Monday, November 05, 2012

Europa Galante at Shriver Hall

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We may be slightly biased, but we love it when our concert’s get great reviews. Thanks to Tim Smith of the Baltimore Sun for this lovely review of this past Sunday’s performance by Europa Galante. Of course we’d love to hear what you thought as well – so please post your comments!

"Also on Sunday, Europa Galante, the brilliant early music ensemble from Italy founded and led by violinist Fabio Biondi, gave a performance for the Shriver Hall Concert Series.

It is amazing to think back to the first wave of period instrument groups a few decades ago, when things could be so musicologically strict -- and, often, technically erratic. Today, once-outlawed vibrato is allowed to sneak in for expressive underlining, and tempos are allowed to breathe.

Europa Galante demonstrated terrific flexibility on such matters, while maintaining excellent intonation and smoothness of blend, in works by Vivaldi, Couperin and Mascitti on the first half of the program. Early music-making doesn't get much better than this.

Biondi's glowing tone and lively phrasing proved a constant delight, and there was beautifully nuanced playing from his colleagues, especially Giangiacomo Pinardi on theorbo."

Europa Galante with Jephta Drachman

The members of Europa Galante pose for a picture with SHCS Board President, Jephta Drachman, at a post-concert reception

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Friday, November 02, 2012

Europa Galante this Sunday

Posted by: sjacobsohn

Ionarts blogger Charles Downey thinks "it would be worthwhile to make the trip up to Baltimore for the concert by Europa Galante" and we are inclined to agree. Limited tickets are still available!

See the full articl on Ionarts by clicking here.

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Friday, November 02, 2012

Results of SHCS Summer Survey

Posted by: sjacobsohn

Back in August 2012, we asked for feedback from our subscribers on a number of topics through an online survey. We are pleased to share with you some of the results of the survey which you can view by clicking here.

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Click here to see the Survey Results


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Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Brentano String Quartet opens the 2012-13 Season

Posted by: sjacobsohn

Thanks to all who attended our 2012-13 season opening performance by the Brentano String Quartet. There is no better feeling for us than a concert hall  full of excited concert-goers enjoying a great performance - and we hope this was your experience. Baltimore Sun critic gave the performance a wonderful review (read it here):

A little while later, the Brentano String Quartet opened the 2012-13 Shriver Hall Concert Series in brilliant fashion.

The group's account of Haydn's "Joke" Quartet was so supple and wry, the players so beautifully meshed in tone and temperament, that the program could have ended right there and I would have considered it a full evening.

It was a great demonstration of the Brentano's abilities, not to mention a reaffirmation of Haydn's genius and geniality (you just know Haydn would be the most fun among all the music giants to have a beer -- in my case, a gin and tonic -- with).

Ferruccio Busoni was such a big deal, as pianist and composer, in the late 19th-century and first two decades of the 20th, but only rarely acknowledged these days. The Brentano ensemble did its part to honor him by programming his Quartet No. 2, an intriguing work of dark lyricism and sometimes quirky paths.

The piece was played with conviction and character, not to mention technical finesse. Violist Misha Amory's rich-toned phrases proved particularly effective. (In what might be a mini-Busoni boom, pianist Marc-Andre Hamelin is scheduled to play a work by the composer later this season at Shriver Hall.) 

There was much to savor as well in Brahms' A minor Quartet (Op. 51, No. 2), which found the musicians again producing a superbly cohesive sound, articulating with great clarity and communicative flair.

Brentano String Quartet Rehearsing

Brentano String Quartet Rehearsing at Shriver Hall on October 14, 2012

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Friday, May 18, 2012

Pavel Haas Quartet and Magdalena Kozena Profiled in Wall Street Journal

Posted by: sjacobsohn

Today’s Wall Street Journal includes a wonderful article by J.S. Marcus called “Prelude to a Movement: After Communism, a New Generation of Czech Stars Is Taking the Classical World by Storm.” The article provides an in-depth profile of the Pavel Haas String Quartet and mezzo soprano Magdalena Kozena – two of the artists performing on Shriver Hall Concert Series 2012-13 Season. Read the whole article here!

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