Review: Greensboro Symphony chamber concert, spotlighting music director, orchestra musicians, and guests

Posted on: April 11, 2019

“The performance of chamber music doesn’t get much better than it did Saturday night at the Greensboro Symphony Orchestra’s ‘Sitkovetsky and Friends’ concert,” writes Tim Lindeman in Sunday’s (4/7) News and Record (Greensboro, N.C.). “Gather together a world-famous violinist (GSO Music Director Dmitry Sitkovetsky), a terrific guest cellist (Andres Diaz), and two top-notch musicians from the GSO (violist Scott Rawls) and the University of North Carolina Greensboro School of Music (pianist Inara Zandmane) and watch the sparks fly. Two works were on the program: Duo for Violin and Cello, Op. 7 (1914) by Zoltan Kodaly … and Piano Quartet No. 2 in E-flat Major, Op. 87 (1889) by Antonin Dvořák…. One would think that the choice of sounds available for two string instruments would be pretty limited, but the Kodaly work handily disproves that idea. A seemingly unending combination of textures is revealed in the score.… Sitkovetsky and Diaz were on the same wavelength, even playing the accelerating unison lines perfectly in sync…. The Dvořák quartet is a rich, romantic work, written when the composer was at the height of his powers…. All four musicians took advantage of their solos—Rawls and Sitkovetsky sometimes tossing accompaniment patterns back and forth.”

Posted April 11, 2019