Sunday, December 13th
at 3:00 p.m.
(snow date is Saturday, December 12th at
All Baroque Program
Alexander Abayev & Benjamin Hellman, violins
Johann Sebastian Bach
Air; from Suite no. 3, BWV 1068 in D Major
Violin Concerto no. 1, BWV 1041 in A minor
Alexander Abayev, violin
Double Violin Concerto, BWV 1043 in D minor
Alexander Abayev and
Benjamin Hellman, violins
Concerto Grosso, op. 6 no. 8 in G minor
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Beethoven Symphony no. 5, C minor, mov't II - Andante con moto, and
mov't IV - Allegro, recorded live, Nov. 9th, 2013 at Iona College, New Rochelle, Barry Charles Hoffman, conductor.
Excerpt from 4th Mov't, Mendelssohn's Symphony no.4, op. 90 in A major,
live recording at Iona College,
May 5th, 2012
Brahms: Hungarian Dance no. 6
Mozart: Clarinet Concerto
Review by Bob Lebansold, WVOX
New Rochelle, NY
November 9th , 2013
This is one of New Rochelle's gems.
Barry Charles Hoffman does a great job always, but last Saturday night he outdid himself with an all Beethoven program. The two pieces were Piano Concerto No. 4 in G major and the 5th Symphony.
Israeli Soloist Alon Goldstein was superb on the piano. And while the individual performances of the entire orchestra were excellent, it was the direction of Mr. Hoffman which provided the frame around Mr. Goldstein's solo. It was subtle and unobtrusive. Always highlighting, never intruding. Mr. Goldstein held some very long trills which, I imagine is akin to a singer holding a note for a very long time. I repeat: his performance was superb.
And then came the 5th, the best known of all symphonies ever written, and one of the most sublime pieces in the music literature in the history of the world.
And again Barry Charles Hoffman was up to the task, taking his musicians through this grand opus with great expression, never wavering, always confident, bringing one of Beethoven's finest masterfully to life.
Alas these concerts of the Symphony of Westchester are just performed once so if you missed this one it is gone. But do get in the habit of patronizing this fine local orchestra. Performances are held at Iona College right up the road, tickets are well worth the price.
Just Google the Symphony of Westchester and prepare for a fine cultural treat.