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.
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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.”
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.
Canadian pianist Jan Lisiecki is releasing a new album which features the works for piano and orchestra by Frederic Chopin. Lisiecki was born to Polish parents in Canada in 1995. He began piano lessons at the age of five and made his concerto debut four years later.
Wu Man is recognized as the world’s premier pipa virtuoso and is a leading ambassador of Chinese music. Her career as a soloist, educator and composer has given her “lute-like” instrument a new role in both traditional and contemporary music.
Carl Maria von Weber is known as the “founder” of German Romantic opera, influencing many later composers like Richard Wagner. He made his biggest impact with “Der Freischutz,” which premiered in 1821. The Virginia Opera will perform “Der Freischutz” in Richmond this weekend at the Carpenter Theatre. The shows are tonight (Friday 2/17) at 8:00 p.m and Sunday afternoon at 3:00 p.m.
NPR describes Jason Vieaux as “perhaps the most precise and soulful classical guitarist of his generation.” I’ve spoken with him multiple times about his recent CD releases and it was a pleasure to have him live in the studio.