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Enter contest to win Liebesfreud's new CD - January 13, 2006

We're expecting delivery of our first recording, "Selected Shorts", February 2nd. The fine print specified "subject to 5% overrun or underrun".
This means we'll receive 950, 1050 or anything in between.
So... go to "Guestbook" ~ enter: name, e-mail, and in the comment box, the number from 950-1050 you guess will arrive in our first shipment.
(Comments, of course, also welcome!)
Click on "Submit..."
~ 1st Prize ~ Entrant guessing closest to number we receive wins:
~~ a CD and admission for 4 to a Liebesfreud Open Rehearsal
~ Exact match bonus, in honor of Mozart's 250th Birthday (see "Calendar"), the
Everyman's Library - EMI Classics "Music Companions" Mozart book and 3-CD set!
~ 2nd Prize ~ Runner-up wins:
~~ a CD and 2 Open Rehearsal tickets.
Other rules:
~ 1) Anyone may enter, but only once, please
~ 2) Maximum of 101 entrants ~ one per number ~ so browse previous entries
~ 3) If Liebesfreud "family" member wins, other best 2 guesses still win!
~ 4) Come to our concert on January 27th - not required (LOL) but we do hope to see you there ~ see "Calendar" page
~~ Winners posted on February 7, 2006 ~ Good Luck to all! ~~

Liebesfreud's First CD Available "Short"ly - January 8, 2006

~ Liebesfreud's first recording, titled "Selected Shorts", is scheduled for release at the end of this month.

Selected Shorts - Neglected Gems for String Quartet

Instrumental chamber music probably took shape as an independent, self-sufficient genre late in the 17th century and composers—a hard-headed bunch, as we all know—seem to have adopted, almost immediately, a very practical policy: if you are going to require two or more people to forego the delights of the tavern and Monday Night Football for the more dubious satisfactions which music-making might provide, then you had better give them something substantial to play.
This usually meant a work of several somewhat contrasted movements—four, most often—and the practice remained remarkably constant, from the Baroque “Church Sonata”, through the evolution/revolution of the sonata style (and the concomitant emergence of the String Quartet as the genre’s fundamental medium), and beyond even the aesthetic upheavals of Romanticism and Modernism. Isolated pieces for string quartet are therefore a bit anomalous and, it would seem, awkward to accommodate in concert programs, so that a certain amount of beautiful and distinguished music tends to get lost in the shuffle—hence, this recording.
Think of it as a shelter for homeless quartet movements.

These works are unattached for reasons that are sometimes obvious—Grieg’s was a student exercise, Mendelssohn died—and sometimes unfathomable (as with Schubert’s piece), but each one either represents its composer’s full powers or offers a glimpse of something unfamiliar in his creative persona—sometimes both.
We should add that this collection is far from exhaustive; stay tuned for Selected Shorts—the sequel!

The works included on the recording can be found by clicking on the "Music" tab on this homepage. Program notes were written with humor and eloquence by Liebesfreud violinist, Geoffrey Michaels.

"Last Fridays" Series of Free Concerts Established - January 1, 2006

Liebesfreud institutes series of free concerts on the "Last Friday" of each month, now through June.
These concerts are a gift to the Philadelphia area music lovers from Liebesfreud's musicians and guest artists. January through April concerts take place in the Chambers-Wylie Church across from the Kimmel Center in downtown Philadelphia and begin at 5:30 p.m.*
May program at Philadelphia Ethical Society at 5:30 p.m.
June concert in the Thomas Great Hall of Bryn Mawr College at 10:00 p.m!
Highlights planned for this first season are on
January 27th - Mozart's Clarinet Quintet
February 24th - Mozart's Two Violin & Viola Duos * (begins at 6:00)
March 31st - Haydn's last String Quartet (op. 77 #2)
April 28th - Beethoven's last String Quartet (op. 135)
May 26th - Beethoven's first String Quartet (op. 18 #3)
June 30th - Dvorak's "Bass" Quintet

Liebesfreud Lands Ricardo Morales for Mozart - December 27, 2005

Liebesfreud announces collaboration with Philadelphia Orchestra Principal Clarinet, Ricardo Morales in Mozart's Quintet for Clarinet and Strings K.581.
An all-Mozart program, on January 27, 2006 - the 250th anniversary of the birth of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, opens with the String Quartet in G major K.387.
The concert, at the Chambers-Wylie Cathedral on South Broad Street in Philadelphia, begins at 5:30 pm.
Admission is free.
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