Classical music concerts
at Carnegie Hall's Zankel Hall
10/15: I picked up the ticket at the main Carnegie Hall box office, but wasn't sure where Zankel was. Then I overheard someone saying it was around the corner and realized this was the old Carnegie Hall Cinema
's space, now renovated as a modern, wood-paneled hall. This Jamaican pianist has a big, romantic style which seemed a bit much for some of the pieces, but worked best for the Chopin scherzo and Beethoven's Waldstein sonata. One of the encores sounded familiar and I laughed when I realized it was an ornate version of Bob Marley's "One Love."
The Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson trio at the 92nd St. Y 10/27: The 92nd St. Y had a trivia contest in their e-mail newsletter asking at which president's inauguration the Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson trio debuted. I had to Google to find the answer (Carter - surprising since I didn't know Sharon Robinson was old enough), and sent it in. And won two tickets to a KLR concert
! So neighbor J and I went crosstown to the 92nd St. Y on a Tuesday afternoon and heard two Schubert piano trios. I've played opus 99, and the other one was also nice and melodic.
NY Philharmonic 11/12 with pianist Garrick Ohlsson: This was reviewed
(in the Times), unlike the other concerts I attended (at least, I didn't find any reviews). Subscriber M invited me to fill in for his friend, and we did the early bird special at BBQ, stopped at Barnes & Noble and then went to the concert. One of the orchestra members I know wasn't there, and the other only played for the first half. The music (Haydn, Martinu, and Sibelius) was all new to me.
Kun Woo Paik at Carnegie Hall 11/15: I arrived at second tier box 6, seat 4 to find that I not only couldn't see the piano keyboard, but couldn't see the piano at all, just the back of the stage. So I switched my (movable) chair with the as yet unoccupied chair next to it and could then see the pianist's face. The other seat remained empty so I didn't feel too guilty. The hall was too crowded to consider moving to the opposite side for a view of the keyboard.
This Korean pianist played an ambitious program
of 6 Brahms pieces and the last 3 Beethoven sonatas. I'm familiar with the Schnabel recordings which make late Beethoven sound other-worldly. This pianist's style was more pedal-y, and also sent chills up my spine. The audience was heavily Korean and very appreciative; Paik intended to play the three sonatas without pause (as he did for the Brahms before intermission) but everyone just had to applaud by the end of the second sonata. There was lots of applause and curtain calls when he finished, and he did an encore (vaguely familiar - Liszt?; someone asked if I knew what it was and I wondered if the answer was online - so far, not. Maybe I'll ask the sponsoring organization).
The next day, I tried to play the Beethoven sonatas. Ack! I hope my neighbors weren't too upset.