Alisa Weilerstein and Inon Barnatan: A Deeply Expressive Partnership

Alisa Weilerstein (cello), Inon Barnatan (piano), Kennedy Center Terrace Theater

Cellist Alisa Weilerstein and pianist Inon Barnatan have forged an extraordinarily sympathetic collaboration that has genuine chemistry. In a remarkable recital Sunday night presented by the Washington Performing Arts Society at the Kennedy Center’s Terrace Theater, the duo performed a program of Debussy, Schubert, Shostakovich and Rachmaninoff that offered deeply expressive, highly intuitive music-making.  The pair transcended the traditional roles of soloist and accompanist and instead offered a partnership of two equals in keen musical dialogue…

Read the full review here (Washington Post, January 20, 2014).

Denk’s Mischievous Mozart

Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Nicholas McGegan (conductor), Jeremy Denk (piano), Music Center at Strathmore

In Mozart’s day, virtuoso composers ruled the musical roost. Artistic creation went beyond mere composition to encompass the public display of new works in live performances. At the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra’s concert Thursday night at Strathmore, pianist Jeremy Denk evoked the spontaneity and sense of discovery of those occasions with a scintillating account of Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 25 in C…

Read the full review here (Washington Post, January 17, 2014).

Photo by Michael Wilson
Photo by Michael Wilson

David Greilsammer’s “Scarlatti: Cage” Experiment

David Greilsammer (piano), Kennedy Center Terrace Theater

David Greilsammer’s Washington debut was no ordinary concert. But Greilsammer is no ordinary pianist. Reflecting a ­hyper-inquisitive mind and a developed taste for the novel, his solo recital Saturday afternoon offered adventure and eccentricity in equal measure.

The concert, presented by the Washington Performing Arts Society at the Kennedy Center’s Terrace Theater, bore the avant-gardish title “Scarlatti: Cage: Sonatas.”…

Read the full review here (Washington Post, January 12, 2014).

Photo by Julien Mignot
Photo by Julien Mignot