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Concerts from the Library of Congress: Pick of the Week

Each week, the Library of Congress Music Division features free video performances, lectures, and conversations to keep you company.

Introduction

This Pick of the Week features the 2020 virtual performance of Ensemble Dal Niente. 

Ben Melskyharp  |  Carrie Shawsoprano
MingHuan Xuviolin  |  Winston Choipiano

Dal Niente performs music by leading Latin American composers, including Nur Slim’s Humming Between Branches, in which the singer’s voice dances within widely varying instrumental textures that shimmer, dive, and groan with kaleidoscopic virtuosity. The ensemble becomes an extension of the solo harp in Hilda Paredes’ Demente Cuerda. In contrast, Tomás Gueglio’s Lamarque Songs evoke a kind of 40s glamour - at once shy and loud, while at the same time proper and brashly melodramatic. Luis Amaya’s Tinta Roja, Tinta Negra mesmerizes the listener with subtly shifting textures that resonate around an amplified jarana. The concert closes with ​Tania León’s classic wind quintet De Memorias.

Pick of the Week-September 30, 2021

Ensemble dal Niente (event date: November 13, 2020)

Program:
[0:17] Introduction
[0:49] Igor Santos: confined. speak. Commissioned by the McKim Fund in the Library of Congress. MingHuan Xu, violin and Winston Choi, piano. World premiere.
[14:54] Tánia León: De Memorias
[23:58] Nur Slim: Humming Between Branches
[42:13] Luis Fernando Amaya: Tinta Roja, Tinta Negra
[55:48] Tomás Gueglio: Lamarque Songs
[1:02:45] Hilda Paredes: Demente Cuerda

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