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CHAMBER MUSIC

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“There are many pianists who can play a lot of notes, but very few who can collaborate with others like Lura Johnson. She has a unique ability to inspire and inform those with whom she works, making the group stronger than its individual parts. Musically speaking, she can both support and take charge, as necessary.”

-Greg Mulligan, violinist, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra

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BACH
Flute Sonata in Eb Major, BWV 1031
Flute Sonata in A Major, BWV 1032
Gamba Sonata in G Minor, BWV 1027

BARBER
Cello Sonata, Op. 6

BARTOK
Contrasts
Sonata for 2 Pianos, Percussion

BEETHOVEN

Violin Sonata No. 4  in A minor, Op. 23
Violin Sonata No. 5  Op. 24 in F Major, “Spring”
Violin Sonata No. 7  in C Minor, Op. 30, No. 2
Violin Sonata No. 9 in A Minor, Op. 47 “Kreutzer”
Romance in F Major, Op. 50
Cello Sonata No. 3  in A Major, Op. 69
Cello Sonata No. 5 in D Major, Op.102, No. 2
Cello Variations on “Bei Männern…”
Cello Variations on “Judas Maccabeus”
Clarinet Trio, Op. 11 “Gassenheuer”
Piano Trio in E Flat Major, Op. 1 No. 1
Piano Trio in G Major, Op. 1 No. 2
Piano Trio in C Minor, Op. 1, No. 3
Piano Trio in D Major, Op. 70 No. 1, “Ghost”

BERLIOZ
Les Nuits d’Ete

BERNSTEIN
I Hate Music! (song cycle)

BLISS
Viola Sonata

BLOCH
Suite Hebraique
Suite for Viola and Piano

WILLIAM BOLCOM
Violin Sonata No. 2

BRAHMS
Violin Sonata No. 1 in G Major, Op. 78
Violin Sonata No. 2 in A Major, Op. 100
Violin Sonata No. 3 in D Minor, Op. 108
Sonatensatz, Scherzo from FAE Sonata
Viola Sonata in F Minor, Op. 120/1
Viola Sonata in Eb Major, Op. 120/2
Cello Sonata No. 1 in E Minor, Op. 38
Cello Sonata No. 2 in F Major, Op. 99
Clarinet Trio in A Minor, Op. 114
Piano Trio in B Major, Op. 8
Piano Trio in C Minor, Op. 101
Piano Quartet in G Minor, Op. 25
Piano Quartet in A Major, Op. 26
Piano Quartet in C Minor, Op. 60, “Werther”
Piano Quintet in F Minor, Op. 34
Songs: Viola, Alto, Piano, Op. 91

BRITTEN
Lachrymae, Op. 48

CHAMINADE
Concertino

CHAUSSON
Concerto for Piano, Violin and String Quartet

CHOPIN
Cello Sonata in G Minor, Op. 65

CLARKE
Viola Sonata
Morpheus
Passacaglia on Old English Tune

DEBUSSY
Cello Sonata in D Minor
Petite Suite for Piano Four Hands

DOHNANYI
Sextet

DVORAK
Dumky Trio
Piano Quartet in D Major, Op. 23
Piano Quartet in Eb Major, Op. 87
Piano Quintet in A Major, Op. 81

FAURE
Fantaisie for Flute and Piano, Op. 79
Violin Sonata in A Major, Op. 13
Dolly Suite for Four Hands, Op. 56
Piano Quartet No. 2 in G Minor

FRANCK
Sonata in A Major

GENZMER
Sonatina for Trumpet and Piano

GINASTERA
Piano Quintet

GRIEG
Cello Sonata in A Minor, Op. 36
Violin Sonata No. 1 in F Major, Op. 8
Violin Sonata No. 3 in C Minor, Op. 45

GRIFFES
Poem

HAHN
Variations for Flute and Piano on a Theme by Mozart

IVES
Piano Trio

HINDEMITH
Viola Sonata, Op. 11 No. 4

ARTHUR HONEGGER
Concerto da Camera

MARIN MARAIS
Dances for Viola and Piano

MARTINU
Piano Quartet No. 1
Sonatina for Trumpet and Piano

PAUL MORAVEC
Tempest Fantasy

MENDELSSOHN
Violin Sonata in D Major
Violin Sonata in F Major (1838)
Piano Trio in C Minor, Op. 66

MESSIAEN
Thème et Variations for Violin and Piano
Quartet for the End of Time

MOZART
Violin Sonata in G Major, K. 301
Violin Sonata in B Flat Major, K. 378
Violin Sonata in G Major, K. 379
Violin Sonata in B Flat Major, K. 454
Piano Quartet in G Minor, K. 478
Piano Quartet in E Flat Major, K. 493
Wind Quintet in E Flat Major, K. 452

MORITZ MOZKOWSKI
Trio for Two Violins and Piano

PIAZZOLLA
Le Grand Tango

POULENC
Sextet for Winds

PROKOFIEV
Violin Sonata in D Major, Op. 94

RAVEL
Chansons Madecasses

REINECKE
Flute Sonata Op. 167 “Undine”

ROCHBERG
Between Two Worlds
Viola Sonata
Contra mortem et tempus

SAINT-SAËNS
Clarinet Sonata in Eb Major, Op. 167

SCHUBERT
Trockne Blumen Variations for Flute and Piano
Arpeggione Sonata, D. 821
Violin Sonatina in D Major, Op. 137 No. 1
Fantasy in F Minor for 4 Hands, D. 940
Piano Trio in B Flat Major, Op. 99

SCHUMANN
Adagio and Allegro, Op. 70
Three Romances for Oboe, Op. 94
Fantasiestücke for Cello, Op. 73
5 Pieces in Folk Style for Cello and Piano, Op.102
Liederkreis Op. 39
Piano Quintet in Eb Major, Op. 44
Piano Quartet in Eb Major, Op. 47

SHOSTAKOVICH
Viola Sonata, Op. 147
Cello Sonata, Op. 40
Piano Quintet Op. 57

ETHEL SMYTHE
Trio for Violin, Horn, and Piano

TCHAIKOVSKY
Piano Trio in A Minor. Op. 50


PIANO CONCERTOS

Performing SCHUMANN PIANO CONCERTO Nov 2007 with LCCO and Robert Beckstrom, music director

“Lura Johnson … played the Grieg Concerto in A minor, opus 16 with great flourish and technical prowess – hands flying in the air dramatically at the end of phrases and grabbing the piano with her left hand when she played with the right. The pyrotechnics, melodic control and technical prowess which won her the audition for the Delaware Symphony Orchestra were evident in her rendition of the cadenza in the first movement. In the second movement, she played softly and lyrically, trading off the melody with the oboe. The third movement was the most impressive in expression and melodic control. Her ability to bring out the melody over a soft slew of notes in the left hand in the third movement won me over.” (Newark Post)

BACH
Keyboard Concerto in D Minor, BWV 1052

BEETHOVEN

Concerto No. 1 in C Major
Concerto No. 2 in Bb Major
Concerto No. 3 in C Minor

DEREK BERMEL
Turning Variations (2006)

BRAHMS
Concerto No. 2 in B Flat Major, Op. 83

GERSHWIN
Rhapsody in Blue

GRIEG
Concerto in A Minor, Op. 16

MOZART
Concerto in C Major, K. 246
Concerto in G Major, K. 453
Concerto in C Major, K. 467
Concerto in D Minor, K. 466

PROKOFIEV
Concerto No. 1 in D-flat Major

RACHMANINOFF
Concerto No. 1 in F-Sharp Minor, Op. 1

SAINT-SAENS
Concerto No. 2 in G Minor, Op. 22

SCHUMANN
Concerto in A Minor, Op. 54

SHOSTAKOVICH
Concerto No. 1

NEW MUSIC

gabby“Composers pray for players that are this imaginative and intelligent, this risk-taking and expressive. Christina [Jennings] and Lura not only bring already composed works of mine to renewed life, but actually feed my fancy new ideas and sounds. Add to this the duo’s power and virtuosity and you have every composer’s dream.”
-Gabriela Lena Frank, composer

 

JOHN ADAMS (b. 1947)
Fearful Symmetries (1988)
Violin Concerto (1993)
On the Transmigration of Souls (2002)
Doctor Atomic Symphony (2007)

JUDAH ADASHI (b. 1975)
The Dark Hours (2007)

KATHRYN ALEXANDER (b. 1955)
From the Faraway Nearby (2004)

STEVE ANTOSCA (b. 1955)
++kairos: time outside of time (2008)
++chamber set ~  threads (2009)
HABITAT (2013)

DEREK BERMEL (b. 1967)
Turning (1995)

WILLIAM BOLCOM (b. 1938)
Garden of Eden Suite (1969)
Recuerdos (1991)
Three Dance Portraits (1986)
Violin Sonata No. 2

PIERRE BOULEZ (b. 1925)
Derive 1 (1984)

DOUGLAS BOYCE (b. 1970)
Palimpsest: A Composition of Maps (2004)
A Book of Songs (2006)

MARTIN BRESNICK (b. 1946)
My Twentieth Century (2002)

DAVE BRUBECK
Ansel Adams: America (2012)

JOHN CAGE (1912-1992)
Credo in US (1942)
Nocturne (1947)
Amores (1949)

ELLIOTT CARTER (b. 1908)
A Mirror on Which To Dwell

JOHN CORIGLIANO (b. 1938)
Pied Piper Fantasy (1982)
Circus Maximus, Symphony No. 2 (2004)

HENRY COWELL (1897-1965)
The Tides of Manaunaun (1917)
Exultation (1919)
The Aeolian Harp (1923)

CINDY COX (b. 1961)
Axis Mundi (2005)

GEORGE CRUMB (b. 1929)
Eleven Echoes of Autumn (1966)

C. CURTIS-SMITH (1937)
Twelve Etudes (2000)

MICHAEL DAUGHERTY
Red Cape Tango, from Metropolis Symphony (1988-93)

TOM DELIO (b. 1951)
Transients/Resonances (2006)

LINDA DUSMAN (b. 1956)
++Diverging Flints for Piano Trio (2009)

HALIM EL-DABH
Clytemnestra (ballet) (prepared piano)

ERIC EWAZEN (b. 1954)
Trio for Horn, Bassoon, and Piano (1983)

MORTON FELDMAN (1926-1987)
Four Instruments (1965)

GABRIELA LENA FRANK (b. 1972)
Sonata Andina (2000)
Sueños de Chambi (2002)

PHILIP GLASS (b. 1937)
Glassworks (1982)
Symphony No. 4, “Heroes” (1996)
Icarus at the Edge of Time (2010)
Life: A Journey Through Time (2010)

GEOFFREY GORDON (b. 1968)
Fallen Eve (2004)

SAMUEL HAMM (b. 1955)
Absence of Joy (2001)

JENNIFER HIGDON
Percussion Concerto (2012)

DAVID HEUSER (b. 1966)
Catching Updrafts (2000)

CHARLES IVES (1874-1954)
The Concord Sonata (1910-1915)
Piano Trio (1909-10, revised 1914-1915)

AARON JAY KERNIS (b. 1960)
Newly Drawn Sky (2005)

LEON KIRCHNER (b. 1919)
Trio I (1954)

WILLIAM KLEINSASSER
Innocent Proteins (2004)
++A Gift of Possible Futures (2006)
++Interstitial Dances (2009)

GYÖRGY KURTÁG (b. 1926)
Jatekok (1975-)

LIBBY LARSEN (b. 1950)
Solo Symphony (1999)

JONATHAN LESHNOFF
Theme and Variations on a Beloved Tune (2008)

LEI LIANG (b. 1972)
Trio for Piano, Cello and Percussion (2002)

DAVID T. LITTLE (b. 1978)
Screamer

WITOLD LUTOSLAWSKI (1913-1994)
Concerto for Orchestra (1950-54)

DONALD MARTINO (b. 1931)
Notturno (1973)

A.J. MCCAFFREY (b. 1973)
++**Reflections on Beati Quorum Via (2003)   (recorded on the Foxridge Label)

ERIC MOE (b. 1954)
Rip Rap (1989)

PAUL MORAVEC (b. 1957)
Andy Warhol Sez (2005)
Chamber Symphony (2003)
Tempest Fantasy (2004)

LAWRENCE MOSS (b. 1927)
Four Songs, From the Chinese  (recorded on the Innova Label)

JEFFREY MUMFORD (b. 1955)
for Elliott (1983)
tango-variations (1983-1984)
a diffuse light… (1989)
undiluted days, for piano trio (2000)
++four dances for Boris (2003)
a focused expanse… (2003)
**++a gracious accord: romance (2005)  (recorded on the Albany Records Label)
**++an evolving romance (2005)
++of ringing and layered space (2010): Mvt. II: Lura

TRISTAN MURAIL (b. 1947)
Feuilles à Travers les Cloches (1998)

MARK O’CONNOR
Americana Symphony (2006)  (recorded for OMAC Records)
Violin Sonata (1997)

SAMUEL NICHOLS
Axis

EUGENE O’BRIEN (b. 1945)
Embarking for Cythera (1978 )

ARVO PÄRT (b. 1935)
Fratres (1977)
Spiegel im Spiegel (1978)    (recorded for Centaur Records)

ESA PEKKA-SALONEN (b. 1958)
Dichotomie for solo piano (2000)

GEORGE PERLE (b. 1915)
Critical Moments (2001)

SHULAMIT RAN (b. 1949)
Mirage (1990)

GEORGE ROCHBERG (1918-2005)
Contra Mortem et Tempus (1965)
Viola Sonata (1979)    (recorded for Centaur Records)
Between Two Worlds (1982)

MATHEW ROSENBLUM (b. 1954)
Maggies (1997)

ALFRED SCHNITTKE (b. 1934)
Suite in the Old Style (1972)
Cello Sonata (1978)

JOSEPH SCHWANTNER (b. 1943)
Black Anemones (1980)
New Morning for the World  (1982)

LAURA SCHWENDINGER (b. 1962)
High Wire Act (2005)

JUDITH SHATIN (b. 1949)
++Tower of the Eight Winds (2008)  (premiered at the Library of Congress)

ROBERTO SIERRA
Sinfonia No. 4

OTAR TAKTAKISHVILI (1924-1989)
Flute Sonata (1968)

MARK ANTHONY TURNAGE (1960-)
Ceres (2005)

ANTHONY VILLA
Duo for Piano and Percussion

DAN VISCONTI (b. 1982)
Fractured Jams (2005)

CHARLES WUORINEN (b. 1938)
New York Notes (1982)

CHEN YI (b. 1953)
Qi (1997)

SAMUEL ZYMAN (b. 1956)
Flute Sonata

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