Thursday, April 27, 2006

Midori Plays Modern

Heard Midori & Robert McDonald give a recital at Herbst of all contemporary composers. A strong performer doing a demanding program. I think Midori is a really special performer in her ability to communicate with an audience. I didn't know any of the pieces, but she made sure I understood them. One of the pieces consisted mostly of the violin playing open-string double-stops really softly, & she even made that sound expressive!

I thought the most interesting piece was an anguished sonata by a Korean composer called Isang Yun. It moves from a piercing climax to an ending played with a mute that fades into silence.

Despite being brought back for 3 curtain calls at the end, Midori did not present an encore.

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