Thursday, May 28, 2009

Eduard Kunz (chamber music)

The chamber music round features three performances of the Dvorak Piano Quintet, and two of them are tonight. If you're interested in how it breaks down, there are four apiece of the Schumann and Brahms quintets, and one of the Franck. Somehow it always seems that the Franck goes begging.

Kunz makes a few big slips and overplays in spots, but otherwise gives the Dvorak a full and vigorous going-over. For whatever reason, the Takacs players are much sharper now than they were in the afternoon. Over on the other side of the table, Scott Cantrell is using the word "trainwreck" to describe the performance I just heard. It may have been a bit ragged, but the spirit and the energy were there, and the third movement was played with real bounce. In any event, the bar has been set. Let's see if it can be raised.

I never noticed this before, but Eduard Kunz looks like Zach Braff.

Who was the kid in the second row wearing the Avenged Sevenfold T-shirt? Can't help but admire someone willing to signal their musical allegiances in an environment like this. And hey, as long as people give their full attention to the music, I don't care if they show up here in their beachwear.

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