2016-10-22 Horszowski Trio

Audience as Critic


THE AUDIENCE AS CRITIC – OCTOBER 22, 2016

“ECSTASY & ANGST”

HORSZOWSKI TRIO

Jesse Mills, violin
Raman Ramakrishnan, cello
Rieko Aizawa, piano

Beethoven
Piano Trio No. 2 in G major, Op. 2

Shostakovich
Piano Trio No. 2 in E minor, Op. 67

Dvořák
Piano Trio No. 3 in F minor, Op. 65

YOUNG ARTIST PROGRAM
Jett Russel Panganiban, piano

Alexina Louie
I leap through the sky with stars

AUDIENCE COMMENTS

This was not just a super concert, it was an event, a very special event! The Beethoven – heavenly!  The Shostakovich?  Terribly emotional!  Dvořák just beautiful.  It could not have been better.  Thank you.  U.E.

Beethoven – Superb musicianship, enviable technique times three.  The first movement with its boundless energy followed by the rich warm melody, then more beauty to follow.  Who could ask for more?  Shostakovich hauntingly, disturbingly beautiful and emotional.  Amazing performance.  Dvořák – Beautiful melodies – often heard in the cello and also piano.  Folk-like tunes added life and sparkle.  Delightful.  V.H.

Horszowski Trio: Quite a diverse selection of pieces with such different styles and sounds.  Best of all – Shostakovich!!! Powerful, big, negative emotions and so powerful – still full of life!!!  Loved this concert and this trio of musicians.  They made me feel full of life!  C.B.

The pre-concert piano piece was superb – technical sonority combined with originality of interpretation and drama.  Beethoven was superb but Rieko’s piano style was the star of the show!  Her body seemed to be channelling the music as dance.  It was a deep privilege to see as well as hear the Shostakovich – a profoundly moving piece on the brokenness of the time – the breaking of nations – [reflecting] the title of Hardy’s WW I poem taken from Jeremiah. [I feel] the improbability of making music, of making harmony. The dissonant music is a broken lament and yet a willingness and necessity of starting over with a new musical vocabulary, a new beat, a new sense of time.  M.S

Wow! What a great evening.  The music leapt alive and vigorous from the musicians.  Loved the program.  Bring them back!  Anonymous

First time I have attended a Virtuosi Concert and I shall be back – count on it!  Horszowski Trio was fantastic!  Excellent program with contrasting works.  Shostakovich work showed the angst of war-torn Europe.  Beethoven and Dvořák were so musically rendered.  Congratulations on your Canadian debut.  Please come back again!  MJ. M.

Music is the language connecting our humanity through generations.  The Horszowski Trio and Beethoven brought tears to my eyes. The music was so tender and emotional and textured.  Shostakovich Piano Trio No. 2 expressed all emotions from beauty and compassion to disgust and dread.  The Horszowski Trio played is so well.  The whole audience was visibly moved.  Anonymous

The young artist may be a good pianist if he played some music. Beethoven not chosen well.  I don’t understand why they chose something like this when Beethoven has so much more to offer.  They play well but the choice of music leaves much to be desired!  I did enjoy the Dvořák.  Just what we expect from him.  Their (the Trio’s) saving grace!  H.T.

The Shostokovich Trio was a thrilling, moving expression of its very dark subject.  We should hear it more often.  Beethoven – warm sensitive piano playing accompanied by vigorous spot on accompanying by violin and cello.  Terrific teamwork!  Bravo Dvořák.  Bravo Horszowski Trio!  Please come to Canada again!  D.L.

Beethoven Opus 1 set was divine.  I was on the edge of my seat.  Shostakovich Second Trio was an emotional journey.  The depth of feeling and emotions was riveting.  An excellent performance.  World Class.  Thanks Harry.  P.M.

Profound music exquisitely conveyed.  Anonymous

Outstanding.  S.B.

Your playing feels so heartfelt.  Thank you!  Anonymous

Beethoven: Magnificent.  Shostakovich: It doesn’t get any better than that!  D.W.

Please turn the heat down.  The concert was amazing.  B.T.

The freebie (as it were) is all very well, but it does extend the length. General comment.  Last time, I think I neglected to complain that my enjoyment of the fine music (was affected) by its being almost all too loud.  R.T.

Too damn hot in the top rows!  Anonymous

Four neophyte concertgoers from Prof. Strub’s course Psychology and the Arts:

  1. For me, the concert was a very interesting experience. Although it wasn’t necessarily ‘my cup of tea’, I was taken aback by the ability of an instrument to convey pure, raw human emotion. However, at the same time, I was unable to pinpoint a specific word that conveyed the emotion being projected. It’s almost as if classical art is able to convey complex emotions that our current English vocabulary cannot as yet describe. Or perhaps the non-verbal nature of the music doesn’t allow you to falsely apply an emotional word to what is trying to be conveyed simply because it is often explicitly stated so in the song. I feel that the arbitrariness of emotion within classical music allows the audience to experience the music free from limitation of words; it takes the listener on a mental-ride free from the restrictions of words which inevitably drive and guide the experience in other forms of verbal music. For me, it also felt almost as if it was taking the audience on a psychedelic experience. I would look around and see many people with their eyes closed, almost as if the music was allowing them to dive into their own subconscious from a first-person experience; the music is eliciting memories, associations and emotions. And it seems that without music, such responses are otherwise inaccessible or at least difficult to retrieve without an input stimulus directing such an experience. And therefore, it struck me, that music can help us understand ourselves and the world around us better by making connections that could not otherwise be attained without such a stimulus.
  2. I enjoyed hearing the Horszowski Trio perform. I always forget how much of a difference there is between hearing music played live versus a recording until I hear live music again. Even though I had a hard time seeing the performers I could still feel the emotions coming across stronger than when I listened to the pieces at home. My favourite piece was the Dvořák, followed by the Beethoven. The Shostakovich was my least favourite because it was hard for me to hear the three instruments as a blended whole. The Dvořák piece was my favourite because of the struggle between joy and sorrow I heard. Thank you for allowing me to experience a Virtuosi Concert as your guest. I’m glad that I had the chance to attend as it is not something I’d try on my own.
  3. The performance of the Horszowski Trio and the pre-concert young solo pianist was truly a pleasurable experience for me. The piano solo felt like an abstract art. The piano solo felt chaotic: it seemed to lack rhythm or if it did have rhythm I was not able to perceive it at all. But this is just me being someone who has never experienced this type of performance before, so my judgment of the soloist’s performance should not be taken seriously. The performance seemed to display madness, just like how a mad genius’s work is misunderstood by the audience (i.e., me) knew no better. But the performer was intense; you could see passion in his face as he played, and how dedicated he is to his music. With that being said, I would love to hear him play again once after I gain more musical background so I could understand better. The Beethoven Piano Trio gave the impression of a playful summer time, as if there’s a hint of an adventurous story that unfolds as they played their music. It was refreshing. It also reminded me of my childhood. The Shostakovich Piano Trio felt as if they were sending soldiers off to war and it did give a slight feeling of patriotism. It felt as if an entire marching band was playing and boosting a battalion’s morale before they go to war. By the end of the piece, it also felt like the war has been won, the wounded soldiers returned, but tragically, lost some companions. I liked this piece the most since it seemed invigorating. The Dvořák Trio seemed like a fight or a struggle between two boxers lashing out against each other, testing their might and skills. This piece felt like a struggle between two opposing beings and even when the music ended it felt as if their fight or struggle never did. In conclusion, the concert gave me a pleasurable experience. The performers and music reminded me of madness, playfulness, war, and struggle. I think I would appreciate the performance better as I expose myself even more to concerts like this.
  4. I thoroughly enjoyed the concert itself and the experience of attending. There were some parts that I enjoyed more than others, however. I did not overly enjoy the initial piano solo by the young artist, and the Beethoven Trio. I did not feel it was how the artists played the pieces because I feel they all played extremely well. Rather, I felt the pieces themselves were disjointed and didn’t have a flow to them that I could get into.  It felt frustrating to sit there and feel that the music started to have some flow and then would abruptly change in melody. One other shortcoming of the evening was being stuck in the corner looking at the backs of other people’s heads. It took away from the enjoyment of watching the performers’ emotions playing their instruments. I was able to see the effort and emotions of the two pianists and the violinist which made me feel and appreciate the music they were playing. I also felt it was ridiculously hot in the hall. That took my focus off the music at times because I would fidget and try and make myself comfortable. What I very much appreciated and loved was the Dvořák When I closed my eyes, it felt I was somewhere else on a journey with the music. At times it would feel like I was being taken along a path in a forest by a stream of flowing water. Everything seemed to fit and flow very well for this portion of the evening. Overall, I really enjoyed the evening. Thank you for the ticket and allowing me to be a part of this.