Earlier this week I had the opportunity to interview pianist Lorenzo Sanchez, who had interesting things to say about a number of his interests, including Mexican classical music. I may follow up at a future date to dig further into those subjects. But this week, one of my Crescenta Valley Weekly articles focuses on his chamber partner, violinist Nancy Roth, and their program next Wednesday at the Glendale Noon Concerts.
The major work on the program is the homespun, crazy quilt nostalgia of Charles Ives’ Violin Sonata No. 2. Likening aspects of the score to the work of long-time Looney Tunes composer, Carl Stalling, Sanchez had this to say about it:
“That cinematic quality comes to my mind whenever I listen or perform his music. It’s music that seems to jump from scene to scene. There are instances when he’s showing you something; then—bam!—a sudden left turn and, before you have a moment to adjust, he tosses another sharp turn with something else going on.”
Preceding that will be the Poema de una sanluqueña by Joaquin Turina, a superb Spanish composer whose elegant and introspective art tends to get lost amidst the brighter and more extrovert creations of Albéniz, Granados, and Falla. A shame as his mellow sunniness and sense of color are deeply rewarding in their own right.
As with all Glendale Noon Concerts, admission is free.
You can read the entire interview here.