Reprinted from yesterday's late editions.
Annually, the Kindler Foundation presents a concert to honor the man who founded the National Symphony Orchestra. For each of these concerts, a new work is commissioned, and by now, on the foundation's 25th anniversary, it is an impressive list of compositions.
Monday night at the Textile Museum, cellist Stephen Kates and pianist Ellen Mack brought with them for its first performance "Facets" for cello and piano by Robert Hall Lewis.
The 18-minutes piece is in seven movements, but these movements really are the blocks of a large arched structure. In the center is a theme-and-variation set supported on both sides by solo movements, one for cello and one for piano in the manner of cadenzas. These in turn are framed by sections of considerable movement and direction, and the whole work opens and closes with brooding and introspective movements.
Lewis has exploited just about every imaginable technical device, sometimes with good effect, particularly where both piano and cello are involved, but often with what appeared to be little purpose beyond the device itself.
Also on the program was the Beethoven G Minor Sonata Opus 5 No. 2 and Rachmaninoff's Opus 19 Sonata, also in G Minor. The performances were generally capable but sometimes careless.