Friday, January 25, 2013

Marc-Andre Hamelin Shriver Hall Concert Series Debut previewed in today's Baltimore Sun!

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Today's Baltimore Sun features a preview of Marc-Andre Hamelin's debut performance at Shriver Hall Concert Series. Sun critic Tim Smith opens the article by saying

There is no shortage of pianists with pristine techniques today. There is even a decent supply of polished pianists who possess the rarer attribute of musicality. But Marc-Andre Hamelin still stands out from the pack.

Critics have been known to sound more like fan club presidents when describing Hamelin performances, tossing off adjectives like "legendary," "fearless" and "electrifying," or even giving him the title "piano superhero."

Read the entire article here: http://www.baltimoresun.com/entertainment/arts/bs-ae-arts-story-0125-20130124,0,5285349.story

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Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Marc-Andre Hamelin Ionarts Review

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In a December 16, 2012 post Ionarts critic Jens F. Laurson covers a performance by pianist Marc-Andre Hamelin in a program almost identical to the one he'll play for Shriver Hall Concert Series on January 27, 2012. You can read the full review here and a few excerpts are pasted below:

"The Debussy meanwhile was full of shades and softly subtle tones (Reflets dans l'eau), regal (Hommage à Rameau), and of a seamless rhythmic back-and-forth (Mouvement). L'Isle joyeuse was similarly sumptuous."

"Hamelin still pulls out the crazy virtuoso stuff, tough, as he did after intermission with his own Paganini Variations, a marvelously ridiculous work and just the thing for those who love him for Godowski-Chopin Étude outbreaks and Alkan acrobatics."

http://ionarts.blogspot.com/2012/12/ionarts-at-large-marc-andre-hamelin-at.html

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Monday, November 05, 2012

Europa Galante at Shriver Hall

Posted by: sjacobsohn

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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