Three sonatas by Alessandro Scarlatti, Robert Schumann's "Traumerei" and Chopin's "Andante Spianato and Grande Polonaise," Op. 22, were incorrectly identified in yesterday's review of pianist Coleman Blumfield. (Published 11/7/90)
Judging by the performance pianist Coleman Blumfield Saturday in the second of four Kennedy Center Family Concerts in the Terrace Theater, the concerts are well worth anyone's attention. Blumfield, who explained each selection, took pains to choose lively and entertaining pieces spanning the past two centuries. A trio of good-humored etudes by Scarlatti opened the program, and Schumann's fanciful and often pensive "Scenes From Childhood" followed, featuring the famous "Traimerie" and "From Foreign Lands and People."
Next, as exemplary of the 20th century, the pianist chose the strife-torn Prokofiev Sonata No. 7. Written during World War II, the music is alternately aggressive and morbid, and Blumfield performed with style and finesse.
The children in the audience eagerly returned after the intermission for the noble Chopin Polonaise Op. 22 (preceded by a lyric Spinato section) and Liszt's Scherzo and March. This last work is chock-full of Lisztian devils and virtuosity, a showpiece for the pianist. Blumfield's strength, like that of his teacher Horowitz, lies in the Romantic repertory, showing refinement and feeling in the slow parts and stormy fervor in faster sections. The artist's encore, his own rendition of Sousa's "Stars and Stripes Forever," delighted the matinee audience.
Other Family Concerts are scheduled for Jan. 26 and March 9.