Saturday, May 05, 2007
A concert review
What a show! The program started with a dark piece by Sibelius, which gave Wilson plenty of opportunity to display his cello's range and emotion. Then a Brahms sonata. This segued nicely into a suite of Spanish dances by Manuel de Falla. Both Hoy and Wilson were in top form here. I was pleased to see the cello veer off into this new direction (for me at least). A Sonata by Richard Strauss followed and then they changed direction with two new jazz pieces by a Russian pianist, Nikolai Kapustin. This was a real treat! Jazz cello. Wow. The audience was enthusiastic, and they came back with a nice piece by Rachmaninoff.
The Performing Arts Society manages to produce five or six such programs each year, bringing a small spot of brilliant light into our area. This is the third performance that included a cellist in less than a year.