March 14, 2013 |
Glowing reports hold true. The Trio Con Brio Copenhagen clearly occupies a lofty perch in today's musical scene. On Tuesday, the ensemble (violinist Soo-Jin Hong, cellist Mathias Beyer-Karlshoj and pianist Jens Elvekjaer) helped skyrocket the Kennedy Center's Nordic Cool festival toward its Sunday finish line with a concert of exquisitely wrought music at the center's Terrace Theater. Ravel's ravishing Piano Trio followed a pair of evocative, fantasy-propelled works by Denmark's Bent Sorensen and Per Norgard.
February 24, 2013 |
Saturday's sold-out matinee at the Atlas Intersections Festival featured a classical piano trio, an a cappella ensemble and an indie pop band. The show was called "Voice(s)," and it was, ostensibly, not a local music variety show but a dance performance. "This is our biggest collaboration yet," Tiffany Haughn, artistic director of DancEthos, told the full house in the Lang Theatre. There were 42 performers in total, and the collaborations, it must be said, were more impressive than...
February 10, 2013 |
Sequestration, furloughs and other horrors: Washington's specific fears and the nation's general unease took shape in a dance by Mark Morris called "The Office. " Of course, that's just one way to look at the piece, performed this weekend by the Mark Morris Dance Group at George Mason University Center for the Arts. Its power was in its ambiguity. Dressed in small-town ordinariness, its dancers circled and snaked through spare, open folk-dance steps, answering the bittersweet but irresistible call of...
December 3, 2012 |
They were squeezing chairs into every last inch of the Music Room at the Phillips Collection on Sunday, and little wonder: Three of Russia's most spectacular young soloists had teamed up for an afternoon of mostly-Russian music, and it promised to be an extraordinary afternoon, steeped in the kind of magnificent tragedy that Russians do best. And, in fact, it was: From the first hushed notes of Rachmaninoff's "Trio élégiaque," No. 1, to the almost ecstatic despair of Tchaikovsky's Trio in A Minor,...
May 4, 2012 |
The Morgenstern Trio gave a smashing debut Thursday evening at the Kennedy Center's Terrace Theater. Formed in 2005 at an obscure (to us) music school in Germany — the Folkwang Academy — and studying under mentors most of whose names ring no bells, the trio has nonetheless attained a world-class level. In works by Ravel, Bernstein and Brahms, the group displayed a unanimity, polished technique and musical imagination that I thought had vanished from the scene with the demise of...
January 22, 2012 |
Does it take a village to raise a cellist? Steven Honigberg — a highly regarded member of the National Symphony Orchestra's cello section — might well agree. In an intriguing and deeply personal recital Saturday at Georgetown's Dumbarton Church, Honigberg presented an evening of music that reflected the varied influences other cellists have had on his path, from mentors Maurice Gendron and Mstislav Rostropovich to performer-composers such as Marin Marais and Gaspar Cassado. The result was an unabashedly...