The live broadcasts from the Hess concerts always bring a mix of young performers; singers, instrumentalists, all at the beginning of their careers. All are very capable, but we don’t usually get to test-drive the actual event, because it’s live.
This week’s performance is “in the can,” as we say in radio. It was recorded yesterday and will be broadcast on Thursday night at 10:00 PM. Here’s an email exchange between this writer and Carl Grapentine:
From: Noel Morris
Sent: Wednesday, November 06, 2013 2:09 PM
To: Carl Grapentine
Subject: How was Hess?
From: Carl Grapentine
Sent: Wednesday, November 06, 2013 8:08 PM
To: Noel Morris
Subject: RE: How was Hess?
She has two degrees from Juilliard; DMA from UCLA. The Liszt opener was light and perfect. The main work was Beethoven’s Piano Sonata #31. But then the Ginastera “3 Argentine Dances” just tore up the joint! Wow!
This was her first recital in a year! Her baby just turned 1 year old and she’s returning to concertizing.
Highly recommended. You can hear it tomorrow night at 10.
Enough said. Tune in Thursday at 10:00 PM for this Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert. Available for podcast.