Author Archives: Julian Kreeger

Pianist Vadym Kholodenko in Miami Recital

Vadym Kholodenko

On Friday November 8, 2019, Vadym Kholodenko, Winner of the Gold medal at the 2013 Van Cliburn Competition, played an utterly spectacular piano recital at Florida International University’s Wertheim Concert Hall in Miami.

The first half of the recital was devoted to works of Mozart and Beethoven — Mozart’s Fantasia in C Minor, K.475, Beethoven’s Seven Bagatelles, Op. 33 and Rondo a Capriccio,Op.129 (“Rage Over a Lost Penny”). His remarkable range of expressive color and dynamics brought the audience to its feet  with a standing ovation.

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Archived in these categories: Piano, Romantic Era

Tezlaff & Vogt play Violin & Piano Recital in Miami

Christian Tetzlaff and Lars Vogt

On Thursday, October 24, 2019, Christian Tetzlaff and Lars Vogt played
their first Miami Violin-piano recital program at the Wertheim Concert
Hall at Florida International University. The program opened with Beethoven’s Violin Sonata No. 6 in A, Op. 30, No. 1. Although Beethoven was famous for his piano playing in Vienna, he was not known as a violinist, although his violin sonata showed the influence of his violin study with Ignaz Schuppanzigh, a quartet leader whom Beethoven admired.

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Archived in these categories: Chamber music, Classical Era, Romantic Era

Viola Visions in Miami

At the New World Center in Miami Beach on October 19, 2019, Michael Tilson Thomas and the New World Symphony presented a fascinating series of programs entitled Viola Visions. The last of the concerts, “NEW CLASSIC VIOLA,” featured three of the world’s greatest violists playing a range of new works highlighting new directions and new perceptions of what the instrument can really accomplish. It featured Roberto Diaz, Cynthia Phelps, and Tabea Zimmermann.

The program opened with Roberto Diaz, formerly Principal Viola of the Philadelphia Orchestra and now President and CEO of Curtis Institute. Diaz performed Pulitzer Prize winning composer Jennifer Higdon’s Viola Concerto (2014), commissioned by the Library of congress in honor of the late Elizabeth Sprague Coolidge and celebration of the 90th anniversary of the Library’s concert series.

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Archived in these categories: Romantic Era, Strings

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