Saturday, June 6, 2009

Andante cantabile

Last night, Clara and I drove to St. Paul for the last of our 2008-2009 season subscription concerts of the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra. The first half of the concert was a wonderful performance—with orchestra, chorus, and actress Maureen Thomas—of Mendelssohn's complete incidental music from A Midsummer Night's Dream. But for me, the highlight of the concert—and one of the highlights of the season—was the performance of Schumann's Piano Quartet in E-flat, op. 47, performed by Jonathan Biss (piano), Ruggero Allifranchini (violin), Maiya Papach (viola), and Ronald Thomas (cello). Here, in a good-quality YouTube version with musicians from Seoul, is the stunning third movement.

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