Monday, April 16, 2012

Read Tim Smith’s review of this weekend’s performance by the Takacs Quartet

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Takacs Quartet reconfirms its stature in Shriver Hall concert

The Takacs Quartet first came to attention in Budapest more than 30 years ago and quickly earned a prominent place in the chamber music world.

A few personnel changes over the decades have done nothing to diminish the quality and stature of the ensemble, currently based at the University of Colorado in Boulder.

That point was driven home Sunday evening in an appearance for the Shriver Hall Concert Series.

At the start of the program, the players dug into the Debussy quartet with a dark sound and, in the score's more animated movements, a muscular articulation that drew out the music's inner strength.

Janacek's brilliant Quartet No. 1, nicknamed the "Kreutzer Sonata" after Tolstoy's story of love and jealousy, inspired a taut, superbly articulated account from the Takacs group.

The occasion also provided first violinist Edward Dusinberre an opportunity to demonstrate his … 

considerable gift for musical stand-up -- OK, he sat down while he introduced Janacek's challenging work, but the effect was the same. The fiddler's delivery had a seasoned entertainer's charm and timing.

Beethoven's Op. 131 could not help but seem even more adventurous and forward-thinking after the Debussy and Janacek pieces. The players delivered the seven-movement score in a cohesive, thoroughly absorbing sweep, finding rich character and myriad nuances of tone and dynamics at every turn.

PHOTO BY ELLEN APPEL

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Wednesday, March 21, 2012

2012-13 Season Announced!

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Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Read Tim Smith's Review of Richard Goode's Recital

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From The Baltimore Sun’s Tim Smith:

http://weblogs.baltimoresun.com/entertainment/classicalmusic/2012/03/satisfying_sonic_sunday_bso_wi.html

Satisfying sonic Sunday: BSO with Belohlavek, Richard Goode at Shriver Hall

On Sunday afternoon, I took in a couple of highly satisfying performances.

“After the BSO, it was time for the Shriver Hall Concert Series and a typically eloquent recital by Richard Goode.

The pianist, who hummed along at times (well, I hope that's where the humming emanated from), began with two dramatic Mozart items -- the C minor Fantasie and C minor Sonata, which were linked together to make an even richer statement.

Although Goode had the music in front of him, he sounded thoroughly at home. The playing had a strong dynamic edge that pointed up how much Mozart was pushing the keyboard of his day, paving the way for Beethoven to push it further.

This, naturally, helped connect the Mozart pieces to the next work, Beethoven's Sonata No. 18, which Goode (now from memory) played the heck out of. The dashing Scherzo and witty finale were dispatched with particular brilliance.

Chopin was the focus after intermission. Where some pianists tend to bring out the softer side of the composer's music and others the muscular, Goode managed to honor both. Although he rushed through some waltzes, he still managed to produce lovely touches. Most impressive was his handling of the C-sharp minor Scherzo, marked by understated virtuosity and poetic richness.

I loved, too, Goode's encores -- Chopin's C major Mazurka (Op. 24, No. 2), with its piquant twists and turns; and Schumann's "Traumerei," phrased with effortless grace.”

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Tuesday, March 20, 2012

WBJC Review of Richard Goode's Recital

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From

http://www.wbjc.com/2012/host-blogs/coming-to-grips-with-the-composers-central-thought/

“Coming to grips with the composer’s central thought”

By Judith Krummeck | Posted in Host Blogs | 2 Comments

You can tell when the big guns come to town by who is in the audience. I saw Leon Fleisher walking up aisle at Shriver Hall yesterday evening during the intermission of Richard Goode’s recital. It’s been a couple of decades since Goode played on the Shriver Hall Concert Series, and it was certainly wonderful to welcome him back. He must be nudging 70 by now but the marvelous thing about pianists is that, like wine, they tend to age well.

Goode did an [...]

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Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Winterreise Review

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Many thanks to Baltimore Sun critic Tim Smith for this review of the performance of Winterreise by baritone Wolfgang Holzmair and pianist Russell Ryan. Now it’s your turn – tell us what you thought of the performance!

http://weblogs.baltimoresun.com/entertainment/classicalmusic/2012/02/wolfgang_holzmair_offers_inten.html

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