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Brilliant trumpet work by Oscar Montoya (from Baylor and Rice Universities) and the keenly musical pianism of Ciro Fodere (who holds a Master's degree from Carnegie Mellon University) added spice to Hindemith's acerbic musical fabric.
Above all the string players made Hindemith's deeply intense writing a memorable experience. The soaring tone of violinists Louise Alexander (a graduate of Canada's McGill University and the Cleveland Institute) and Ashoka Thiagarajan (with degrees from the Mannheim Hochschule and the University of Southern California); the richly expressive utterance of violist Jennifer Pluckett (the University of Alabama and the University of Colorado); the darkly lustrous playing of cellist Rebecca Zimmerman (the Cleveland Institute); and the strong underpinning of Matthew Heller (of New England Conservatory and Northwestern University) on double bass provided intense, ravishing performances of Hindemith's marvelous string writing! A bracing, frequently eloquent performance of a difficult work!
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