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Page 8-- The Michigan Daily - Monday, September 15, 1986

Kerrytown series starts

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By Rebecca Chuno

e first concert of a new
season is an event, part -
icularly for an organization
like the University Musical
Society, which brings to Ann
Arbor the world's best artists.
Many people may feel that the
opening will set the tone for the
rest of the year, particularly
subscription holders. In this
case, however, it would do well
to keep in mind that such
generalizations are impossible
to make. Otherwise tick -
etholders would be looking
forward to a series of uneven
and lackluster performances
similar to Giuseppi Sinopoli's
versionshof the Schubert's
"Unfinished" and Bruckner
Seventh Symphonies.
The most disappointing
aspect of the concert was the
unshakable dragging feeling

in the Schubert. Sinopoli and
his orchestra were dis-
connected; he was straining,
all over the podium, expending
all kinds of energy, but the
Philharmonia just wasn't lis-
tening. This was particularly
noticeable in the lagging
sforzandos throughout the first
movement. At one point,
Sinopoli forced the orchestra
into an accelerando that
instantly brought life into the
work, but the intensity soon
died, leaving the audience
little choice but to wade through
the measures and give only
lukewarm applause after the
performance.
Happily, the Bruckner was
not nearly so oppressive. A
muchbbrighter work than the
Schubert, Sinopoli (with the
help of an extremely fine

tain opening
organization), was able to Deutsche Grammophon
clear the air somewhat. The recording of the Schubert, one
cello-and viola opening of the finds that it contains few of the
first movement was gorgeous, flaws that showed up in
as was the flute and brass performance Thursday night.
playing throughout. However, In addition, there were many
the stutifying atmosphere was beautiful, well-interpreted
not completely eradicated, and moments scattered throughout
was even intensified during the concert. Whether a failure
the adagio movement (one to perform with vitality lies in.
could not help but be thankful the orchestra's stubborness (as
that Bruckner's pupil, Arthur has been the case with the New
Nikisch, persuaded Bruckner York Philharmonic) or the
to add a cymbal crash at the conductor's failure to
end, not because it added communicate (a complaint
anything to the work es - made of Chris Eschenbach)
hetically, but because it kept the must be decided with every,
audience awake.) The finale organization and every per -
was strong, and displayed the formance. Unfortunately for
brass to full advantage, but by the audience, the result is
that time the damage had been always the same--a dis -
done.
Sinopoli is a fine appointing concert.

off on,
By P.C. Russ
Violinist Richard L
the Fallfare '86 s
Kerrytown Conc
Friday night , per
Bach's Six Son
Partitas for Unac
Violin. Unfortun
had a very bad nig
exception of a fev
passages, the cc
uninspiring and,
uncomfortable.
Overall, the perf
each piece seemed
general pattern;
shakily and stead
momentum and
only to becomez
single major erro
was unable to trE
Sonata No.1I in G n
Mr. Luby's playi
very steady andI

conductor. If one listens to his

the wrong foot
eli Ginns dynamic control, particularly
on the longer sustained tones.
Guby opened Gradually, he developed con.-
eries at the fidence and by the end of the
ert House first piece was playing with
forming J.S. authority and expression
iatas and During the Sarabande of
companied Partita No. 1, howevef, he
ately, both struck a glaring wrong note
ht. Withthe from which he was barely able
w sparkling to recover. By the first inter;'
concert was mission, he had already
at times, establishedhthathe was a
muscian of the finest calber, but
formance of also that he was not playing at
i to follow a his best.
beginning During the Fuga of Sonata No
lily gaining 2 the different parts became lost
confidence, and snarled so that the
mired in a performer was forced to pause
r which he momentarily, wipe his
anscend. As persperating forehead, and
ninor began, sadly begin again. Similarly,
ng was not in the Prelude to Partida No.3
lacked much he found it neccessary to start
over.
The recital was highlighted by
the fact that the pieces were
being performed on a rare 1623
Amati violin which had been
restored to match the conditions
of the instrument in Bach's owp
day (having a flatter bridgo
and fingerboard than most
modern violins). This and Mx.
Luby's very effective stage
presence should have made for
an exciting evening.
Unfortunately, neither the
performer nor the audience
were able to escape the
unsettling errors which
plagued the concert. The Six
Solos for Unaccompanied
Violin are complex and
beautiful melodies that are
considered to be some of the
finest compositions of the
Baroque Era. On this occasion,
however, they were never truly
permited to shine.
" The Kerrytown Concert House
is a new, non-profit
organization supporting
performers, students, and
o audiences. Other events this
ets fall include Croissant
Concerts, Penelope Crawford
and Friends, and A Little
Sondheim Music. For more
information, call 769-2999,

The Office of Major Events
presents
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Saturday, September 27 8pm, Power Center
Ann Arbor
Tickets available at the Michigan Union Ticket Office, all Ticket World Outlets,
Schoolkid's Records & Tapes, Herb David Guitar Studio
Charge by phone 763-TKTS

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