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Music in Washington: this was the week that was

Joan Reinthaler was captivated by Eliza Garth’s performance of John Cage this past week. (Courtesy of Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center.) (Bruno Murialdo/Bruno Murialdo)

Charles T. Downey reviewed the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra debut of the conductor Markus Stenz, who did a nice job leading Rebel with a modern orchestra, but failed to convince the reviewer about Schumann’s D minor violin concerto (with Kolja Blacher as soloist).

The Cage centennial continues to make itself felt. Joan Reinthaler enjoyed Eliza Garth’s performance of the Sonatas and Interludes for Prepared Piano.

The Bel Cantanti Opera has taken its knocks at the hands of Post reviewers in the past, so I was happy to see how much Robert Battey appreciated the company’s Barber of Seville (which has additional performances this Saturday and Sunday).

Battey was less sanguine about the Jupiter Quartet, which he says has hit a plateau. But he enjoyed the concert given under the rubric “Pamela Frank and Friends” at the Library of Congress, which offered some fine ensemble playing — not a foregone conclusion with a pick-up group.

Stephen Brookes was happy to hear the Slovenian guitarist Mak Grgic play Sylvius Leopold Weiss at his National Gallery recital with Stephen Ackert. (I can’t say Weiss was particularly on my radar before this review, but now I’m curious.)

Brookes also lauded the Latin American program the Sphinx Virtuosi offered at the Terrace Theater.

I didn’t even manage to post my own review of the Sretensky Monastery Choir, which came in from Moscow to give two performances at the start of a U.S. tour.

Above: The Sretensky Monastery Choir, presented in a rather choppy and poorly synched promotional video that at least gives a flavor of the experience.



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