Janneke Hoogland, cello
Karen Neal, mezzo-soprano
Melinda Coffey Armstead, piano & organ
Six Studies in English Folksong . . . Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872-1958)
I Adagio (‘Lovely on the Water’)
II Andante sostenuto (Spurn Point’)
III Larghetto (‘Van Dieman’s Land’)
IV Lento (‘The Lady and the Dragon’)
V Andante tranquillo (‘She Borrowed Some of Her Mother’s Gold’)
VI Allegro vivace (‘As I Walked Over London Bridge’)
Salut d’Amour . . . Edward Elgar (1857-1954)
Wondrous, Perfect Love for cello and voice . . . 15th C. text, Southern folk hymn, arr. by Lynda Poston-Smith 1999
Fantasia on Greensleeves . . . R. Vaughan Williams
Rondeau from Abdelazer . . . Henry Purcell (1659-1695)
A warm welcome back to Janneke Hoogland! Originally from the Bay Area, she studied cello at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music before earning a Master of Music degree from the Eastman School of Music. After more than 20 years of study, teaching and performing full time in Rochester, she recently moved to Carmel Valley, and here we were, waiting for her lovely self and the wonderful warm sound of her cello. We are so fortunate to have her in the neighborhood!
Our dear friend and colleague Karen Neal joins us in a surprise visit to the west coast this week from her home in Miami. Not that she deserves any special credit for living in Florida, which, apart from its location, shape, terrain and weather is identical to California. But, if you feel you must take into account her musicianship, her artistry, as well as her stunning voice, appearance and presence, then I suppose it’s not unreasonable to allow her SOME credit.
The Six Studies in English Folk Song, written in 1926, is a collection of six English folk songs set for cello and piano. Each song follows the same format: presentation of the tune in the solo line, followed by a full iteration of the folk song in the piano with an ornamented solo line. Vaughan Williams wrote that his aim in setting the songs was for them to be “treated with love,” which I think is not a bad operating principle.