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Aug 25

Vladimir Feltsman Concert Review by Feltsman, Lin, Hoffman and Hoffman

Published in SummerFestPerformance ReviewsArtist News by KBrailean Print 

Last night's concert was the one that I was most looking forward to, and it didn't disappoint. The Chopin piano Ballades played by Vladimir Feltsman were gorgeous. The Arensky, Piano Trio in D Minor, Op. 32, played by Feltsman, Gary Hoffman, cello, and Cho-Liang (Jimmy) Lin, violin, was incredibly moving.  It was my favorite piece in all of SummerFest.

Being "real", I must admit that the piece by Victor Kissine, Partita for Piano, Harp and Strings (1998), was a bit more challenging for me because it was rather heavy. One of my friends said she enjoyed it because she closed her eyes and pictured the movie, an epic drama. I concur!

I had the privilege of mingling with the artists after the concert. Here are some tidbits, paraphrased rather than directly quoted because I, like them, was relaxing and drinking wine rather than taking notes.

Vladimir Feltsman, Cho-Liang Lin, Gary Hoffman and Deborah Hoffman

From left to right:  Vladimir Feltsman, Cho-Liang Lin, Gary Hoffman and Deborah Hoffman

Cho-Liang (Jimmy) Lin  "Oh, thank you, Karen."

CL Note: Said after I told him how beautifully he played the Arensky piece. Always gracious and humble, Lin immediately shifted the focus to something else. Feltsman was also gracious. Gary's reaction was a bit more playful.

Gary Hoffman, with a wry smile, "It wasn't me; it was the cello."

Vladimir Feltsman, later in the evening,  "Maybe we should become a permanent trio: Jimmy, Gary and I. We wouldn't have to talk much. We rehearsed a little of course, but not much. I only made two pencil marks in the score, the ENTIRE score."

Deborah Hoffman, Harpist, "After the Kissine, we all looked at each other, simply glad that we got through it without any catastrophes.  We worked on it really hard. It wasn't difficult technically, but we had to count through the silence. The difficulty is that I could have been counting much faster than the bass player, Chris Hanulik. But, my biggest worry was that I would drop the screwdriver."

CL Note: Hoffman used a screwdriver to strike the harp strings rather than a triangle rod, which was called for in the score, because she couldn't find one. Who knew the trials a musician goes through!


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