Thursday, July 09, 2009

Chamber Music Festival. Second night.

The recital that started the evening was an outstanding display of violin virtuosity by Augustin Hadelich. He played two fantasies by G.F. Telemann and followed that with a Paganini Caprice and a fantastic sonata by Eugène Ysaÿe. (1858-1931, Belgian violinist conductor and composer)
This crowd is more than sophisticated enough to refrain from applauding between movements but did so anyway, spontaneously, just because Mr. Hadelich played this piece so well.
We were somewhat embarrassed by this outburst, but sometimes it is appropriate.

The main part of the evening's entertainment started off with Felix Mendelssohn's Trio for violin, cello and piano. A typical bit of perfectly constructed music by F.M. enjoyable enough I guess.

After which we were taken back to the movable feast of between war Paris with Darius Milhaud's "La Creation du Monde" replete with Le Jazz Hot riffs, with a fine nose of blue scale aromas and hints of George Gershwin and the Apollo.

After the intermission, I got lost in Dvorak's trio for violin, cello, and piano "Dumky" "dumky" is the plural of "dumka", which are folk songs of the region in an eastern, or Gypsy, or Jewish scale. Kind of melancholic, one of my favorite sounds along with the blues scale.
But there was too much of it and my blood sugar was running low so, even though I loved the music, I heard too many places where it would have been a good place to stop.

Which it eventually did.

Like this post will do now.

A much better review written by R.M Campbell may be found on the following link.

Gathering note

Thanks are due to Steven Lowe for the informative program notes.

Next show for us will be Monday.

My apologies to Mr. Dvorak for the lack of diacritical marks in his name, but my HTML chart doesn't list them.

I've linked Gathering Note so you can go there any time you're here and find out what's happening on the music scene hereabouts.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hallo, Lane!
Many of those who prematurely applauded Herr Hadelich's performance did so because they mistakenly thought the work piece was finished, not because the performasnce was sooooo great.
Yes, the Mendelssohn was enjoyable, thanks in large part to Jeremy Denk's contribution.
A very BIG "THANKS" to you for citing R.M. Campbell's new means of sharing his wealth of knowledge and insights, now that the P-I no longer has ANY coverage of classical musi, even "on-line"!! He can be read @ -- well worth reading!!!

4:06 PM  
Blogger Jannie Funster said...

Sounds like a festive eve indeed.

I too am a fan of gypsy melancholy in scale. Fan of most scales. Execept the Milolydian mode, I break out in a rash on my forearms whilst so listening sometimes.

1:25 PM  

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