The Cypress String Quartet recently celebrated their 20th anniversary and this is their “final” recording together. They are joined by longtime collaborators Barry Shiffman (viola) and Zuill Bailey (cello). The performances of the Brahms String Sextets were recorded before a live studio audience at Skywalker Sound in California.
Pianist Maurizio Pollini presents some of the later works by Frederic Chopin. These include Op. 59 through Op. 64, written between 1845 and 1849. Richard Morrison from The London Times states “Pollini’s approach is elegant rather than flamboyant but turbulence lurks beneath the surface . . . Without tearing apart the fabric, he is constantly underlining elements that destabilize: chromatic meandering, disruptive trills, the tension between lyricism and meter. Fascinating, and the virtuosity is still there.”
Pianist Víkingur Ólafsson pays tribute to the master of minimal music, Philip Glass, who recently turned 80 years old. Described by The New York Times as a “splendid pianist” and by Piano News as an “immense talent,” Ólafsson is much sought-after by international conductors, orchestras and artists as both a chamber and concert musician. In addition to the Etudes for solo piano, the album includes reworks of the originals for piano and string quartet.
Virginia Repertory Theatre opens the World Premiere of “The End of War” by Richmond native David L. Robbins this weekend at the Sara Belle and Neil November Theatre. The play is set in Berlin during the final days of World War II and examines the fears and atrocities of war from the perspective of a brilliant young cellist, her mother who is harboring one of the city's last Jews, and two Red Army soldiers fighting their way through the Eastern front.