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Alasdair Fraser and Natalie Haas

Megan Sukys/Dave Beck
01/27/2006

Master fiddler Alasdair Fraser, long regarded as one of Scotlandís premier musical ambassadors, presents the rich Scottish fiddle tradition with unsurpassed eloquence, passion and energy. In his latest collaboration, with vibrant young cellist Natalie Haas, Alasdair continues his journey, exploring the dynamic and rhythmic soul of Scottish dance music together with lyrical, sensitive airs. KUOW's Dave Beck speaks with Alasdair Fraser and Natalie Haas and they perform live in our studio. Also this hour, Mozart for the Mildly Musical, and selections from Mozart's Requiem.



Today's Featured Music Selection: Mozart's Requiem
On the occasion of the 250th Anniversary of Mozart's birth we'll listen to selections from his Requiem as our daily music. As we'll hear from our guest, Seattle Opera Education Director Perry Lorenzo, the composition of the Requiem has become the source of much mythology. The commission for the work is often said to have been delivered by a mysterious messenger whose presence foreshadowered Mozart's premature death. The actual commission in the summer of 1791 was delivered by a messenger of Count Franz von Walsegg-Stuppach. The Count planned to have the Requiem performed on the anniversary of his wife's death.

During the period in which Mozart composed the Requiem he was also at work on his operas La Clemenza di Tito and The Magic Flute. At his death on December 5, 1791 Mozart had only been able to complete the first movement of the Requiem's score - the Introit - and parts of nine of the following 13 sections. Much of the Requiem was written by composers other than Mozart. His wife Constanze arranged for Joseph Eybler and then Franz Xaver SŁssmayr to complete the work. The final score also contained the handwriting of a third collaborator, Jakob Freystaedtler.

Related Event:
Itzhak Perlman conducts the Mozart Requiem with the Seattle Symphony, January 26th - 28th, 8:00 p.m. at Benaroya Hall in Seattle.

Related Links:

  • Seattle Symphony


  • At 2:05pm - Alasdair Fraser and Natalie Haas
    Master fiddler Alasdair Fraser, long regarded as one of Scotlandís premier musical ambassadors, presents the rich Scottish fiddle tradition with unsurpassed eloquence, passion and energy. In his latest collaboration, with vibrant young cellist Natalie Haas, Alasdair continues his journey, exploring the dynamic and rhythmic soul of Scottish dance music together with lyrical, sensitive airs. KUOW's Dave Beck speaks with Alasdair Fraser and Natalie Haas and they perform live in our studio.

    Related Event:
    Alasdair Fraser and Natalie Haas perform Friday, January 27th, 8:00 p.m. at Benaroya Hall in Seattle.

    Related Links:

  • Alasdair Fraser and Natalie Haas
  • Benaroya Hall


  • At 2:33pm - 'Mozart for the Mildly Musical'
    To mark the 250th birthday of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, we bring you a guide to "Mozart for the Mildly Musical." Seattle Opera Education Director Perry Lorenzo decodes Mozart's music, from the simple to the complex.

    Related Links:
  • The Mozart Project
  • Amadeus! A Mozart Festival, Seattle Symphony
  • Mozart's Opera, 'Cosi Fan Tutte', Seattle Opera


  • At 2:50pm - Film Reviews with Robert Horton
    Robert Horton reviews Hollywood Blockbusters and art house rarities every Friday on The Beat. He joins us with a look at films screening in our region this weekend.
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