More Concert Review Links: Roberto Gini in Israel and Christina Pluhar in LA

28

January
2011

More concert reviews of note.

  • Yad Hashmona: Italian gambist Roberto Gini was joined by Ayala Sicron, soprano, Drora Bruck, recorder, and Bari Moscovich, lute and theorbo, in a memorable program of sixteenth- and seventeenth-century English music.
  • Los Angeles: Christina Pluhar (pictured) led her ensemble L’Arpeggiata in a program of unique crossover music that blended Baroque and contemporary song.

There was lovely playing throughout, but I must admit as warm and friendly as the evening was, I felt it was a bit lost in the large and mostly empty expanse of Disney Hall on this evening. This is intimate music in a way, meant to be shared directly with others in a visceral manner. The show was well-meaning and accessible, but almost to a fault with a sound that bordered on the overly homogeneous despite its diversity of antecedents. But even if this lack of edge or variety hampered the show overall, the technique and musical commitment to the project cannot be ignored.

(photo: Courtesy of the Artist)

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