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posted Friday, October 14, 2011 - Volume 39 Issue 41
Chamber music concert: When the familiar became strange
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Chamber music concert: When the familiar became strange

by Rod Parke - SGN A&E Writer

Chamber music concert
October 9
Nordstrom Auditorium


If you've never attended any of the Chamber Series concerts, performed by members of the Seattle Symphony in the intimate setting of the Nordstrom Auditorium at Benaroya, I urge you to reconsider. Among the many reasons to catch this unique series is the opportunity to get to know these fine musicians far better than at a symphony concert. The rewards are special and substantial as well as often charming.

This concert was typical of the series in its intensity and excellence, even while it offered some real novelties. While it was billed as 'Chopin and Bach,' the biggest delights were from lesser-known composers. To start with, Laura DeLuca, Cordula Merks, and Walter Gray brought winning rhythmic intensity and great togetherness to 'Concerto a Tre for Clarinet, Violin, and Cello' by Ingolf Dahl (1912-70). In Dahl's later years in the U.S. at USC, he collaborated with Igor Stravinsky, lecturing, performing, and arranging the Russian's music. Indeed, there were moments in his 'Concerto' that reminded one of Stravinsky's 'L'Histoire du Soldat' in its playful rhythms and tonal palette. The piece kept one's interest with ease because musical surprises lurked around each corner.

Mae Lin and Mara Gearman then wove their two instruments around each other in 'Three Madrigals for Violin and Viola' by Bohuslav Martinu (1890-1959). The distinct sounds of these two instruments interweaved lines in a manner that was almost meditative without ever becoming uninteresting. When I closed my eyes, the music carried me away in a very relaxed but simultaneously stimulating stream of lovely, arching motives. This performance reinforced my high regard for Martinu's music.

Talk about getting to know another side of a symphony musician! Did you know that principal oboe, Ben Hausmann, is also a technically very proficient concert pianist? If there were any missed notes in Chopin's 'Scherzo No. 3, Op. 39' and 'Ballade No. 1, Op. 23,' I sure didn't hear them. My problem with Hausmann's playing was that the loud passages were too loud for the room, making me wish we were in a less intimate acoustic. He also tended to dash from one musical theme to the next, leaving insufficient time at the end of each musical sentence. Although the oboe is certainly not a shy instrument, the sound of which can cut through almost any orchestral tutti, who would have thought that Hausmann, with his winning smile, had such an assertive musical personality!

Something old; something new. Christopher Olka brought his tuba on stage for some Bach and Handel that I think none of us had ever heard through the pipes of such an instrument! He began by addressing us in a charming manner, telling us little-known secrets about getting around the tuba, including remarks like, 'He's not ugly; he's my tuba!' and 'OK, so you can do it, but is it a good idea?' A valid question, especially regarding playing in public selections from Bach's 'Cello Suite No. 1'! While it was a little difficult to pick out all the notes on such a bass-heavy instrument, you certainly heard how much breath it took to make the sound! While this was edifying and fun, the musical merits were far more accessible when Olka's wife, Kimberly Russ, accompanied him on piano in Handel's 'Aria con Variazioni' from the Fifth Harpsichord Suite. The unusual blend of such different timbres was actually very pleasant, aided by an obvious sympatico between husband and wife.

The highlight of the afternoon concert was the final 'Serenade for Violin, Viola, and Cello' by Erno Dohnányi (1877-1960). This early work by the Hungarian composer brought passionate and beautiful playing by Mikhail Schmidt, Susan Gulkis Assadi, and Meeka Quan DiLorenzo, respectively. Lyric, romantic music with folk influences, all of which could hardly have received better treatment. It was a most satisfying conclusion to a fun afternoon. (Among the members of the audience was music director Ludovic Morlot, enthusiastically supporting his players.)

Reviewer Rod Parke can be reached at rmp62@columbia.edu.

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