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Schubert Leaves Us Wondering, And Debussy Goes Seaward

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Today's program features a fascinating pairing — Schubert and Debussy. Listen in as Daniel takes a deep dive into the emotionally-charged background to the famous Symphony No. 8 of Schubert. It's only two movements long, as opposed to the usual four for a symphony, but does that really mean it merits the nickname "unfinished?" As the tortured Schubert toiled away, this piece sat for years as a manuscript in a drawer.

Perhaps Eduard Hanslick put it best: "Sounds of lament or anger rarely enter this song full of intimate, quiet happiness, clouds of a musical thunderstorm reflecting musical effect rather than dangerous passion..."

We also hear, as a follow-up to last week's French-themed broadcast, Debussy's orchestral masterpiece, his homage to the sea, to his father, and ultimately... to art itself.

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Franz Schubert Symphony No. 8 in B minor Unfinished D. 759
Claude Debussy La Mer

Carlos Miguel Prieto, conducting

Described by The Washington Post as a “dazzling virtuoso,” Daniel Lelchuk was appointed Assistant Principal cellist of the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra in 2013 by music director Carlos Miguel Prieto; he holds the same position with the New Orleans Opera Association. He has performed at numerous international festivals including those of Aspen, Baden-Baden, Hawaii, Colorado, Lakes Area, Silicon Valley, and Salzburg. He serves as cellist for New Orleans based chamber ensemble Lyrica Baroque. At the invitation of Prince Nicolò Boncompagni Ludovisi, he presented a series of solo cello recitals at the famed Villa Aurora, Rome. A founding member of the Castleton Chamber Players with violinist Eric Silberger, Daniel Lelchuk served from 2010-2014 as principal cellist of the Castleton Festival under Maestro Lorin Maazel.