|Barbara Govatos and Marcantonio Barone|
The theme of the first evening of the Delaware Chamber Music Festival was Classical Influences. The Poulenc Sonata for flute and piano, Opus 164 may seem at first to be an incongruous fit for the Mozart and Beethoven, but the extremely soft dynamics of Ms. Guidetti’s flute in the Cantilena movement evoked the quiet of the second movement of Bach’s Italian Concerto. The Presto giocoso cleared any lingering baroque feeling as the duo gave a brilliant rendition of the modern, dance-like movement.
The Mozart Piano quartet in G minor, K 478 was played with twenty-first century vigor – sometimes letting the modern piano dominate with the sudden fortes. Yet Mr. Barone made the piano sing the theme of the second half of the first movement and Ms. Lee’s cello lines could be clearly heard as his accompaniment. The vocal quality of the high notes of Che Hung Chen’s viola – especially in the Rondeau movement, was delightful.
The classical beginnings of the Festival will make way for
romantic and even blues influences on Sunday, June 16 when the Pyxis Piano Quartet
joins the Festival. The quartet will
also play a Delaware premiere by composer Kathryn Mishell, the winner of the
2010 Sylvia Glickman prize of the International Alliance for Women of Music. On Friday, June 21, Christian Taggart will be
a featured guest playing the Paganini Cantabile
for violin and guitar, the Sonata
concertante for violin and guitar and some Piazzola. There will also be a fest of romantic trios
played by Marcantonio Barone, Clancy Newman and Barbara Govatos.
|Pyxis rehearses with Barbara Govatos|
The Festival will present a fourth and final concert with a Delaware premiere: String Quartet No. 2 by local composer Ingrid Arauco. The theme Chip off the old Bach and the Bach Duet for violin and viola in C minor, the Mozart Adagio and Fugue in C minor and the Mendelssohn String Quintet in B-flat Major hint that Ms. Arauco’s string quartet will also be a classically structured piece.
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