Horszowski Trio at the Trianon Theater in San Jose

The San Jose Chamber Music Society presented a superb concert of the Horszowski Trio on November 12 at the Trianon Theater in San Jose. The program leaned heavily on the early Romantic period with trios by Schumann and Mendelssohn. But the central work was the world premiere of Night Migrations by Lisbon-born Andreia Pinto-Correia, commissioned by Chamber Music America for the Horszowski Trio. Read full story

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Puccini’s La Rondine at Opera San Jose

Giacomo Puccini

The road not taken: Puccini’s “La Rondine,”(The Swallow) runs through November 26th at Opera San Jose. Puccini was a master at weaving a tragic story with his haunting arias of sadness and longing, and his ‘La Rondine’ is no different.’The Swallow,’ takes place in France and is the impassioned love story of Magda, a mistress of her keeper Rambaldo, who sings of love before money with her poet friend, Prunier as a newcomer, Ruggero, arrives at Rambaldo’s salon. Later that night, in a move to disguise herself, Magda goes out on the town dressed as a commoner and finds Ruggero at the same venue. After dancing, they see the maid with Prunier and they try to hide. Ruggero is whisked away and Magda, Prunier and the maid toast to love as Rambaldo arrives at the same nightclub. Magda declares her love for another and refuses to come home, so Rambaldo retreats. Read full story

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Pianist Nikolai Lugansky

On Thursday, November 2nd, pianist Nikolai Lugansky played a recital in Miami, Florida. Over the years, I have had the privilege of hearing the seven Richter recitals in Carnegie Hall in 1960, the ten Rubinstein recitals in1961, Horowitz in November 1968 as well as producing recordings with Leonard Shure, Lazar Berman, Earl Wild, Nelson Freire, David Bar-Illan, Ivan Davis, Joseph Kalichstein and Seymour Lipkin, among others.

A few years previously, Lugansky was playing a recital the night that “Hurricane Sandy” was passing through Miami. As he was performing the last movement of the Rachmaninoff Second Sonata, the lights went out and the entire hall went totally dark – Lugansky didn’t miss a single note! Read full story

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The Eternal Feminine: A Concert by Symphony Silicon Valley

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Mayuko Kamio

Two talented musicians, each a master of her trade, graced the California Theatre Saturday, October 21, in a fine concert by Symphony Silicon Valley. Taiwanese conductor Mei-Ann Chen led music by Dvorak, Khachaturian and Brahms that had verve and elastic energy, supported by violin soloist Mayuko Kamio, gold medalist of the 2007 International Tchaikovsky Competition. The high spirits of the evening found welcome expression in two encores, each performed by the respective artists: Kamio performed the unaccompanied Caprice No. 24 from Paganini’s Op. 1, that in A Minor, the very inspiration of compositions by Liszt, Brahms, Lutoslawski, and Rachmaninov. After an absolutely rousing ovation following an expansive performance of the Brahms Third Symphony, conductor Chen and her responsive, enthusiastic Symphony Silicon Valley performed the complement of the Dvorak Slavonic Dances, the famous Brahms Hungarian Dance No. 5 in G Minor, in the Martin Schmeling arrangement. Read full story

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Pianist Orion Weiss Opens Carmel Music Society’s New Season

Yesterday afternoon pianist Orion Weiss opened the Carmel Music Society’s 2017-2018 season with an absorbing and tremendously satisfying piano recital. It was not so much his virtuosity that impressed us, but rather that his playing was so natural and inevitable that his virtuosity totally served the music, brought out the best in it, and in the process took us on an amazing journey. Read full story

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