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In introducing the concert, the classical music director for LPR quoted the New Yorker as saying "If the clarinettist and the pianist--two bedrock figures of the classical establishment--are offering a concert at [LPR], then that venue has truly arrived."

Wrong, wrong, wrong. What has happened here is that the New Yorker has finally caught up!

I have wanted to get to LPR for some time now, and finally I was able to be in the right place at the right time. LPR allows for a greater connection between musicians and their audience than I have ever seen in a concert hall. Both of these marvelous performers, though appearing a bit bemused by the "lounge" approach, seemed to enjoy it all--even giving one another a high five at the end. The programming was inspired, collecting together pieces by Bernstein, Reich, Debussy, Brahms, and Gershwin, including as an encore a duet of Summertime.

Of many wonderful moments, for me the highlight had to be Stoltzman playing Reich's New York Counterpoint, which Reich wrote for him. He recounted his baffled reaction when he read the score for the first time, complete with amusing musical illustrations. When he went on to play the piece, he brought the house down. Pressler followed with a lovely performance of pieces by Debussy. The remainder of the pieces were duets (including the Gershwin Etudes). They were clearly having a lot of fun onstage, and I felt privileged to be in their company.
Posted on 29 Oct 2010, 2:35 AM
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