Monday, May 31, 2010

Day Three: Leszek Mozdzer and Proserpina wow our critics

Impressive performances

Posted by Stephanie Barna on Mon, May 31, 2010 at 3:33 PM

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Not many shows premiered on Sunday night, but two that did impressed our reviewers.

In Proserpina, Heather Buck gave a tour-de-force vocal performance, garnering big praise from our critic Fernando Rivas:

Like this contemporary composer's music, her artistry fulfills us in unexpected and unforeseen ways. She brings an intense lyrical sensuality to this role that might otherwise come off as a sterile exercise in atonal vocalise. It is evident that Buck has internalized this piece and has become one with it. Her interpretation releases this opera from the realm of pure abstraction.

Over at the Simons Center Recital Hall last night, T. Ballard Lesemann was blown away by the cool noise made by pianist Leszek Mozdzer, who startled and amazed audiences with astounding technique.

Mozdzer's incredible technique dazzled the sold-out room from the start — especially the blazing dexterity of his right hand as he flailed and rolled through complicated runs and trills. His most percussive embellishments resembled the single-stroke roll of an orchestral mallet percussionist or jazz vibes man. He seemed like a master musician in a big hurry, blasting through his first four pieces at high speed, pausing only briefly between them. His melodic phrasing and whimsical flourishes were passionate and beautifully executed. Even his occasionally dissonant, Monk-like off-notes accented things nicely.

Read the full review here, or just go ahead and buy your tickets. He's got two performances tonight at 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. and two tomorrow night. It's a show you won't want to miss if you're a fan of new music.

We've also got reviews posted of yesterday's Spoleto Festival Orchestra Intermezzo performance, the plays Moments of Joy, My Name Is Ruth, and A Shaker's Path, the CBT's Motown Mania, and Nailor Proveta Azevedo.

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