Wednesday, February 11, 2009


My eyelids are clanking shut, but I wanted to write a few words about the concert we heard tonight with violinist Hilary Hahn and pianist Valentina Lisitsa. It was an extraordinary program of complex music -- difficult to play and requiring all one's listening sensibilities. It was quite intense, but what rewards! We heard little known and infrequently performed works by Eugene Ysaye, Charles Ives, Johannes Brahms, and Bela Bartok.

Sometimes artists play or write or paint with such sureness, such piercing clarity, that our understanding is magnified, beyond words.

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