Recent News
01.13.19
James Conlon
Dull Bruch from Zuk, blazing Bartók from Conlon and New World at Arsht
South Florida Classical Review
01.11.19
Sir Andrew Davis
With conductor Andrew Davis, the BSO considers the big picture
The Boston Globe
01.10.19
Louis Lortie
PIANIST LOUIS LORTIE JOINS THE ROSTER
01.10.19
Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater
ALVIN AILEY AMERICAN DANCE THEATER CELEBRATES GROUNDBREAKING FOUNDER DURING 60TH ANNIVERSARY NORTH AMERICAN TOUR FEBRUARY 1 – MAY 12, 2019
Ailey PressRoom
01.07.19
Teddy Abrams, Inon Barnatan, The Knights
WQXR Presents “19 for 19”: Artists to Watch in the Upcoming Year
WQXR
01.02.19
Ward Stare
Auld acquaintance is not forgotten at the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra's New Year's Eve concert
KDHX
01.01.19
Marin Alsop, Lawrence Foster, Miguel Harth-Bedoya, Mariss Jansons, David Robertson, Donald Runnicles, Patrick Summers, Emmanuel Villaume, Conrad Tao, Andrew von Oeyen, Inon Barnatan, Daniil Trifonov, Blake Pouliot, Isabelle Faust, Edgar Moreau, Yo-Yo Ma, Alisa Weilerstein, Colin Currie Group , Brooklyn Rider , Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Munich , Lisette Oropesa, Michelle DeYoung, Anthony Roth Costanzo, Christian Van Horn, Storm Large
Best of 2018
12.17.18
Richard Kaufman
Cleveland Orchestra, Choruses make it feel like Christmas at Severance Hall
Cleveland Plain Dealer
12.17.18
Vienna Boys Choir
Vienna Boys Choir mix it up with a cosmopolitan “Christmas in Vienna”
New York Classical Review
12.14.18
Storm Large
High-energy holidays with Storm Large at the Sun
KDHX

News archive »

Wind instruments a breath of fresh air for audience

03.06.08
Inon Barnatan
Denver Post

Most chamber-music concerts feature strings and piano, because of the dominance and popularity of repertoire focused on such instruments and the ubiquitousness of ensembles performing it.

But if string quartets and piano trios pervade the field, composers have written superb works for other combinations as well, and the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center is ideally structured to present them.

The respected New York City organization has a versatile roster of musicians on which it can draw, giving it the flexibility to perform music written for all manner of instrumental combinations.

Wednesday evening, that meant a program of rarely heard works incorporating wind instruments, when members of the society appeared in Gates Concert Hall for a thoroughly rewarding Friends of Chamber Music concert.

The only "name" among the five musicians was clarinetist David Shifrin, but they are all masters of their instruments, as quickly became clear during solos in the opener, Ludwig van Beethoven's Quintet in E flat major for Winds and Piano, Op. 16.

Getting the most time in the spotlight were oboist Stephen Taylor and bassoonist Peter Kolkay. These instruments usually don't get such starring roles, but it was easy to wonder if they aren't being shortchanged after hearing these two stellar players.

Both were featured in the program's most fascinating selections, works by 20th-century French composers who don't get heard very often, especially Jean Francaix.

His Divertissement for Oboe, Clarinet and Bassoon (1947) is a little gem, with its tightly interwoven harmonies and four quick movements that put the players through their paces, especially devilish twists and turns in the mischievous fourth section.

Francis Poulenc's delightful Trio for Piano, Oboe and Bassoon (1926) offered numerous solo opportunities for the three soloists. Deserving note is Inon Barnatan, an expressive, nimble-fingered young pianist worth watching.

Crowning the program was yet another masterpiece by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, the Quintet in E flat major for Winds and Piano, K. 452, with all the composer's usual effervescent elegance.