February 23, 2010

Integritas, Consonantia, Claritas

Reviewing the Claremont Trio and the Setzer-Finckel-Han Trio.
Boston Globe, February 23, 2010.

I made it from a 1:30 concert at the Gardner Museum to a 3:00 concert at Jordan Hall by running a nine-minute mile. Not bad for an overweight critic! Two days later, my knees still hurt.

February 21, 2010

Strangers in the Night

In memoriam, Katherine Grayson and Frank Sinatra in 1947's It Happened In Brooklyn, singing "Là ci darem la mano" from Mozart's Don Giovanni. Make fun of it all you want, I still think this is forty kinds of awesome. The pianist is André Previn; somewhere out there is an alternate take with Previn and longtime MGM stalwart Johnny Green manning two pianos, just to further mess with the purists.