Monday, February 02, 2009

Schubert meets Piazzolla in Amsterdam

...or Schubert young+Piazzolla+Schubert old. All that yesterday evening at the Concertgebouw, in a superlative interpretation of the Artemis Quartet (see also here), joined by pianist Jacques Ammon. This time they've been even more impressive than almost 5 years ago, when I witnessed them giving a lesson of Schumann interpretation, in the very same place. Inter alia, Schubert's String Quartet No. 15 was flawless.
What better way to (re)start my Amsterdam journey?

Anyway, for those of you who did not make it to the concert yesterday..., here's something to give you a feeling of (some of) these people's potential (could not find online, very unfortunately, the pieces they played yesterday): check out cellist Eckart Runge (who also gave plenty of interesting/funny explanations on the quartet's long lasting relationship with Piazzolla's music, and on Piazzolla's biography and birth of tango nuevo, in yesterday's concert) and pianist Jacques Ammon with superb parts of a very interesting "celloproject". Enjoy!

PS. By the way, haven't seen somebody interpreting Astor Piazzolla's pieces with so much passion as the Artemis Quartet since Yo-Yo Ma and Nestor Marconi's rendition of Libertango.

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