Sandwiched between Debussy’s charming Children’s Corner and Mahler’s invitation to heaven, Abrahamsen unveiled his piano concerto for left hand. It was certainly a night for stark contrasts in tone and theme.
Chapman University’s new Musco Center for the Arts inaugurated its Distinguished Piano Series with a sophisticated, 50 Shades of Gray Liszt and Scriabin recital by 2013 Van Cliburn Gold Medalist Vadym Kholodenko.
Baráti and Würtz quickly showed their adeptness turning Beethoven’s quick lines into easy gestures. Together, they understand the meaning of the phrase, the weight of good articulation, and the importance of the space between notes.
Suave baritone Stéphane Degout was mood – and word – perfect in the brooding melancholy of Debussy. In perfect collusion with pianist Alain Planès, he was even better in droll fables by Poulenc and Ravel.
As part of the Konzerthaus’ Mittagsmusik (Midday Music) series, young soprano Anna Lucia Richter teamed up this week with one of the greatest living song accompanists, Gerold Huber, to present an extraordinarily varied matinée of songs in the Schubertsaal.
Visually this production fully rendered the opera's atmosphere. The director was good at encompassing the private stories and emotions of the three main characters into a broader context, dominated by Fate.