VISIT THE BEACH REGULARLY. HERE IS WHY

We all know that spending time outdoors is good for you on both a physical and mental level, but the benefits of spending time specifically to visit the beach regularly, have just been revealed.

That incredible feeling of peace and calmness that you experience at the beach is now being referred to as “blue space.” That’s what scientists have dubbed the effect that the combination of soothing smells and sounds of water have on your brain. The blue space is enough to make you feel at ease in a hypnotic sort of way.

When you notice how relaxed you feel at the beach, it’s not just all in your head. Science says that it’s a change in the way your brain reacts to its environment leaving you feeling happy, relaxed and reenergized.

Overall, this blue space effects you in four different ways.

1. Going to the beach reduces stress

Water is nature’s cure to life’s stressors. It’s full of naturally occurring positive ions that are known for having the ability to make you feel at ease. So whether you jump in for a swim or simply dip your toes in the water, you’re sure to experience a feeling of relaxation. That’s one instant mood booster we could all use from time to time!

2. The beach boosts your creativity

Feeling like you’re in a creative rut? Well, scientists now believe that the solution to this is the beach. Being in blue space allows you to clear your head and approach problems or projects in a more creative way. Much like meditation, the beach triggers a feeling of calmness that allows you to tune everything else out and reflect on what it is you’ve been needing to focus on.

3. Going to the beach can help reduce feelings of depression

Much like the effects that the beach has on feelings of stress and creative ruts, the beach also provides some relief to feelings of depression. The hypnotic sound of the waves in combination with the sight and smells of the beach can put you into a meditative space. In turn, you can clear your mind and reflect on life in a safe space away from the chaos of your daily life.

4. Overall, spending time at the beach will change your perspective on life

And that perspective is going to change for the better! Nature in general has always been a factor in healthy happy lives, but the beach in particular is so good for the soul.

So grab the SPF and pack a picnic, because it’s time to head to the beach!

 

Anu Tali Announces She Will Step Down as Music Director in 2019

Anu Tali Announces She Will Step Down as Music Director in 2019
October 25, 2017 – Anu Tali today announced that at the end of the 2018 / 2019 season,
following the completion of her current contract, she will step down as music director of the
Sarasota Orchestra to focus on her international career and guest conducting. She will have
served as Music Director for six seasons.
Tali’s accomplishments with the Sarasota Orchestra are noteworthy. Since joining the
organization in 2013, she has raised the artistic quality of the orchestra and conducted thrilling
performances that have earned rave reviews. She has attracted an extraordinary group of guest
artists from around the world, including the multi-Grammy Award-winning Estonian
Philharmonic Chamber Choir. She conducted the American premiere of Erkki-Sven
Tüür’s Strata and performed the debut performances in Florida of Heiner Goebbels’ Songs of
Wars I Have Seen.
“I am very grateful to have been provided the privilege and opportunity to work with my
incredible colleagues in the Sarasota Orchestra and to perform for the passionate audiences of
this very special community,” said Tali. “What an exceptional experience this has been. To see
full houses and the orchestra and community embracing a new artistic vision has been
gratifying. Our accomplishments have led me to think that 2019 is the right time for me to
begin the next chapter in my musical journey.”
“I look forward to sharing the magical moments on stage with everyone in the Sarasota and
Manatee community for two more seasons, and I remain an advocate of the Sarasota Orchestra
building a new concert hall,” said Tali.
Board Chair David Steves said, “Anu’s contributions to our orchestra and region have been
impressive. She energized audiences, advanced our orchestra artistically and provided the
foundation for the artistic case for a new concert hall. We respect her decision and are
appreciative for all she has done for the Sarasota Orchestra. We will cherish every moment of
the upcoming two seasons with Anu.”

Sarasota Orchestra Presents DVOŘÁK & MAHLER

November 10, 2017

Friday | 8:00 pm | Van Wezel

November 11, 2017

Saturday | 8:00 pm | Van Wezel

November 12, 2017

Sunday | 2:30 pm | Van Wezel

Tickets from $33

The first concert of the season launches with two works by the great masters: Dvořák and Mahler. Dvořák’s Cello Concerto is the pinnacle of expression for the instrument most like the human voice. Exploring some of the cello’s most expressive and beautiful qualities, Dvořák shows his compositional prowess in this piece performed by Spanish cellist Adolfo Gutierrez Arenas. On hearing Mahler’s Fifth Symphony, prepare to forget that time has passed. The symphony begins with a rhythmic motive reminiscent of Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony. It progresses from tragedy to triumph in the stirring fifth movement.

ADOLFO GUTIERREZ ARENAS

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The German-born of Spanish parents cellist, Adolfo Gutiérrez Arenas, started his piano studies in Munich, and at the age of 14 he started playing the cello. He also studied in Spain. He graduated from the Reina Sofia School of Music under Swedish cellist Frans Helmerson. He continued violoncello studies with Lluis Claret and participated in master courses with such eminent musicians as Janos Starker, Tsuyoshi Tsutsumi, David Geringas, and Ralph Kirshbaum. Among his teachers are also Elías Arizcuren, Gary Hoffman, who said “Adolfo is an outstanding young cellist” and Bernard Greenhouse (cellist of the famed Beaux Art Trio for over three decades), who said “Adolfo is a cellist of exceptional ability, both as an instrumentalist and as a superbly gifted musician. I expect that these qualities will bring him a career of great importance.” Adolfo was among selected soloists for the 1999 International Laureates Music Festival and performed solo with I PALPITI Chamber Orchestra in Los Angeles. In 2002 he was awarded with the Ravel prize as soloist and chamber musician.

Adolfo Gutiérrez Arenas has performed at major venues such as the Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Auditorio Nacional in Madrid, Ford Theater in Los Angeles, l’Auditorio and Palau de la Música in Barcelona, Bulgaria Hall in Sofia, Palacio Euskalduna in Bilbao, etc. He has collaborated with conductors such as Eduard Schmieder, José Ramón Encinar, Friedrich Haider, Enrique Batiz, Antoni Ros Marbà, Anu Tali, Pablo González, Michael Tilson Thomas, Roberto Minczuk and many others.

As a member of the Beethoven String Quartet and the Scarlatti Piano Quartet, sponsored by the Carlos de Amberes Foundation, Adolfo Gutiérrez Arenas performed throughout Spain. In chamber music, he performed in festivals in Germany, France, and Holland. He was also a member of the Arizcuren String Trio. He has been invited to perform at the most prestigious festivals and halls such as the Schleswig Holstein Festival in Germany, Ravinia Festival in Chicago, Thy Music Festival in Demark, Palos Verdes Festival in California, Holland Music Sessions, Taos Music Festival in New Mexico, etc. For five years the Young Artist International Organization has been inviting him to participate at the International Laureates Festival in Los Angeles, California. His recital tours in USA have led him to play in New York, Boston, Dallas, San Diego, Los Angeles, etc. He has appeared in numerous performances of L.v. Beethoven’s entire works for cello and piano and J.S. Bach’s Six Cello Suites (BWV 1007-1012).

Adolfo Gutiérrez Arenas is without doubt the most international Spanish cellist right now. In Spain he has recently performed with orchestras such as the Sinfónica de Galicia, Orquesta de la Comunidad de Madrid, Real Filharmonia de Galicia, Orquesta del Principado de Asturias, Oviedo Filarmonía, Orquesta Simfònica de Barcelona y Nacional de Catalunya, Orquesta de Extremadura, Orquesta Sinfónica de RTVE, etc. His future engagements include: Orquesta Filarmónica de Málaga, Orquesta Nacional de España or the Orquesta de Castilla y León, among others.

In 2010 Adolfo Gutiérrez Arenas made his debut with the London Symphony Orchestra at the prestigious concert series of Ibermusica playing the Concerto for violoncello and orchestra by Edward Elgar concerto, being reinvited to the cycle, where he performed a recital in 2012 with great success of audience and critics. His future engagements include, among others, his debut with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and his Chief Conductor, Charles Dutoit, the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig with Riccardo Chailly and Orquesta Nacional de España with Ton Koopman.

Among his recordings we can highlight a recital program with pieces by Samuel Barber, Sergei Rachmaninov and Piazzolla and the complete cycle of the Cello Suites (BWV 1007-1012) by J.S. Bach, both of them recorded for Verso label.

 

Tricks to Help You Overcome the Daylight Savings Blues

We love that time of year when fall rolls around, but when the change in seasons brings with it a change in our clocks via Daylight Savings Time, we find ourselves less-than-enthused by the shorter, somewhat drearier days that come with setting our clocks back. Of course, like with most situations in life, overcoming the Daylight Savings blues can be as easy as changing your daily routines to make for mornings, afternoons, and evenings that feel more fulfilling and less like they’re getting lost in the (super) short days. Here, we give . you a few key ways to keep your mood in good shape post-Daylight Savings.

Make fitness a priority.

We get it – with the day getting shorter and the outdoors getting darker earlier, it can be tough to drag yourself to the gym after a long day at work. But research has shown that making time for working out – even something as simple as a brisk walk in the park – can instantly boost your mood (those endorphins, people).

Spend your evenings cooking dinner.

We’re all about spending your Sunday evenings meal prepping for the week ahead, but when the shorter days of fall and winter have you feeling a little down in the dumps, you might want to skip the Sunday prep and instead spend your weeknight evenings cooking up a storm. Why? Giving yourself something productive to do at night (especially when 7 p.m. feels and looks like 10 p.m. and a lack of anything to do might result in you calling it a night way too early) is a good way to keep yourself busy. That in turn will help you relax by showing you that you’re not really losing potential productivity hours (even if you lost hours on the clock).

Give yourself something positive to look forward to.

On a similar note, finding other fun ways to fill up your evenings can be a good way to make sure that . you don’t feel like Daylight Savings Time is making you miss out on all that much but shortening the days. Make some plans with friends to meet up after work for drinks, or plan a movie night with family to wind down on a Sunday night. The key is to focus on planning things that you can feasibly fit into your schedule without setting yourself up for having to change or bail on your plans.

Stay hydrated.

When fall rolls around, you no longer have the heat of summer to remind and motivate you to drink water throughout the day. That can be a major problem for your mood, since dehydration has often been linked to feelings of fatigue and agitation. Keep yourself from falling victim to the mood-sabotaging effects of dehydration by setting reminders on your phone to sip on some water throughout the day.

Biking through Sarasota

Combine exercise, fun and sightseeing in one. Whether you’re a competitive cyclist or just looking for a leisurely bike ride, you’ll find what you need biking through Sarasota.

There are many different ways to experience Sarasota County; the best way, though, is on a bicycle. Whether you’re looking for bike rentals in Venice Beach, cycles on Siesta Beach, or rides through Sarasota, here’s the scoop on where to get the bikes and where to take them.

Bike Tours

Want to explore the area with a dedicated guide? Check out Sarasota Bike Tours. Bikes, helmets, snacks and/or a picnic lunch is provided along with a local guide that provides intimate knowledge of the area with every tour. These tours include excursions through historic sections of downtown, arts districts, Siesta and Lido beaches, Ringling Museum’s grounds, and more. They also offer electric chopper tours, for those interested in a more technologically-enhanced bike tour experience. Most trips run from about 5 to 10 miles and cost $50 to 100 per person.

Bike Shops

Real Bikes is located near the Legacy Trail bike overpass over U.S. 41. The store sells a number of top brands of bicycles and bikewear and organizes cycling events. Village Bikeson Bay Road will be on your way to Siesta Key if you are taking the North Bridge. Stop in and check out their selections, talk to the friendly staff, and get recommendations for gear or other more general Sarasota Cycling tips. Pinnacle Wheel Works in Downtown Sarasota will cater to the higher-end cyclist’s needs as well as less well-heeled riders. If you’re on a shopping trip in the University Town Center, check out Ryder Bikes for all the bikes and gear you’ll need for serious cycling sport ambitions (or even if you’re just acting the part on vacation, while you have access to our beautiful Sarasota bike paths).

Where to Ride

Legacy Trail
Legacy Trail. Photo credit: Eddie Kirsch

There is no shortage of beautiful scenery ideal for a bike ride in Sarasota County. If you’re looking for a quiet ride along the beach, try Lido Beach. You can ride through Siesta Key and stop at the stores in Siesta Village along the way. If you’re experienced and comfortable riding in the road, you can ride on the roads or along the main drag, U.S. 41. The bike paths on Longboat Key are breathtaking, with Gulf views as well as views of gorgeous homes.

The Venetian Waterway Trail has bike paths along the water. The trail ends at the Venice Avenue bridge and connects to the Legacy Trail. While the views are gorgeous, there are breaks in the trail, so proceed with caution. The trail is just over 10 miles.

Perhaps the most popular and impressive place to ride in Sarasota is the Legacy Trail. The Legacy Trail was opened in the spring of 2008. Extending over 12 miles, the Legacy Trail runs from just south of Sarasota, near Clark Road, down to Venice. Along the trail, you’ll find 15 rest stops that include trailheads with bike access points and free parking. Trailheads can be found in Sarasota at Potter Park, in Osprey at Bay St. Park and Oscar Scherer State Park, Laurel Park and Nokomis Park in Laurel-Nokomis, Patriots Park and at the Venice Train Depot in Venice.

If you get tired along the way, you can rest, refuel, eat a packed snack, use the restroom and even learn more about Sarasota at the different rest areas.

Enjoy the ride!

Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe

The Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe of Florida, Inc. (WBTT) was founded December 1999, by Nate Jacobs. It is the only professional black theatre company on Florida’s west coast. Through the years, the company has received numerous awards and recognitions and has gained a reputation for high quality, original, thought-provoking, and electrifying performances.

WBTT has produced a variety of shows locally, throughout Florida, North Carolina and as far away as Switzerland and Germany. Productions include musicals- some Broadway hits, others written, adapted, and directed by Founder and Artistic Director Nate Jacobs – as well as thought-provoking dramas and entertaining comedies from notable playwrights.

Since its inception, WBTT has mentored and inspired many African-American youth and young adults through participation in the company’s productions. It has provided a platform for artistic individuals who might not otherwise have had an opportunity to cultivate their interests and talents. A number of these talented artists have gone on to work in other regional theatre companies, national touring companies, on Broadway, on national television shows, and at international theatres and festivals.

Now playing thru 11-19-2017 In The Heights.

Music and Lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda

Book by Quiara Alegria Hudes
Conceived by Lin-Manuel Miranda

From the creator of Hamilton comes this captivating story about a vibrant Latino community in New York’s Washington Heights neighborhood, where the corner bodega serves the sweetest coffee, the hair salon is gossip central, and the residents chase the American dream while clinging to their roots. This high energy, multi-Tony Award-winning musical pulsates with a spirited hip-hop beat and scorching Latin-infused rhythms.

 

1343 Main Street, #402
Sarasota, FL 34236

6 Things You Probably Don’t Realize Are Aging You

You’ve heard – and prescribed – to all of the anti-aging wisdom out there, from sporting sunscreen when we go to the beach with friends to avoid premature wrinkles to moisturizing your face with the best wrinkle-preventing cream and lotions every night. But even so, it’s hard to totally cancel out all of the elements that might be aging you in everyday life. And sure, you try to prevent the obvious – again, that sunscreen is key to protect from the sun, people – but what if some of the things you do on a regular basis are what’s behind those sudden creases around your eyes? Here are some things that most people tend to forget are actually aging you faster than you think.

Electronic Devices

Your phone isn’t just cutting into your sleep time when you’re too busy scrolling through your Instagram feed and watching Snapchat stories. According to some studies, looking at your smartphone or iPad is causing damage to your eyesight earlier than you’d typically experience it. While that doesn’t necessarily mean that you should nix your electronics altogether – as if that’s going to happen in this day and age – it does mean that cutting back on electronics whenever you can in favor of other activities (think: reading a book instead of scrolling through Facebook) is essential.

Alcohol

Who doesn’t love happy hour and special deals on their favorite alcoholic beverages between the hours of 4:00 and 7:00? Well, sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but one of the side effects of drinking too much alcohol is dehydration, which leads to lower skin elasticity, and plenty of wrinkles as a result. Researchers have also connected the consumption of too many beverages to other age-related illnesses, like cardiovascular disease and dementia, because of the effect they have on your cells. Next time you go to happy hour after work with your coworkers, try not to go too crazy, and be sure to get a few glasses of water in there.

Commuting

You may think that the stress of rush hour and an hour long trek to and from work every morning is all it takes to age you already, but there may be even more going on during your commute that’s taking a toll on your skin. General tip: maybe keep your windows rolled up next time you’re stuck in traffic on the way to or from work, since the pollution in the air from the truck that you’re stuck behind causes an increase in age spots.

Sleeping Cycle

There are enough reasons to get a good night’s sleep every night, but when it comes time to decide between lights out and one more episode of Bloodline on Netflix, here’s one more reason to choose sleep. Researchers have noticed that people who consider themselves behind on their sleep showed far more fine lines, uneven coloring of their skin, and wrinkles than people who got the usual 8 to 10 hours a night. (Guess Bloodline can wait until tomorrow.)

Stress

Everyone goes through periods of extreme stress at work, but when you couple it with other problems in your personal life, like money issues or relationship troubles, it starts to take a serious toll. And sure, you might be thinking, “I already know that stress might be to blame for some of my wrinkles,” but as far as aging you goes, there’s a little more that stress is responsible for. Research has shown that stress hormones that get released into the brain can speed up the onset of Alzheimer’s disease, and stress that is particularly related to your career can cause negative changes to your DNA, which can lead to other diseases. All the more reason to keep your stress in check.

Posture

It can be hard to change your posture when it’s not looking too hot, but here’s why you should actually pay attention to it and take some time to try and fix it. Forget about neck and back pain – that’s nothing compared to what else bad posture can do to your body. For starters, slouching can cause your spinal cord to weaken. Studies also show that older people with good posture tend to show better cognitive function, while younger people with poor posture have a harder time remembering things. Sitting up straight is suddenly starting to feel a lot more crucial, isn’t it?

by ALLIE SULLIVAN

 

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TreeUmph! Adventure Course

Climb, swing, zip, jump all while 30 to 60 feet in the air!

TreeUmph! Adventure Course is Southwest Florida’s first treetop adventure park, and a destination for adults and children aged 7 and up seeking a fun, unique excursion to conquer. Only 10 minutes east of I-75 on State Road 70 in Bradenton, the 14-acre property is part of a growing trend in outdoor adventure parks that are sprouting up throughout the United States. The focus here is on creating a different recreational experience for vacationers and locals alike, where they can face the challenge of wobbly bridges, swing from ropes, take a ride along a 650-foot-long ZIP line and moreÉ all in the lush, exotic setting of a pine and oak forest.

Know Before You Go

Now that you’ve booked it’s time to get excited and prepare for your adventure.

  • We recommend that you hydrate well for 24-48 hours before arriving at TreeUmph! We offer an unlimited water pass for $4. This allows you unlimited access to bottled water throughout the park. If you haven’t purchased a water pass with your reservation we suggest you purchase one when you arrive for your adventure.
  • You must wear closed-toed shoes to climb.
  • All long hair must be tied back in a bun or pony tail.
  • We recommend athletic clothing to climb in – nothing too baggy that could get caught in the ropes.
  • We sell fingerless cloth gloves for comfort on the courses. These are not mandatory, but they do provide some cushioning. If you have a pair of workout gloves bring them in, they will work just as well.
  • If you wish to carry your phone or camera it’s best to be able to zip it into a pocket or small waist pack. We also sell cell phone holders that can be purchased when you check in.
  • All climbers must have a signed waiver to be granted entry to the courses. You will receive a link to your waiver in your confirmation email. It is best to complete it prior to arrival. If you need us to resend the email or waiver please give us a call 941-322-2130

TreeUmph! Adventure Course

21805 State Rd. 70 East
Bradenton, FL 34202

5 Things to Help You Fall Back Asleep When You Wake Up in the Middle of the Night

Waking up in the middle of the night can be frustrating to say the least. You feel tired, yet your body doesn’t seem to want to get back to snoozing. However, there are some easy things you can do to get back to sleep on those restless nights. There are some tips to follow when you wake up in the hours of the night that no one should be up for.

Stop checking the clock.

Constantly looking at your phone or alarm clock to see how long you’ve been up, how late it is, or how many hours left until you have to get up will only stress you out more than is needed. Try putting your phone far away where you can’t see the time so that you can focus on relaxing and getting back to sleep, and not about how many minutes are passing.

Jot it down.

If you wake up in the middle of the night, and your mind is racing, writing down your thoughts in a journal can help you to organize your thoughts. By getting these things down on paper, they won’t be floating around in your head as much, and you can get back to focusing on your sleep.

Focus on something comforting.

Channel your thoughts into positive things only. Try focusing on a fond memory, or your favorite people to hang out with. When your thoughts are not racing but are rather focused on thinking about positive things in your life, you should be able to drift off to sleep quickly.

Try lavender essential oils.

Try rubbing lavender oil on pressure points like your wrists and temples. The scent of lavender is soothing and reduces anxious feelings and can help you get back to sleep before you know it.

Get up.

Sometimes lying in bed and consciously trying to get your body back to sleep is counter productive. You want to get back to bed, yet you keep thinking about how you’re not sleeping which makes you more angry and therefore you cant get back to sleep. Getting up and sitting down somewhere else can end up making you feel tired again so that when you get back into bed you’re ready to snooze again.

 

TREASURES Chamber Soirée 3

We bring you two giants of chamber music: Dvořák and Fauré. Dignified throughout, Dvořák’s lovely Wind Serenade is simply alluring. Brahms wrote of the Serenade: “It would be difficult to discover a finer, more refreshing impression of really abundant and charming creative talent.” Fauré’s Quartet is a work of awesome power. It is beauty personified and is at times playful, grieving and serene. At all times, it carries within it the emotional weight of a symphony, ranging from heartbreak to great jubilation.

October 22, 2017

Sunday | 4:00 pm | Holley Hall

Tickets from $35

SERENADE IN D MINOR, OP. 44

Antonín Dvořák (1841-1904)

The eighteenth century witnessed the birth of many of the important genres in classical music, with the symphony, the string quartet, and the piano trio, among the most prestigious. The instrumental serenade was another, written in a light vein designed primarily for entertainment and even as background music for social gatherings and dinner parties. It developed as a hybrid of chamber and orchestral music, as well as the dance suite, with three to ten relatively short movements. The serenade often involved unusual instrumental combinations, as in Mozart’s Serenade for 13 Wind Instruments (the Gran Partita), which served Dvořák as a model for his Second Serenade. Wind ensembles (or, in German, Harmonie bands) were particularly suited to outdoor entertainment; Mozart composed a slew of them.

Dvořák’s second venture into the Serenade came in 1878. This one he scored for two each of oboes, clarinets and bassoons, one contrabassoon, three horns, cello, and double bass. The Serenade was premiered in Prague the same year and published less than a year later. Brahms again served as guardian angel, promoting Dvořák to his own publisher, Simrock, who offered him his first commission, the Opus 46 set of Slavonic Dances. Dvořák quickly became a sought-after composer, courted by publishers, performers and audiences.

The D-minor serenade is a skillful handling of contrasting moods, opening with a somewhat gloomy military march, followed by a minuet featuring a beautiful clarinet solo, framing a lively trio. The third movement Andante con moto, a dark pastoral idyll, is the longest and weightiest movement but blows the clouds away with a lightweight coda. The work concludes with an energetic Finale, with a second section recalling the Slavonic Dances.

PIANO QUARTET NO. 1 IN C MINOR, OP. 15

Gabriel Urbain Fauré (1845-1924)

The bulk of Gabriel Fauré’s music – whether piano, chamber, vocal or orchestral – conveys the impression of a personal and private statement, an intimate conversation between the composer and his muse. Throughout his long life, Fauré’s ideal was, as he put it, to create musique de chambre; the larger forms – opera, symphonies or concertos – were not for him. His music is admirably suited for performance in private homes or small halls. The elegance and “ease” of much of his music belies the painstaking effort that went into the composition.

It took Fauré a long time to achieve recognition as a major composer. He was a gentle, modest man, who rarely had a harsh word for anybody. Despite his early success as composer of songs and chamber works, he was only appreciated by a small circle of friends. He was 60 when he finally became Director of the Paris Conservatoire in 1905, the most progressive Director the institute ever had. He held the post until 1920.

The C-minor Piano Quartet, graceful, warm and lyrical, is Fauré’s second chamber work (after the Violin Sonata, Op. 13). It premiered in 1880 and was subsequently extensively modified before publication in 1884.

The Quartet opens with a vigorous statement on the strings in unison, which is immediately transformed into a gentler melody. The second theme is introduced by the viola, then taken up by the other instruments.

Fauré solves the difficult problem of integrating the piano with the strings by often treating the keyboard instrument in the manner of a harp. This is particularly effective in the scherzo, where glissandolike runs create a stunning gossamer effect.

The grave and melancholy Adagio is deeply intense, perhaps a reflection of Fauré’s distress at the breakup of his engagement to Marianne Viardot, the daughter of a famed opera singer. The movement is essentially through-composed (without repeats). The Finale returns to the powerful drive of the opening movement, surging to an exultant finish.

Program notes are written by
Joseph and Elizabeth Kahn.
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