FOURTH COAST ENSEMBLE'S BLOG
This week's #artsongfix brings you a never-before-seen studio recording of the ensemble singing So wahr die Sonne scheinet, from Robert Schumann's song cycle Minnespiel, featuring pianist Dana Brown.
Considered a gateway work into Schumann's later stylistic period, Minnespiel was written in 1849 during a time of great upheaval in the composer's life. The work takes its text from Friedrich Rückert, and centers on themes of love, marriage, and fidelity. You are hearing the final movement today, with a text that exclaims:
As truly as the sun shines
I love you, as you love me.
Fun Fact: This recording is the VERY first performance the ensemble ever gave with ensemble tenor Ace Gangoso, who joined the group in July of 2019!
This week's #artsongfix takes us on a trip... to Spain!
This song was written in 1932 by Mexican composer Agustín Lara, and has been translated into multiple languages and musical styles ever since. The text speaks of the Spanish city Granada, where bull fights stain the ground with blood, the music enchants, and passionate lovers meet one another's eyes.
This song has pleased audiences in both classical and popular music for generations, and we know that ensemble tenor Ace Gangoso and pianist Kuang-Hao Huang are sure to enchant you in this recording from March 2, 2020 at Fourth Presbyterian Church of Chicago's Buchanan Chapel.
Hello, and welcome to the blog! We are Fourth Coast Ensemble, Chicago's classical vocal quartet. Join a different member of our ensemble each week for insights into our favorite art songs, links to archival and new recordings, and reflections on why we value and continue to come back to this musical medium. We proudly present, your weekly #artsongfix!