John Chen with the T’ang Quartet play Schnittke Piano Quintet; Gao Ping Mei, Lan, Zhu, Ju; and Dvorˆák Piano Quintet.
The quintet played wonderfully these contrasting works — and that contrast was entertaining in itself. Gao Ping’s new work had a wonderful range of references and echos from West as well as East and is very fine. Having explained the origins for his inspiration in the 4 symbolic Chinese plants, plum blossom, orchid, bamboo and chrysanthemum, and their characters, he then invited us to ignore all he’d said and let the music speak to us in whatever way we and it chose.
Christopher Herrick plays works by Bach, Brahms, Dupre, Hollins and Rinck.
We decided it was way beyond time that we actually heard the Town Hall organ! A terrible confession that we’d never heard it before now, it having been there only 10 years. These pieces were much varied selection — apt i guess for a Sunday afternoon concert. The organ is impressive of course, and now it would be great to hear a set of really fine and coherently chosen pieces.