THEATER | DANCE | CLASSICAL MUSIC | OPERA | COMEDY

NORTH TEXAS PERFORMING ARTS NEWS

REVIEWS

Mimir Chamber Music Festival on Friday, June 30 at Texas Christian University

Review: Mimir Chamber Music Festival 2017 Concert 2 | Mimir Chamber Music Festival | PepsiCo Recital Hall


Mimir Concert 2

Our take on the second concert of the 2017 edition of the Mimir Chamber Music Festival in Fort Worth.



published Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Photo: Jane Cohen
Mimir Chamber Music Festival on Friday, June 30 at Texas Christian University

Fort Worth — The Dallas Opera is dark until fall, and the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition is over. The Dallas Symphony is away performing at the Bravo! Vail Music Festival, while the Fort Worth Symphony is wrapping up its Concerts in the Garden, but won’t be back in Bass Hall until August.

What is a concertgoer to do?

Luckily, there are a few reprieves, one of which is the Mimir Chamber Music Festival. Held each summer at TCU, the festival assembles nearly a dozen top musicians, mostly orchestral players, to perform a series of five concerts. The second of these, held Friday evening, featured a delicious program with mostly excellent performances.

First up was Hugo Wolf’s one-movement Italian Serenade, composed in 1887 when the Slovenian composer was in his late 20s. Scored for string quartet, the piece is in a late Romantic style, but with its lightness and wit, is distinctly different from the late Romanticism of Mahler or Bruckner.

Violinists Stephen Rose and Jesse Mills, along with violist Joan DerHovsepian and cellist Brant Taylor, constituted the quartet. Apart from some pitch problems in the violins, this was a fine performance of a too-seldom-performed work. DerHovsepian and Taylor created a rich bottom half for the sound, while Mills and Rose floated charmingly over the top.

Rounding out the first half of the program was Astor Piazzolla’s increasingly ubiquitous Cuatro Estaciones Porteñas, or “The Four Seasons of Buenos Aires.” Originally scored for Piazzolla’s quintet of violin (or viola), piano, electric guitar, bass, and bandoneón, Friday’s performance was an arrangement for violin (Curt Thompson), cello (Brant Taylor), and piano (Rieko Aizawa) by José Bragato. Bragato, a cellist, has made several arrangements of Piazzolla’s work for ensembles that include cello. Including cello in the mix works just fine. However, this particular arrangement—or perhaps the performance—made Piazzolla’s energetic, propulsive, tango-inspired piece seem sanitized. There were certainly some compelling moments—“Spring,” which in this arrangement begins as a showpiece for violin, later highlights cello, and Taylor’s truly lovely playing. He is the only cellist performing on this series of five programs, which is a formidable feat—he is playing an astonishing quantity of music over the festival’s eleven days—but at least as of Friday, he seemed well up to the task.

The final piece on the program was Schubert’s String Quartet No. 15 in G Major, D. 887. The personnel were the same as for the Wolf, but Rose and Mills changed places, with Mills playing the first violin part and Rose the second part. The opening chords in the first movement were thrilling, locked in and resonant. After those first chords, though, as in the Wolf, pitch could have been tighter in the violins, but the mood was effectively intense. DerHovsepian has a lovely, rich sound, but as with many violists, producing sufficient volume is an issue. As a result, even when her part is foreground, she tended to be overbalanced by her companions. On the whole, this was a very good performance by musicians who don’t play together year-round: nuanced, musically thoughtful, and complex, but with a few technical issues.

 

 

 SCHEDULE 

Mimir continues with the following concerts:

 

CONCERT 4

7:30 p.m. Wednesday July 5

PepsiCo Recital Hall, TCU

 

Mimir Emerging Artists Concert 2

7:30 p.m. Thursday, July 6

PepsiCo Recital Hall, TCU

 

CONCERT 5

7:30 p.m. Friday, July 7

PepsiCo Recital Hall, TCU Thanks For Reading





Dates, Prices, & Other Details

Comment on this Article

Share this article on Social Media
Click or Swipe to close
Mimir Concert 2
Our take on the second concert of the 2017 edition of the Mimir Chamber Music Festival in Fort Worth.
by J. Robin Coffelt

Share this article on Facebook
Tweet this article
Share this article on Google+
Share this article via email
Click or Swipe to close
Fade Snowflakes Watertower Theatre John Uptown Players UNT Dance and Theatre Open Classicial Plaid Tidings Dallas Opera
Gobsmacked
Fade Snowflakes Watertower Theatre John Uptown Players UNT Dance and Theatre Open Classicial Plaid Tidings Dallas Opera
Gobsmacked
Fade Snowflakes Watertower Theatre John Uptown Players UNT Dance and Theatre Open Classicial Plaid Tidings Dallas Opera
Gobsmacked
Fade Snowflakes Watertower Theatre John Uptown Players UNT Dance and Theatre Open Classicial Plaid Tidings Dallas Opera
Gobsmacked
Fade Snowflakes Watertower Theatre John Uptown Players UNT Dance and Theatre Open Classicial Plaid Tidings Dallas Opera
Gobsmacked
Fade Snowflakes Watertower Theatre John Uptown Players UNT Dance and Theatre Open Classicial Plaid Tidings Dallas Opera
Gobsmacked
Fade Snowflakes Watertower Theatre John Uptown Players UNT Dance and Theatre Open Classicial Plaid Tidings Dallas Opera
Gobsmacked
Fade Snowflakes Watertower Theatre John Uptown Players UNT Dance and Theatre Open Classicial Plaid Tidings Dallas Opera
Gobsmacked
Fade Snowflakes Watertower Theatre John Uptown Players UNT Dance and Theatre Open Classicial Plaid Tidings Dallas Opera
Gobsmacked
Fade Snowflakes Watertower Theatre John Uptown Players UNT Dance and Theatre Open Classicial Plaid Tidings Dallas Opera
Gobsmacked
Fade Snowflakes Watertower Theatre John Uptown Players UNT Dance and Theatre Open Classicial Plaid Tidings Dallas Opera
Gobsmacked
Fade Snowflakes Watertower Theatre John Uptown Players UNT Dance and Theatre Open Classicial Plaid Tidings Dallas Opera
Gobsmacked
Fade Snowflakes Watertower Theatre John Uptown Players UNT Dance and Theatre Open Classicial Plaid Tidings Dallas Opera
Gobsmacked
Fade Snowflakes Watertower Theatre John Uptown Players UNT Dance and Theatre Open Classicial Plaid Tidings Dallas Opera
Gobsmacked
Fade Snowflakes Watertower Theatre John Uptown Players UNT Dance and Theatre Open Classicial Plaid Tidings Dallas Opera
Gobsmacked
Fade Snowflakes Watertower Theatre John Uptown Players UNT Dance and Theatre Open Classicial Plaid Tidings Dallas Opera
Gobsmacked
Fade Snowflakes Watertower Theatre John Uptown Players UNT Dance and Theatre Open Classicial Plaid Tidings Dallas Opera
Gobsmacked
Fade Snowflakes Watertower Theatre John Uptown Players UNT Dance and Theatre Open Classicial Plaid Tidings Dallas Opera
Gobsmacked
Fade Snowflakes Watertower Theatre John Uptown Players UNT Dance and Theatre Open Classicial Plaid Tidings Dallas Opera
Gobsmacked
Fade Snowflakes Watertower Theatre John Uptown Players UNT Dance and Theatre Open Classicial Plaid Tidings Dallas Opera
Gobsmacked
Click or Swipe to close
reviews
views on theater, dance, classical music, opera and comedy performances
news & notes
reports from the local performing arts scene
features & interviews
who and what are moving and shaking in the performing arts scene
season announcements
keep up with the arts groups' upcoming seasons
audiocasts
listen to interviews with people in the local performing arts scene
media reviews
reviews and stories on performing arts-related film, TV, recordings and books
arts organizations
learn more about the local producing and presenting arts groups
performance venues
learn more about the theaters and spaces where the arts happen
contests
keep up with fabulous ticket giveaways and other promotions
crowdfunding
connect to local arts crowdfunding campaigns
studio
post or view auditions and performing arts-related classes, services, jobs and more
about us
info on TheaterJones, our staff, what we do and how to contact us
Click or Swipe to close
First Name:
Last Name:
Date of Birth:
ZIP Code:
Your Email Address:
Click or Swipe to close
Join TheaterJones Around the Web



Follow Us on Twitter

Subscribe to our Youtube Channel

Click or Swipe to close
Search the TheaterJones Archives
Use any or all of the options below to search through all of reviews, interviews, features and special sections. If you are looking for a an event, use the calendar section of this website. This search will not search through the calendar.
Article Title Search:


Description Search:
TheaterJones Contributor:


TheaterJones Section:


Category:
Showing on or after:      Showing on or before:  
Search
Click or Swipe to close
We welcome your comments

I am discussing:  



Your Name:
Your Email Adress:


please enter the text below and then click or tap SUBMIT :
Submit