Articles by Mike Goldberg
Pianist Jan Lisiecki’s new release “Chopin: Works for Piano and Orchestra” features pieces in the so-called “brilliant style,” a form of virtuosic pianism cultivated in the early 1800s by some of the leading performer-composers of the day. During his formative years in Warsaw, Chopin applied the style to such works for piano and orchestra as the Grande Polonaise Brillante (Op.22) and Rondo à la Krakowiak in F major (Op.14).
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.”
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.