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When comparing Corey Cerovsek and Timothy Fain, the considerable contrast
between their styles merged together perfectly on the occasions when they
There is always this eternal fascination about performers that provides
the equivalent of 'the iceing on the cake' relating to the repertory they
prepare so consistently. Corey and Timothy both have natural outgoing personalities.
They like to exchange news and views about other older performers -- both
expressing an admiration for Szigeti and Stern, for instance -- but there
is a very real merging of tonal forces with other players in Quartets and
Quintets by Chausson and Franck, Moszkowski's Suite, Prokofiev's Two-violin
Sonata, and likewise in Faure's song cycle La Bonne Chanson.
Their stature as solo artists is more clearly contrasted in chosen repertoire.
I was very impressed comparing Tim's detailed accuracy in Pierre Boulez'
Anthemes -- a very exacting extension of the instrument's expressive
range, and Fauré's delectable First Sonata. Corey's perfectly-in-tune,
sweetly singing phrasing continually singled him out as a natural in Josef
Suk's four fiendishly virtuosic pieces, a group of Kreisler sweet meats
and chosen chamber masterpieces including the violin. Does he always look
so radiantly happy while at work?
Copyright © 18 December 2001
Bill Newman, Edgware, UK
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