|Ari Livne and Takaoki Onishi|
The event was a recital of collaborative piano with Ari Livne at the piano, working sensitively with three different artists in an all Brahms program. He was joined by the excellent Matthew Lipman on viola for the Sonata for Viola and Piano in E-flat Major, Op. 120 #2. In the Allegro amabile, piano and violin were equally melodic. But it was in the Allegro appassionato that we were swept away. The familiar melody seems like a folk song begging for words and the rapid switches between major and minor played havoc with our emotions. One wonders how Clara was able to resist!
Mr. Livne was joined by the fine clarinetist Jonathan Cohen for the Sonata for Clarinet and Piano in f minor, Op. 120, #1. The first movement was tempestuous and the second melancholy. It was a fine performance.
Mr. Livne also had the opportunity for some solo playing in Vier Klavierstücke, Op. 119, comprising three Intermezzi and one Rhapsody. The variations in mood and color were, well, music to our ears. Gentle dreamy melodies gave way to frisky rhythms. The closing Rhapsody in E-flat Major was energentic and forceful. It was a most satisfying evening of music.
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