BILL NEWMAN has been to the 2001 Spoleto Festival
and reports on his impressions of the surroundings,
local artists and international music-making
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To systematically go through each concert would prove an awesome task.
Better to try and convey the different artist personalities through their
own performances or the matching of styles with others to discover those
extra musical results.
Jeremy Denk is a lyrical player with an obviously wide repertoire -- I
never saw him without a manuscript, on or off the platform. He had much
of the performing responsibilities, and shone out as a real inspiration
to the rest as partner in sonatas, songs and other music, like Martinu's
Flute and Piano Sonata with Paula Robison, Mozart's Andante and Five
Variations K501 and Sonata in D K448, and in Stravinsky's Rite of
Spring with Jonathan Biss. Schumann's Fantasiestücke and
Chopin's Sonata in B minor were fundamentally musical, although he was aware
that certain details went better during rehearsal.
Jonathan Biss is a very strong player in the classical mould, quite superb
in Mozart's transcription of his Violin and Piano Sonata in B flat with
Needleman, and Brahms' Quintet Op 34 with Fain, Cerovsek, Huang and Kim.
Very exciting in Beethoven's Appassionata Sonata (although slightly
wanting in subtlety during the second and third movements), and excellent
in both Debussy's Estampes and Schumann's Nachtstücke.
Copyright © 18 December 2001
Bill Newman, Edgware, UK
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