Elizabeth Blumenstock, Beiliang Zhu, Aya Hamada
Thursday, March 16, 7:30 pm
The Kosciuszko Foundation
Elizabeth Blumenstock, violin
Beiliang Zhu, viola da gamba
Aya Hamada, harpsichord
Jean-Philippe Rameau’s Pièces de Clavecin en Concerts
There will be a reception in the lobby of the Kosciuszko Foundation featuring complimentary wine from France, in honor of Rameau, the concert’s featured composer.
The three “crème de la crème” early music performers present all five of Jean-Philippe Rameau’s Pièces de clavecin en concerts of 1741, replete with virtuosic obbligato keyboard parts and equally acrobatic violin and viola da gamba accompaniment. A summation of late French baroque writing, the fanciful movements delight the ear with their vivid drama and sensuality.
“Violinist Elizabeth Blumenstock was the featured soloist, and her performance was dazzling. She was able to elicit a hauntingly beautiful tone.… The audience was transfixed, leaning forward silently to hear every note of these pianissimo passages.”
“Zhu’s butter-smooth sound [is] perfectly suited to her long chromatic lines.”
—Boston Musical Intelligencer
“Hamada’s playing is skillful and adroit … with powerful strokes and phrasing of music that seems to flash from one subject to another, now an ostinato bass, now rushing runs and sequences.”
General Admission: $30
1 ticket to all three concerts: $75