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Something for everyone Monday night at Curtis, from Bach to Stravinsky. Steven Waarts led off with Beethoven's 7th violin sonata. This is one of the most beautiful of Beethoven's 10 sonatas, and beautifully played.
Next up, Jenny Chen began a set of 4 groups of pieces: a selection from Bach's Well-tempered Clavier, part 2; two of 12 etudes, Op. 10, by Chopin; a piece by Debussy, and then Three Movements from Petrushka by Stravinsky. Very engaging playing, as usual.
Finally, after the intermission, what I went to hear: Brahms's second string quartet in A minor, Op. 51, No. 2 played by Ike See 1st violinist, Amalia Hall 2nd violinist, Jessica T. Chang violist, and Nathan Vickery cellist. These kids made it sound easy which, believe me, it wasn't. They played it in a modern style, which is fine, but differed from the older murkier sound that the Orion painted Brahms with on Sunday afternoon.
All in all a very satisfying program.