Aspen Music Festival And School

A Recital by Jay Campbell cello

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MATTHIAS PINTSCHER: Now II for Violincello Solo
CARTER: Figment No. 1 for Solo Cello
LIZA LIM: an ocean beyond earth

PAULINE OLIVEROS: Horse Sings from Cloud
J.S. BACH: Andante from Sonata in C major, BWV 1005

He’s the only artist to receive two Avery Fisher Career Grants, the youngest artist-in-residence of the Lucerne Festival, and the winner of the prestigious Ruiz, Elmaleh, and Naumberg Awards. Not yet 30, cellist Jay Campbell has already premiered more than 100 works. The New York Times has praised his “electrifying performance,” and the Washington Post remarked, “Once Campbell wraps himself around the cello, you’re willing to follow him anywhere.” 

Campbell’s playing as a member of the JCT Trio thrilled the Aspen audience last summer. In this adventurous program, he'll share his passion for new works, drawing on a rich palette of colors and a profound grasp of style and structure. Pintscher’s Now II for Violincello Solo was inspired by the abstract expressionist paintings of the American artist Barnett Newman. In the composer’s words, the piece is “about resonances, about the inward and outward givens of existence, about life itself: ‘I find the cello a highly suitable instrument for depicting such existential conditions.’” At his eighty-fifth birthday concert, Elliott Carter was asked to write a cello piece. The result was the 1994 Figment for Solo Cello, which Carter says, “presents a variety of contrasting, dramatic moments, using material derived from one musical idea.”

Liza Lim’s 2016 an ocean beyond earth draws inspiration from new research data from NASA's Cassini mission, which found a global ocean beneath the icy crust of Saturn's geologically active moon Enceladus. The stately and hypnotic Horse Sings from Cloud by Pauline Oliveros is based on a dream the composer had, and creates the calm and centering sense of an ancient ritual. A transcription of the slow movement of one of Bach’s violin sonatas heightens the sense of serenity before Tristan Perich’s driving and exhilarating Formations for cello and 1-bit electronics concludes the program. Let one of the most exciting artists of the new generation take you on a musical odyssey you won't forget!

Robert Spano, Music Director

Alan Fletcher, President and CEO