[email protected] – Risen from the Tomb

The [email protected] Focus series launched a most successful concert of Russian music – that of Shostakovich and Tchaikovsky – Saturday, November 8, graced by the presence of a host of gifted musicians, perhaps first among them pianist Ignat Solzhenitsyn, son of the  internationally distinguished author, Alexander Solzhenitsyn. Under the rubric “Art Under a Tombstone,” the concert, accompanied by a lecture the night preceding, meant to revive the Russian sense of spiritual authenticity after years of political and cultural repression by the Soviet regime.  The program, held at St. Bede’s Episcopal Church, Menlo Park, proffered a wonderfully vibrant Hamburg Steinway for the two featured pianists, Solzhenitsyn and Gloria Chien, to ply their extraordinary gifts. And despite a somewhat dry acoustic in the hall, each of the three works on the program – the Shostakovich Piano Trio in C Minor, Op. 8; the Shostakovich Seven Romances on Poems by Aleksander Blok, Op. 127; and Tchaikovsky’s Piano Trio in A Minor, Op. 50 – achieved a pungent and lyrical illumination that took the modest but thoroughly enthralled audience by storm.

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Archived in these categories: 20th Century, Chamber music, 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


Carmel Chamber Players Debut in Home Concert

Review of Carmel Chamber Players

Nicola Reilly, James Neiman & Janneke Hoogland

            I enjoy walking the beach and enjoy the many trails we have in the Monterey area. Even so, I passed up my afternoon walk on Sunday, October 27, 2019 to attend a wonderful concert. I am so glad I took the time to sit still and experience an afternoon of chamber music by the Carmel Chamber Players. This, incidentally, is the debut appearance of this newly founded group. I joined a small group of guests at the Bronson Piano Studio in Carmel Highlands. Chamber music historically has been played and enjoyed in homes, and the living room studio in the home of Lyn and Renée Bronson is a perfect setting. To listen while viewing the trees behind the pianos is always a joy.

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Archived in these categories: Cello, Chamber music, Piano, Violin


Carmel Presbyterian Community Concert

            Fall has arrived! With the crisp air come favored activities: Enjoying wonderful fruits and vegetables, making pies and jellies and jams, Football games, and Opening Concerts. What Fun! For quite a few years, I supported my children by spending many Friday evenings sitting in Bleachers and cheering. Truth be told, I paid more attention during “Halftime” than “Game time” due to the activities my kids favored. Those were happy Friday evenings for the most part. Now, I’m content to attend a few concerts when the leaves begin to turn fabulous colors.

            To whet my appetite this fall, I chose to attend a Community Concert. Sponsored by Carmel Presbyterian Church, six local musicians gathered Friday, October 4, 2019 to offer a wide variety of music. There were solo pieces along with duets; even a Piano Trio. One of the organists at Carmel Presbyterian, Eun Ha Chung, was the busiest as she played solo pieces on the piano and the organ. She also served as accompanist for most of the other musicians. Eun Ha is a talented pianist. The instruments at Carmel Presbyterian Church were both used to their advantage.

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Archived in these categories: 20th Century, Baroque, Cello, Chamber music, Organ, Piano


Violinist Ilya Kaler & pianist Alon Goldstein open Distinguished Artist Series

Violinist Ilya Kaler
Pianist Alon Goldstein

The 2019-20 The Distinguished Artists Concert Series, founded and directed by John Orlando since 1984, now Emeritus Head of the Piano Department at Cabrillo College, opened this season’s performances with a splendid violin-piano recital at Peace United Church in Santa Cruz on Saturday evening, September 21st. The stunning program, featuring violinist Ilya Kaler and frequent pianist here, Alon Goldstein at the mighty Yamaha CFX concert grand gave a rousing performance “as advertised” –- in a word “sensational.” While Goldstein often deceptively appears as if in a meditative trance, Ilya Kaler strode out with his fiddle in an energetic, forceful stance. Yet the duo performed “as one.”  Kaler is the only violinist to have gold-medalled in all three of these huge international competitions: The Paganini (1981), The Sibelius (1985) and the Tchaikovsky (1986).  He continues to concertize all over the world and is currently on the faculty of the Cleveland Institute. Goldstein also is in demand around the world, and his Festival appearances include not only the Marlboro in Vermont but also the super-exclusive Verbier in the Swiss Alps. 

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Archived in these categories: Baroque, Chamber music, Piano, Romantic Era, Violin