Music Review: Grand opening for Chandler festivalBy Jim Lowe
RANDOLPH — Saturday’s Central Vermont Chamber Music Festival opening concert was about as good as one is likely to hear in Vermont — which means anywhere in the world.
Celebrating its 22nd year at Chandler Music Hall, the two-week New York-based chamber music festival opened with three masterpieces, expertly and beautifully played. The major work was Czech composer Bedrich Smetana’s Piano Trio in g minor, Opus 15. The Bohemian-flavored 1855 work rambles beautifully, mixing passion with pathos, in the mid-Romantic tradition.
Pianist Jung Lin, violinist Arturo Delmoni and cellist Peter Sanders, the festival’s founder and artistic director, delivered an expert, virtuosic and passionate performance — with plenty of tenderness as well. The Taiwan-born Juilliard-trained Lin played with an attractive mix of power and clarity, delivering the quietly lyrical passages poetically.
Delmoni, one of New York’s finest virtuoso violinists, played deftly with a warm lyricism, while Sanders matched the violinist all the way. The three played with great sensitivity, expressing the rich passion of the work as well as its deep lyricism.
Sanders and Lin were featured in Sergei Rachmaninoff’s monumental Sonata in g minor, Opus 19, for cello and piano. Sanders played with warmth, passion and virtuosity, complemented by Lin’s rhapsodic performance, again mixing clarity and power. Although there were a few moments of lost momentum in the final Presto, the slow movement, Andante, was sheer poetry.
Delmoni, accompanied by Lin, opened the program with a great favorite of the virtuoso violin literature. Giuseppe Tartini’s “Devil’s Trill” Sonata (in g minor for violin and continuo) is a brilliant Baroque showpiece. Delmoni played with a warmth and lyricism seldom heard these days, and his virtuosic passages were crisp and deft. It was a deeply satisfying, exciting performance.
Vermont has some of the best chamber music concerts heard anywhere in the world, and the Central Vermont Chamber Music Festival produces some of the best in the state. And this was one.
Central Vermont Chamber Music Festival
n Thursday: Open rehearsal, free, 7 p.m.
n Friday: Friday Night at the Gallery, donation, 7 p.m.
n Saturday: Special Concert for Kids, $6, 7 p.m.
n Sunday: “Quartets, more or less …,” $25, 4 p.m.
Performances are at Chandler Music Hall, 71-73 Main St. in Randolph, except where indicated. Free tickets are made available to students 18 and younger through a grant. For tickets or information, call 728-6464, or go online to cvcmf.org.MORE IN Central Vermont
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