San Francisco Symphony
Schiff’s intense concentration in the slow beginning – not ponderous, but deliberate, taking time to deliver the maximal impact of every note – provided the perfect contrast for the technically complex, bombast section that followed.
This motiv count changed the listening experience, as it forced you to listen through the often dense texture to pick up on repetitions happening deep in the music.
Jazz pianist Makoto Ozone joined the Symphony to reclaim Rhapsody in Blue back from United Airlines and a thousand dreary elevators.
Going from improbable to even more so, they performed Hushabye Mountain from “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.” However, for all practical purposes, Dick van Dyke never saw this version. Thomas Lauderdale was right in saying that it sounded crossed with Mozart’s Requiem.
In a world in which piano virtuosi are becoming commonplace, Schiff consistently opens up the heart of a piece in ways that makes beginning pianists hopeful and master musicians jealous.
What's happening around the San Francisco Bay Area including performances at SF Symphony, TheatreWorks, Aurora Theatre, SHN Orpheum, Cal Performances, Dragon Theatre.
Stravinsky occupies a strange place for us – not just because he’s Stravinsky, but because the great span of his life makes him so unnervingly contemporary.