothing quite like the passion of hyper-Romantic Russian music on a cello.

10. Lera Auerbach Sonata for Violin and Piano No. 3

One of the many brilliant chamber works by one of our time’s most talented composers, artists and musicians, Lera Auerbach, on whom Salome shines its Composer Spotlight of the Season!

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