The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center took to the road in late October with a program involving not a single stringed instrument. Instead, led by the vibrant pianist Jean-Efflam Bavouzet, they concocted a stimulating mix of music for piano and winds by Ligeti, Alberic Magnard, Rimsky-Korsakov, and Poulenc. The unusual mix was warmly received, and when they returned home for a performance at Lincoln Center, the New York Times appreciated especially the Poulenc Sextet, which “burst with jazzy confidence and angular, jaunty rhythms. Moments of lyricism were all the more captivating for being offered without sentimentality. Idiomatic wind solos highlighted the caramel tone of [Radovan] Vlatkovic’s horn, the plangent refinement of [Peter] Kolkay’s bassoon and the pliant sweetness of [Stephen] Taylor’s oboe.” The other musicians were flutist Tara Helen O’Connor and clarinetist Romie de-Guise Langois.
Still available for 16/17 are string sextets (featuring David Finckel); piano quartets of Brahms and Faure; a program featuring the Chausson Concerto for Violin, Piano, and String Quartet (with Wu Han), and a clarinet-centric offering of Bartok, Shostakovich, and Mozart with David Shifrin.
On March 1 and 3, CMS presented a a bold, lush program of Romantic Piano Quartets in Alice Tully Hall, as part of a 12-city tour of North America. A stellar cast, pianist Wu Han, violinist Daniel Hope, violist Paul Neubauer, and cellist David Finckel, unite for Mahler’s Piano Quartet in A minor; Schumann’s Piano Quartet in E-flat major, Op. 47; and Brahms’s Piano Quartet No. 1 in G minor, Op. 25. The extensive, unprecedented tour includes stops in the following cities: Richmond, VA (February 28); New York, NY (March 1 and 3); Chicago and Champaign-Urbana, IL (March 2); Savannah, GA (April 4); Santa Fe, NM (April 6); Toronto (April 8) and Vancouver (April 14), BC; Washington, DC (April 10); Detroit, MI (April 11); Princeton, NJ (April 13); and Costa Mesa, CA (April 15). The ambitious level of CMS touring activity amounts to over 70 concerts annually throughout North America, Europe, and Asia.
To coincide with the tour, the New York performances on March 1 and 3 were captured live on the prestigious Deutsche Grammophon label, masterfully engineered by Grammy Award winner Da-Hong Seeto. The disc will be available on-site at tour venues and the quartet will be on hand to sign copies following performances. The recording will be broadly released in late April.
Violinist Daniel Hope, pianist Wu Han, violist Paul Neubauer,
& cellist David Finckel.