Author Archives: Julian Kreeger

Piano Music at the Steinway Piano Gallery in Coral Gables

On Saturday, September 21, 2019, there was a piano recital of considerable interest at the Steinway Piano Gallery in Coral Gables, Florida, made possible by the Steinway Piano Gallery’s owner, Kenneth Silva. Albanian pianist Redi Llupa, who has been a guest artist and lecturer at the Eastman School of Music, primarily known for his performances of contemporary repertoire opened with an impressive performance of Beethoven’s Tempest Sonata, Op. 31, No. 2

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Archived in these categories: Piano


Pianist Stephen Hough

Stephen Hough

Stephen Hough appeared in a piano recital at Temple Beth Am in Miami on
Sunday March 31, 2019. Hough is a fascinating intellectual who not only has an extraordinarily vast piano repertoire but is also a composer and published novelist.

The program he chose for his recital in Miami was most interesting in several respects. For many years it has not been fashionable to play transcriptions in recitals. However, since in recent years transcriptions have come back into fashion, we were not surprised that Hough chose to begin with Busoni’s great transcription of the Chaconne from Bach’s Partita in D minor for solo violin. Unlike the Brahms transcription of the Chaconne, which is for left hand alone, Busoni’s is for both hands and in its complexity presents even more formidable technical and musical difficulties for the performer. Hough’s performance exhibited extraordinary technical mastery and made us enjoy the amazing sonorities created in the transcription of this work from solo violin to solo piano.

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Archived in these categories: 21st Century, Baroque, Piano


Borodin Quartet in Miami

Borodin Quartet

On Tuesday March 19, 2019, the Borodin Quartet played a program of works by Miaskovsky, Haydn, and Borodin at Coral Gables Congregational Church in Miami. Over the years, many of Russia’s most famous musicians have played in the Borodin Quartet, Russia’s most famous quartet, which will celebrate its 75th Anniversary next season. Among the great Russian musicians who played in the quartet have been violist Rudolf Barshai (1945 -1953), Mstislav Rostropovich (1945), the Borodin’s original first cellist, who was succeeded by the legendary cellist Valentin Berlinsky who was then the quartet’s cellist for over 60 years.

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Archived in these categories: 20th Century, Chamber music


Benjamin Grosvenor in Miami

Benjamin Grosvenor

On Tuesday March 5, 2019, Benjamin Grosvenor gave a remarkable recital
to a a very enthusiastic audience in Miami. Although still in his mid-twenties, Grosvenor has developed a large, enthusiastic following of sophicaticated pianophiles in Miami since his first recital at age 17. Grosvenor, who had met the late Ivan Davis when he first played in Miami, remarked that Davis had encouraged him to play more Schumann. As a tribute to Davis, Grosvenor played Schumann’s Blumenstücke and Kreisleriana in the first half and ended the recital with Liszt’s Norma Paraphrase, for which Davis had made a legendary recording.

Unlike many pianists, Grovenor’s programs are fascinatingly balanced
with a wide range of repertoire. On this occasion, the program ranged
from the Schumann to a Janacek Sonata, excerpts from Prokofiev’s
Vision Fugitives and Liszt’s Norma Paraphrase.

The Kreisleriana in the first half of the recital was reminiscent of
an unforgetable Kreisleriana that Horowitz played at Carnegie
Hall in November 1968, while his stunning rendition of Liszt’s
Reminiscences de Norman was the most memorable since Davis over 30
years ago. The audience exploded with enthusiasm!

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Archived in these categories: 20th Century, Piano, Romantic Era


Yoel Levi Conducts Israel Philharmonic in Miami

Yoel Levi

On February 6, 2019, Yoel Levi conducted the Israel Philharmonic
at Miami’s Arsht Center. The program consisted of Schubert’s Third
Symphony and the Bruckner Seventh Symphony. The featured work, Bruckner’s Seventh Symphony, written between 1881 and 1883, was played after intermission. It is a work of gigantic dimensions, fullness of sound and richly complex harmony.

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Archived in these categories: Classical Era, Orchestral, Romantic Era