Brahms’s Fourth Symphony anchors a program that includes the debut of The Pleasure is the Law joining the orchestra for Olivier Messiaen’s rarely performed Concert à quatre.
Joshua Gersen, conductor
Pleasure is the Law, soloists
Loren Loiacono: Against the Shrieking City Air (world premiere)
Messiaen: Concert à quatre
Brahms: Symphony No. 4 in E minor, op. 98
Pleasure is the Law (Nadine Asin, Elaine Douvas, Darrett Adkins, and Steven Beck) is a mixed ensemble comprised of flute, oboe, cello and keyboard, formed in 2002. The group is devoted to the exploration of contemporary repertoire composed for this traditional baroque combination. Combining an unusual mix of eighteenth century colors with twentieth century techniques, these players demonstrate comfort in both worlds. The group’s debut CD, produced by Boston Records in 2009, includes repertoire by Elliott Carter, Frank Martin, Ilja Hurnik, and the premiere recording of Feast Day by Peter Lieberson. The American Record Guide hailed the CD writing, “This is outstanding. All of this music except the Berlioz was new to me, and I enjoyed hearing it. You will too. Performers are superb. Every piece is flawless, but still played with great passion. A must find.” The group has performed recital programs at various venues including the Aspen Music Festival and School, Bard College Conservatory, Ridgewood (NJ) Patron Series at Westside Church, and Bargemusic. They take their name and inspiration from this quote of Claude Debussy: “Some people wish above all to conform to the rules. I wish only to render what I can hear. There is no theory. You have only to listen. Pleasure is the law.”