Author Archives: Simon Chin

Escher String Quartet takes an aggressive approach to chamber music

Source: The Washington Post » Music

On Sunday at the Phillips Collection, the Escher String Quartet offered a bracing antidote to the season of ubiquitous “Messiahs” and treacly “Nutcrackers.” Bookending its program with the violent psychodrama of works by Leos Janacek and Alexander Zemlinsky, the New York-based ensemble presented a highly charged and emotionally wrenching afternoon of chamber music.Read full article >>

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Denk shows range in ‘iPod shuffle’

Source: The Washington Post » Music

Listening to an iPod shuffle can be an exhilaratingly untethered experience, as a randomized playlist materializes out of the ether. For American pianist Jeremy Denk, the “shuffle” has become an artistic calling card, offering an innovative model for concert programming that reflects his restless and insouciant imagination.Read full article >>

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In recital, Jan Lisiecki’s playing hints at an artist replete with potential

Source: The Washington Post » Music

Jan Lisiecki’s Kennedy Center debut Saturday afternoon could have been called a portrait of the artist as a young man. The 20-year-old Polish-Canadian pianist, who appeared at the Terrace Theater as part of Washington Performing Arts’ Hayes Piano Series, offered a recital brimming with unformed potential.Read full article >>

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