Benaroya Hall, Seattle, WA
Pekka Kuusisto, violin / Seattle Symphony / Andrew Litton
Gravity imposes a tidal lock on the Moon, forcing one side to constantly face the Earth. Lunarians, dwelling at the equator, would see the globe fixed at the zenith, slowly changing phases as the synodic cycle progresses. Planetary phases are complementary to lunar ones; if the world wanes, the satellite waxes; if the blue is full, the silver is new. When the Earth casts her shadow over the Moon, Earthlings witness a lunar eclipse whereas Lunarians attend to a solar one.
At totality, solar rays bend through Earth's atmosphere coating the full face of the Moon with a gloomy red glow, which is seen at the near side as a fiery halo engulfing the darkened planet. This annular twilight comprises every daybreak or nightfall at the blue horizon. Earthlings inside the gloom zone can see the bloody moon rising at dawn, or setting at dusk.
1st movement: The Earth - Full / The Moon - New
2nd movement: The Earth - Waning / The Moon - Waxing
3rd movement: The Earth - New / The Moon - Full
4th movement: The Earth - Solar Eclipse / The Moon - Lunar Eclipse
Classical Voice North America
“a rivetingly fresh take on the solo concerto genre”
“Chapela fuses the propulsive energy of rock with the kind of perpetual-motion dynamism that animates the fast movements of a Baroque concerto”
“tautly constructed ... I especially admired his reworking of the fast-slow-fast concerto archetype into an intriguing four-part symmetry in keeping with the complementary phases, giving a new perspective to the principle of recapitulation. His treatment of the orchestra worked especially well with the violin’s amplified tonal colors: tendrilled woodwind figures and glissando harmonies from the strings provided a mysterious aura, while snarling brass accents established an atmosphere of combined fear and excitement."