Tuesday, December 18, 2012
Marc-Andre Hamelin Ionarts Review
Posted by: sjacobsohn
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."
"Goode delved into the eight pieces of Brahms' Op. 76 and extracted their poetry and drama to vivid effect, and did the [...]Read more>
"Just for the record, last Sunday's program by [...]Read more>
"The burnished sound of the ensemble proved as impressive as the incisive phrasing, nowhere more so than in the waltzing second theme [...]Read more>
"The frigid cold may have kept some listeners home, but it did not deter the Jerusalem Quartet from playing at Shriver Hall [...]Read more>
"Audiences are accustomed to stellar musicians and inspired music-making on the Shriver Hall Concert Series, so, in one sense, Sunday evening's [...]Read more>