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Posted at 01:30 PM ET, 04/05/2012

Links: Hamelin, “Pierrot,” and the KenCen Players.

A couple of really strong concerts this week.
Pianist Marc-Andre Hamelin played a refreshingly eclectic recital at the Terrace Theater on Monday night. (Photo by Sim Canetty-Clarke) (Sim Canetty-Clarke)
Mark-Andre Hamelin, who seems to have become one of my favorite pianists, offered a refreshingly intriguing program of Chopin and Alkan for Pro Musica Hebraica on Monday night. If I were going to carp, my one reservation was that his playing of the Nocturne in D-flat Major was a little more earthbound than Leon Fleisher’s, but that’s not really a fair criticism, particularly given my vulnerability to the charge of personal bias.

And eighth blackbird brought their “Pierrot lunaire” to the Kennedy Center on Tuesday: a dark intense fully-staged cabaret reading of this seminal century-old work. Taken together, these reviews should briefly silence those readers who complain that I never seem to like anything.

Joan Reinthaler, meanwhile, heard the Kennedy Center Chamber Players in a strong performance of their own, playing a lively joke by Martinu, a long Romantic exegisis by Sinding, and Saint-Saens.

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