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PRESS ACCLAIM

 

PRESS EXCERPTS

 

"While many orchestras, concert series and opera companies across the U.S.—from the New York City Opera to the Syracuse Symphony—have reduced their presence or shut down entirely, the venerable Chamber Music Society has been expanding its activities at a dizzying pace. Since taking over the organization in 2004, the husband and wife team of cellist David Finckel and pianist Wu Han has forged it into an unstoppable entity—an exploding star in the musical firmament. Its directors seem incapable of anything but success."
—Wall Street Journal

 

 

"An unmissable event.  A rare opportunity to hear an unusual and absorbing program. It was performed with all the vitality, incisive attention to detail and spontaneity one has come to associate with the Chamber Music Society brand."

--Chicago Tribune

 

 

"The evidence seemed clear: what the cellist David Finckel and the pianist Wu Han, the society’s artistic directors since 2004, have achieved with their hands-on approach to blending standard, unusual and new repertory, played by a mix of familiar and emerging performers, has connected with a large, enthusiastic constituency."
--The New York Times

 

“The great joy of the society’s concerts is the interaction of up-and-coming musicians with established ones.”
--The New York Times

 

“Cathartic drama, at once intimate, scalding, and grand.”
--New York Magazine in naming this CMS program as one of the Top Ten Classical Music  Events of 2012

 

“An intense, compelling performance.”
--The New York Times

 

“A New York powerhouse.”
--Chicago Magazine

 

“This program provided yet more evidence of how much the Society has been reinvigorated and strengthened under the nine-year artistic leadership of the indefatigable husband-and-wife team, cellist David Finckel and pianist Wu Han.”
--Chicago Sun Times

 

“Intensely committed performances.”
--The New York Times

 

“The interpretations, like the scores, were tender and monumental, steamy and chiseled in stone.”
--New York Magazine

 

“The concert offered sublime moments of breathtaking beauty.”
--The Boston Music Intelligencer

 

REVIEWS FROM RECENT SEASONS AT LINCOLN CENTER’S ALICE TULLY HALL


"[The Chamber Music Society] is one of the world’s foremost ensembles.” -Star-Ledger

"A crackling force field permeated Alice Tully Hall… thickening throughout the evening so that by the end, you could almost feel your skin tingling." -Newsday, New York, NY

 

"The sound of the ensemble was superb. The blending made me think of one hydra-headed instrument." -The New York Sun, New York, NY

 

"…as part of The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center series, we were treated to a fine performance of the [Brahms Clarinet] trio. The concert also highlighted three young performers worthy of special note: pianist Benjamin Hochman, cellist Clancy Newman, and clarinetist Alexander Fiterstein… This was Brahms playing of the most lyrical kind." -The New York Sun, New York, NY

 

"..it would be hard to think of a cello and piano duo [David Finckel and Wu Han] that plays with greater precision, nuance and fire." -The New York Times, New York, NY

 

"As the level of playing suggested, Chamber Music Society Two is clearly an important program." -The New York Times, New York, NY

 

AND FROM ACROSS THE COUNTRY


"It would be hard to name more superior proponents of their instruments than the members of The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center…" -Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Pittsburgh, PA

 

"The Chamber Music Society … reminded us of why the ensemble is considered a jewel in this nation’s musical crown." -Lawrence Journal-World, Lawrence, KS

 

"What the New York Philharmonic is to symphonic music, what the Metropolitan Opera is to opera, the Chamber Music Society is to chamber music." "The chamber music repertoire is as deep as symphonic music or opera. It’s as rich as any other genre." -Aspen Times, Aspen, CO

 

"An exquisitely perfect program in every respect. They excelled in choice of repertoire, musicianship and presentation." -The News-Gazette, Champaign, IL


"…performed with eloquent precision, leaving a memorable impression." -Edmond Live & Leisure, Edmond, OK

 

"…a marvelous ensemble….” “…committed and passionate…." -San Francisco Classical Voice, CA

 

"…delivered with the genteel gloss synonymous with Lincoln Center…." "…a broad-beamed, committed reading…." "…performed with loving attention…." -San Francisco Chronicle, CA

 

"…an electrifying performance…." -Orange County Register, Costa Mesa, CA

 

"…absolutely fabulous…." "They play like angels and aren’t afraid to be unstuffy…." -The Vancouver Sun, BC