Author Archives: James Neiman

Carmel Bach Festival 2018 — St. Matthew Passion

On Sunday, July 15, the Carmel music community was treated to a stunning performance of Johann Sebastian Bach’s St. Matthew Passion in Carmel’s Sunset Center. Under the direction of conductor Paul Goodwin, the performance on period instruments drew the listener into an authentic celebration of the Passion of Jesus Christ, according to Matthew 26 and 27. Bach worked closely with Christian Friedrich Henrici (Picander) in framing the biblical text with commentary and contemplative prayer. They also collaborated in an effort to restructure the biblical account. The first part of the performance ended at Christ’s arrest in the Garden of Gethsemane, and the second part continued through the traditional remainder of the Passion, ending with the burial of Jesus. Since aim of the composer was to “incite the listeners to devotion” according to his contract with the Leipzig Town Council, the composition was written so as to be appropriate for a Good Friday mass, during which it was premiered in 1727. Last evening’s performance certainly proved that Bach achieved his goals with this work. Read full story

Archived in these categories: Baroque, Carmel Bach Festival


Emil & Nozomi Khudyev in Recital

On Monday, July 2, 2018 Hidden Valley Music Seminars presented an extraordinary family of artists. The Khudyev family, who emigrated to the US from Turkmenistan, has produced a generation of Soviet trained and USA educated master musicians, several of whom gathered Monday night to perform works for clarinet, violin and piano. Emil Khudyev is Associate Principal Clarinetist for the Seattle Symphony, and he was joined on stage by his wife, Nozomi Khudyev, an extraordinary pianist from Japan and a graduate of the Juilliard School, as well as his brother and violinist Farkhad Khudyev, who currently serves as Music Director of the Hidden Valley Orchestra Institute and Youth Music Monterey County. Read full story

Archived in these categories: Chamber music


Carmel Music Society Presents Pianist Jeremy Denk

Our music community was treated to an evening of Mozart, Prokofiev, Beethoven and Schubert by internationally renowned pianist Jeremy Denk. Mr. Denk is an artist of rare depth and sensitivity, and his breathtaking performance closed off another great season for the Carmel Music Society. In his remarks during the performance, Mr. Denk suggested that time and its role in accentuating the compositional structure and interpretation is a theme of artistic interest, and drew, through his exquisite interpretation, lines through all the works leading to Schubert’s masterpiece, his Sonata in B-flat Major, D.960. Read full story

Archived in these categories: 20th Century, Carmel Music Society, Classical Era, Piano, Romantic Era