Classical Recording Foundation
Sixth Annual Awards Ceremony
Adam Abeshouse, Chairman
At Weill Recital Hall
(Carnegie Hall Website)
Vassily Primakov, Piano
CRF Young Artist Award
Justin Dello Joio
CRF Composer of the Year Award
Zuill Bailey, Cello
Simone Dinnerstein, Piano
Samuel Sanders Collaborative Artist Award
Dr. Roberta E. Zlokower
October 30, 2007
(See October 12, 2007 Review, Dinnerstein and Bailey)
Classical Recording Foundation (CRF) Mission: “To provide great performing artists and composers with an opportunity to record, release, and promote new classical recordings in a manner that captures ideal performances that define our era, by providing established artists with awards and new artists with grants.” CRF was founded to assist recording artists in the classical genre, who did not have the funds or wherewithal to preserve their works on CD’s. This is a philanthropically organized Foundation, which has now presented six annual awards ceremonies. Their recordings have garnered much recognition, and there are also eight sister labels, with whom CRF collaborates.
Onstage tonight, in addition to Adam Abeshouse, who welcomed the audience and announced the award winners, were: Zuill Bailey and Simone Dinnerstein, 2007 Samuel Sanders Collaborative Artist Award winners, who performed a Beethoven Sonata; Sophie Sanders, who presented the award to Ms. Dinnerstein and Mr. Bailey; Garrick Ohlsson, who performed a Justin Dello Joio Sonata; John Corigliano, who presented the Composer of the Year Award to Mr. Dello Joio; Vassily Primakov, who performed a Beethoven Sonata; Jerome Lowenthal, who presented the Young Artist Award to Mr. Primakov; and, once again, Simone Dinnerstein, who performed Bach’s Goldberg Variations, who was awarded a Recognition of Achievement by Adam Abeshouse.
Beethoven : Sonata in A Major, Op. 69
Allegro, ma non tanto
Bailey, cello, and Dinnerstein, piano
Dello Joio: Sonata for Piano (1987, rev. 2005)
Beethoven: Piano Sonata No. 32 in C Minor, Op. 111
II. Arietta: Adagio molto, semplice e cantabile
Bach: Goldberg Variations, BWV 988
Variations 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, Aria
On my second listening to the Dinnerstein-Bailey collaboration in Beethoven’s Sonata in A Major for piano and cello, I was taken with Ms. Dinnerstein’s effusive piano trills, while Mr. Bailey took his bow slowly in contrasting effect. The Scherzo contained quiet footsteps of piano and cello, followed by soulful accentuated poignancy. Repetitive swelling built fused momentum, as this duo creates chemistry onstage, anticipating each other’s notes and interpretations. In the Allegro vivace, Ms. Dinnerstein ignited the cello with her fiery piano passages.
The Dello Joio work was impressionistic with Mr. Ohlsson’s atonal, treble trills, accompanied by potent bass chords. Suddenly, whispering echoes and endless final notes caught my interest. This introspective and contemporary composition sparked my imagination, and I intend to explore more of Dello Joio’s musical inventions. Mr. Primakov performed the Beethoven Piano Sonata No. 32 with calm mastery and poise. His presentation seemed effortless, yet emotional, and the smoothly melodic Adagio molto theme evoked rapture and pathos.
Seven of Bach’s Goldberg Variations were set forth in seasoned brilliance by Ms. Dinnerstein, as she returned to Weill’s elegant stage, before shimmering chandeliers and classically designed blue, velvet draperies and hand-carved wall moldings. Ms. Dinnerstein had internalized these Variations with expression and ecstasy. Kudos to the Classical Recording Foundation and its presenters and award recipients.