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Links: Fellner's Beethoven and more

In Tuesday's Washington Post:

Till Fellner completes Beethoven cycle (well, almost) at Austrian Embassy, by Charles T. Downey
[A note: Fellner will return for another Washington recital this season, thanks to WPAS on January 29, 2011.]

KenCen chamber players offer local Previn premiere, by Joe Banno

Stefan Jackiw, violin, gives solo Washington recital, by Joan Reinthaler (a chance to hear another side of the violinist after his recent Mendelssohn concerto with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra).

Does anyone have other thoughts about noteworthy performances this past weekend?

By Anne Midgette  | October 19, 2010; 1:13 PM ET
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OK, Anne, you asked, so I'll provide my 'what Classical concert did you attend this weekend' essay. It was the Richmond Symphony appearing in Stuanton, VA. I was really not expecting much, but these musicians were marvelous. I know their pay is not that high, but they seemed like an unflappable, committed and very classy group, playing with a great deal of polish. I say unflappable because they apparently endured a huge, multi-hour traffic jam on I-64 on their way to Staunton. They evidenced careful preparation by their relatively new conductor, Steve Smith, particularly in the Stravinsky Firebird. That quiet beginning to the final section was very moving. The Rach Three was also well done.
I hate to say it, but they were a few notches above Fairfax Symphony, and near NSO level.

Posted by: kashe | October 20, 2010 4:55 PM | Report abuse

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