Notes, links on recent concerts


Concert notes, from out and about:

1) Boca Symphonia. I’m intrigued by the programming choices this year from conductor Alexander Platt, not least because he’s scheduled the Violin Concerto of Jonathan Leshnoff, who as a Peabody student won a small composition prize I created in 1993 and have funded since then (it’s since grown, which is nice to see).

Sunday’s concert had a great performance of the Tchaikovsky Concerto by violinist Vadim Gluzman (pictured above), who also played the first movement of the Ysaye Thibaud Sonata. Wonderful playing by a man who knows how to take command of a stage and of a piece, and bring something new to a piece that’s been a concert staple for 130 years. I also liked the Boca take on the Mozart Prague Symphony , and they did a credible job with the Stravinsky Dumbarton Oaks concerto, which really should be scheduled more often. Here’s the review I did.

2) Di Wu. Saw this fine young pianist at the Kravis on Tuesday night, and thought she’d gotten better in the year since I saw her last. Much of this has to do with the all-Ravel program, which offered more opportunities for range and depth than the paraphrases she did on the earlier program.

Here’s my review.

3) Chiara Massini. Took in a brief concert by this Italian harpsichordist who was making her US debut. I also checked out one of her albums afterward, and she’s a strong, interesting player. I didn’t agree with her choices on the Couperin pieces she scheduled, as you’ll see in this review, but I like to see artists taking chances like that even if I don’t think the results were all that persuasive.

More concerts this weekend as the season stays busy just before the holidays, and it will get even busier in January and February.

One thought on “Notes, links on recent concerts”

  1. This sounds interesting and I wonder if there are any videos or audio samples of the performers you mention on the internet.

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