Spring 2012 Fund Drive
Fri March 30, 2012
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This handsome cap features the npr.org logo embroidered across the front. Putty-colored and 100% washed cotton twill; black embroidery. Unstructured, low-profile design with pre-formed brim; self-fabric velcro closure. Available for a gift of $150 or more. Contribute
All Things Considered®/BPA-Free Water Bottle
This sleek, blue-tinted 20 oz. BPA-free water bottle with stainless steel rim features the All Things Considered logo in white. Hand wash only. Do not microwave. Available for a gift of $120 or more. Contribute
Dvorak String Quartets No 12 & 13 Pavel Haas Quartet (CD)
Winner of The Gramophone magazine's Recording of the Year award. Available for a gift of $100 or more. Contribute
Playing like this disarms criticism. These performances are as fine as any, making comparison basically pointless. The "American" has that artless freshness and simple joy in vivid color that Dvorák's folk-like melodies demand. The players take the first-movement exposition repeat (what sane person wouldn't want to hear it twice?), offer vivaciously sprung rhythms in the scherzo and finale, and deliver a slow movement that's soulful but never tacky. This is without question a performance in the great Czech tradition, in which immaculate ensemble and beautifully smooth sonority never overwhelm the music's purposeful forward thrust.
The Thirteenth Quartet is simply one of the very greatest works in the genre, arguably the finest after Beethoven (and that's not forgetting Brahms). At 36 minutes, it operates on a symphonic scale, but its depth and intimacy belong uniquely to the quartet medium. The performance, once again, is magnificent, particularly in the Adagio non troppo, where the players find a perfect tempo and phrase the music with exceptional sensitivity. If the coupling looks appealing, then snap this release up without delay. – David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com
The Fine Print
The fair market value of each gift is subtracted from the tax-deductible portion of your pledge; this will be detailed on your tax letter (sent to you in January 2013). Gifts will be available through July 31, 2012 or while supplies last.