Celebrating Mendelssohn with Piano Music

Celebrating Mendelssohn’s Birthday with Piano Recordings   February 3rd is Felix Mendelssohn’s birthday. To celebrate, here are two reviews of recent recordings of piano music by the composer. Felix Mendelssohn Complete Music for Solo Piano, Vol. 6 Hyperion CD Howard Shelley   Pianist Howard Shelley has been making his way through the compendious catalog ofContinue reading “Celebrating Mendelssohn with Piano Music”

Juilliard SQ premieres Davidovsky’s 6th Quartet

Last night I heard the latest incarnation of the Juilliard String Quartet in recital at Alice Tully Hall. The program included performances of Mendelssohn’s first String Quartet and the juggernaut that is Beethoven’s Op. 130 with the Grosse Fuge finale, both pieces performed with suavity rather than abundant risk-taking. The highlight was the quartet’s New York premiere of Mario Davidovsky’s Sixth StringContinue reading “Juilliard SQ premieres Davidovsky’s 6th Quartet”

Danish Piano Trio at Carnegie Hall (Concerts)

Photo: THOMAS GRØNDAHL This Thursday at 8 PM, the Danish Piano Trio will make their US recital debut at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall. The group – Katrine Gislinge, piano, Toke Møldrup, cello, and Lars Bjørnkjær, violin – will present piano trios by Niels Gade and Felix Mendelssohn (one of my personal favorite chamberContinue reading “Danish Piano Trio at Carnegie Hall (Concerts)”