Tuesday, July 01, 2014

Gil Shaham performs sterling recital of unaccompanied Bach at Shriver Hall

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"One of the coolest things about Bach is how all that technical and expressive beauty is as apparent in a work for solo violin as in a large-scale piece for chorus and orchestra. This point was driven home superbly by Gil Shaham during his all-Bach, all-unaccompanied recital for the Shriver Hall Concert Series Sunday evening."

Read the Baltimore Sun music critic Tim Smith's full review here.

http://www.baltimoresun.com/entertainment/arts/artsmash/bal-gil-shaham-plays-unaccompanied-bach-at-shriver-hall-20140224,0,1571283.story#ixzz36EZPGpJC

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Monday, February 17, 2014

Finley & Drake Winterreise Review

Posted by: sjacobsohn

"It takes rare vocal skill and interpretive insight to bring out all of this, to make an audience see such powerful imagery, to feel the emotional weight of each step and sigh of "Winterreise." Finley, a singer equally acclaimed in opera houses and recital halls, achieved those results in this concert."
Tim Smith, The Baltimore Sun


Read the entire review here: http://www.baltimoresun.com/entertainment/arts/artsmash/bal-gerald-finley-gives-incisive-performance-of-schuberts-winterreise-at-shriver-hall-20140211,0,7309009.story#ixzz2tceyVnl4

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Monday, September 30, 2013

Mischa & Lily Maisky at SHCS

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Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Two Reveiws of Magdalena Kozena and Yefim Bronfman performance

Posted by: sjacobsohn

The reviews are in from this past Sunday's performance by mezzo soprano Magdalena Kozena and pianist Yefim Bronfman. If you came, we'd love to hear what you thought!

Here are the reviews:

Baltimore Sun - Tim Smith

"Vocal recitals are rare enough in Baltimore that even a program of familiar lieder would qualify as a novelty. A program of way-off-the-beaten-path songs? That's beyond cool." Read More Here

Washington Post - Charles Downey

"The things that make a good song recital happen can be as elusive as alchemy. Part of it is the choice of songs, part is the singer’s ability to narrate in music as if simply reciting poetry, and part is the pianist’s ability to set the scene. All three of these elements came together in the recital by Magdalena Kozena on Sunday at Shriver Hall, the Czech mezzo-soprano’s first in the area since 2009." Read More Here

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Monday, January 28, 2013

Baltimore Sun Review of Marc-Andre Hamelin's "Compelling" Recital

Posted by: sjacobsohn

Baltimore Sun music and theater critic Tim Smith's review of Marc-Andre Hamelin's Jan 27th concert at Shriver Hall Concert Series begins:

From the very first chord, there was no doubt that Marc-Andre Hamelin's recital Sunday evening for the Shriver Hall Concert Series was going to be compelling…That chord, which launched a transcription by Tivadar Szanto of Bach's G minor Fantasia and Fugue for organ, was articulated not just with terrific force, but a delectable richness of tone as well.

He goes on to say,

Rachmaninoff also figured prominently on the recital. Hamelin tore into the Second Sonata with a blend of startling bravura and white-hot lyricism, creating an action-packed tone poem…

Read the entire article here: 

http://weblogs.baltimoresun.com/entertainment/classicalmusic/2013/01/pianist_marcandre_hamelin_give.html


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