Violist Veit Hertenstein and pianist Chelsea Wang

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Wednesday, February 06, 2013

The Young Artists Showcase first introduced violist Veit Hertenstein in 2011, as first-prize winner of the Young Concert Artists International Auditions. In advance of his New York debut at the Kaufman Center on Feb. 12, we’ll hear some of his recent live performances from Germany.

First, the haunting Intermezzo by Nino Rota, then a rare performance of Rebecca Clarke’s Viola Sonata, followed by two pieces by pianist Chelsea Wang, silver medalist at last year’s New York International Piano Competition. Wang’s performances of Chopin and Kapustin were recorded live in Ossening at a Young Artists Series named for host Bob Sherman’s mother, Nadia Reisenberg.

Program details:

Nino Rota: Intermezzo
— Veit Hertenstein, viola; Hans Jacob Staemmler, piano. Recorded at Philharmonic Hall in Essen, Germany.

Rebecca Clarke: Sonata for Viola and Piano
— Veit Hertenstein, viola; Kerstin Mörk, piano. Recorded at Philharmonic Hall in Essen, Germany.

Chopin: Rondo in E-Flat Major, Op. 16
Nikolai Kapustin: Variations, Op. 41
— Chelsea Wang, piano. Recorded at the Ossining Public Library in New York.

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Comments [2]

Neil Schnall

Apologies for the grammatical goof: "I have followed..." is what I'd meant to write.

Feb. 07 2013 01:03 PM
Neil Schnall

I'm surprised that I'm the first one to comment on the fact that the second piece aired last evening played by the clearly enormously talented Chelsea Wang was not the announced Kapustin Variations but an excellent performance of Debussy's L'Isle Joyeuse. I also was elated to hear the Chopin Rondo in E-Flat, a favorite since encountering it on a Chopin LP recorded by Horowitz.

I must respectfully express minor disagreement, however, with Bob Sherman's commentary to the effect that perhaps Chopin's (mature) genius was not yet fully evident, even if the piece was delightful. Delightful it most certainly was. Yet, I would say that, even if the piece did not display Chopin's maturity of style, the evidence of genius is all there aplenty.

I have been followed Bob's career on radio from the earliest days, including the Listening Room on the old WQXR. It is always a pleasure to hear him reference his renowned mother Nadia Reisenberg. (One of my treasures is a cassette tape I had made of a Listening Room performance in which she participated in a performance of the Mendelssohn D-minor Trio.) I had the pleasure of meeting Mme. Reisenberg one time, on the occasion of the wedding of my cousin, pianist Hadassah Guttmann, who had been a student of hers.

Best,
Neil

Feb. 07 2013 12:58 PM

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