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Friday, April 11, 2003


Violinist Corey Cerovsek at Concord Chamber Players concert

The internationally known young violinist Corey Cerovsek joined the Concord Chamber Players in virtuoso performances last Sunday in a concert at Concord Academy's Performing Arts Center. In the first half Cerovsek combined with piano accompanist Vytas Baksys to play familiar Fritz Kreisler pieces including Preludium and Allegro, Schoene Rosemarie, Rondino on a Theme by Beethoven, Caprice Viennoise, Tambourin Chinois, Liebeslied (Love's Sorrow), and Liebesfreud (Love's Joy). The second half of the concert was devoted to the complex and beautiful Kreisler String Quartet in A minor, featuring Cerovsek, Boston Symphony (BSO) violinist Wendy Putnam, BSO violist Karen Dreyfus, and Muir String Quartet cellist Michael Reynolds.

Fritz Kreisler (1875-1962) was considered one of the world's greatest violinists. He was a child prodigy, entering Vienna Conservatory at age seven and winning the gold medal when he was ten. He was a fine composer as well. Most of his known music seems to have been written to demonstrate his own great abilities on the violin. It is believed that, to date, not all of his compositions have been found. The solo pieces performed Sunday were lyrical, in a variety of classic styles, and required great virtuosity to play.

Corey Cerovsek, also a gifted child who graduated from the Toronto Conservatory of Music at age 12, was featured as this season's Distinguished Artist in the Concord Chamber Music Society's (CCMS) concert series. He was well up to the virtuosic challenges of both technique and songfulness. He played with a warm and expansive tone, gave particular attention to dynamics and nuances, and demonstrated impeccable articulation and intense emotion. His discussion of the solo pieces he played created great rapport with the audience. The pianist Vytas Baksys frequently plays with the Boston Symphony and Boston Pops (and formerly the Concord Madrigals). Sunday afternoon he was a true partner in presenting the short pieces. No matter if Cerovsek's tone was sweet, limpid, rhythmic, intense; Baksys had an energy that fit perfectly with the violin. The ensemble was masterful. Both men were aware of each other's body language and they drew the audience into their delight in music-making.

Kreisler's string quartet, in four movements, was published in 1921. It includes twentieth-century musical ideas found in early Schoenberg and Kurt Weill. Starting with the expressively played cello solo, the other instrumentalists moved through chromatic harmonies, often settling the spacious intervals on a lovely major or minor chord. Kreisler often used this interplay between solo and group. Sometimes two instruments were in the lead with the other two thickening the texture. In the Scherzo, at breakneck speed, all four played humorously at each other, bouncing on the strings, vibrantly chattering, side slipping up and down and leaving the audience breathless. This quartet really enjoyed playing together.

The Concord Chamber Players will present a Family Concert on June 1, at 51 Walden in Concord, featuring WCRB's Brad Spear, Concord Chamber Players and BSO musicians in an afternoon of musical jokes and fun.

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