A promising opener to the season! Lieberman’s new quartet is a very fine, engaging work. I hope to hear it often but alas, probably won’t. What a variety of moods and forms -- from the initial and final mournfulness to the lyrical, the prankish, and the jubilant. And our performers played it with much feeling, sometimes subtle and sometimes passionate. Would that they had given this much of themselves in the Beethoven. I overheard the following exchange. An autumn lily said to a rabbit: “I thought this work was called ‘Serioso’, not ‘Furioso’. My. my, they played it awfully fast. I know there are more notes in some pf these passages than I could make out.” Said the rabbit: ”You kiddin’ me? Fast? That ain’t fast! My friends and I can get through this thing at least thirty seconds faster!” And then he ate the lily. But how about that Shostakovich? The players did not just play it; they revealed it.
Posted: 9/28/14 -- 12:00 am