Music and Museum from Home

Members of the Bechtler Ensemble are still making music from their porch or front lawn for loved ones and neighbors. Check out the clip below of the Lawn Concert Series performed on April 5, 2020 by Lenora Leggatt, violin and Tanja Bechtler cello, Aubade, Andante by Benjamin Godard. Many thanks to Bob Teixeira our recording technician.

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We asked Tanja Bechtler, director and founder of the Bechtler Ensemble, for her current top 10 classical music playlist, and she did not disappoint! Below are some of her favorite musical selections from the Baroque era to the 21st century.

1. Richard Strauss, Vier letzte Lieder, Jessye Norman, Kurt Masur

Tanja notes: Richard Strauss (1864-1949) wrote these songs as he was reflecting back on his life in gratefulness. I had the privilege to play under Kurt Masur while getting my Master’s degree as the principal cellist at Manhattan School of Music, where he would conduct once a year. The voice is the only instrument we have inside of us. Most of us can sing even if we don’t think we can and singing has an amazing power to rejuvenate our spirit.

2. Arvo Pärt: Spiegel im Spiegel (Cello & Piano)

3. Arvo Paert , Fratres, Anne Akkiko Meyers, violinist

Anne Akiko Meyers performs Arvo Pärt's 'Fratres' with Kristjan Järvi and the MDR Leipzig Orchestra. Anne was chosen to collaborate with Arvo Pärt and also recorded 'Darf Ich' and 'Passacaglia' for his 80th birthday celebrations. Available at Naive Classiques. 

Tanja notes: Charlotte Symphony violinist, Joseph Meyers as well as Peter deVries performed this breathtaking piece with pianist Dr. Paul Nitsch. 

4. Philip Glass - String Quartet No. 3 "Mishima" , VI

5. Schubert: "Die Forelle" (Fischer-Dieskau, Moore)

6. Schubert: Das Forellen Quintett/Trout Quintet D.667 Op114 from Esbjerg EnergiMetropol

Tanja notes: Schubert - Trout Quintet - for piano and strings is based on this melody, 'Die Forelle'.

7. Alan Hovhaness - String Quartet No. 4, Op. 208 No. 2: I. Adagio ma non troppo

8. Mahler: Adagietto Symphony 5 - Karajan*

Tanja notes: Very often Mahler, the Austrian composer and conductor, would compose while traveling at sea between the continents. 

9. Arno Babadjanyan - Elegie "In Memory of Khachaturian"

10. J. S. Bach - Cello Suite No. 6 in D major BWM 1012

Tanja notes: J. S. Bach Suite for solo cello No. 6 - played on a cello de spalla with 5 strings which might have been the instrument that J. S. Bach wanted this particular suite to be played on. 

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