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THE MICHIGAN DAILY

Friday, July 28, 1972

records
Try playing chamber music for a change

By DONALD SOSIN
DVORAK:-Dumky, Op. 90; The
Beaux Arts Trio, Philips (LY
802 918);
BEETHOVEN: Serenade, Op.
25;
TELEMANN: Trio Sonata in
A minor;
C.P.E. BACH: Duet for Flute
and Violin in G major; Pinchas
Zukerman, violin; Eugenia Zuk-
erman, flute; Michael Tree,
viola; Charles Wadsworth, harp-
sichord, Columbia (M 31309).
ZUKERMAN PLAYS KREIS-

LER: Pinchas Zukerman, vio-
lin; Lawrence Smith, piano, Co-
lumbia (M 31378).
I saw the Beaux Arts T r i o
give a concert once, and was im-
pressed not only by their music-
ianship but by how much fun
they seemed to be having. And
that to me is a good deal of
what chamber music is all about.
It was recreation for the ama-
teur players of the eighteenth
and nineteenth centuries. I can
think of few things more enjoy-
able than getting together with
some friends and reading through

piano trios in your own home.
Take it out of the concert hall,
and put it back where it be-
longs! "Chamber music," says
a delightful pamphlet How to
Bluff Your Way in Music, "is
music written for a very small
number of listeners." On the
concert stage a great deal of its
intimate character is lost com-
pletely; people would enjoy it
a lot more if they started play-
ing at home again. It's m u c h
more fun than vicarious forms of
entertainment like television,
radio, film and theater. Not
that I have anything against
the latter three, but as J o h n
Simon suggests, if you want a
get a bunch of people together,
good evening's entertainment get
a bunch of people together, a n d
read a play out loud.
So maybe you think I'm telling
you not to listen to records ei-
ther? Not at all. Music's uni-
queness lies in its abstractness.
Programs may be forced on
many pieces, but ultimately,
music is pure sound, and comes
to life in the mind of the listen-
er. Thus one will get the most
out of it if one is involved, if

one is an active listener. Un-
fortunately, not many people are
these days. When it's so easy to
flip on the radio or put on a -e-
cord, when music is always
available, we lose -our apprecia-
tion of it and it becomes -just
another factor in our environ-
ment, like wallpaper or air-con-
ditioning. And so the potential
it has to make us laugh or move
us to tears goes unused.
hell, with that in mind, let
me recommend these three re-
cordings. If you .listen to them,
listen actively. Believe t h a t
friends are playing at your home,
for your enjoyment, and do them
the courtesy of paying atten-
tion, even knowing that you can
turn it off at any moment, or .e-
play it a hundred times. If you
then think about giving it a
aren't really listening to it,
then think about giving it a rest
instead of doing other things
while the music is on. For by
listening absent-mindedly, you
condition yourself not to listen
attentively in the future, and it's
a, tough habit to break. If you
can get off on rock or blues or
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classical music, too. If it's play-
ed well, there's no real differ-
ence. It just takes getting used
to.
Listen to Dvorak's Dumky, for
a start. It's sometimes called
the piano trio in E minor, but
it's not actually a formal trio.
A dumka is a short piece of pre-
dominantly melancholy nature.
There are six of them in this
work, and they are not connect-
ed. Each one is like a miniature
Slavonic dance, with a bi a s
toward the slow and lyrical. The
second and fourth are my favor-
ites, with their simple singing
cello themes, and interrupted by
the exuberance of the piano. The
balance is great, the stereo is
fantastic, and the music is play-
ed with a lot of care without
being too carefully treated.
tions
There are some - rousing sec-
tions that speak only of enjoy-
ment, and if an occasional note
is missed, you just grin.
The two Columbia disks fea-
ture Pinchas Zukerman, one of
the best young violinists around.
On the chamber music album he
is joined, by his wife, Eugenia,
who is not a terrific flutist, but
does an awfully good job; Mich-
ael Tree of the Guarneri Quartet,
and Charles Wadsworth, director
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