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La Belle Musique
Steven Zynszajn on Violin
Steven Graff on Piano
Francisco Salazar on Violin
Gregory Singer on Viola
Avigail Arad on Cello

A. C. Pianocraft, Inc.
333 West 52nd Street
NY, NY 10019
Ask for Alex or Ted
(See a Showroom and Piano Restoration Tour
and Owner Interview at A. C. Pianocraft, Inc.

Dr. Roberta E. Zlokower
May 11, 2005


C. Saint-Saens: Violin Concerto No. 3, Op. 61: 1st Movement (Allegro non troppo)

L. v. Beethoven: Sonata for Violin & Piano No. 9, Op. 47: 1st Movement (Kreutzer, Adagio Sostenuto-Presto)

J. S. Bach: Partita No. 2 in C minor: Sinfonia, Allemande, Corrente, Sarabande, Rondeau, Capriccio

I. Albeniz: El Albaicin From Vol. III of Iberia

F. Schubert: Quartettsatz, Op. posth.: Allegro Assai

P. I. Tchaikovsky: String Quartet, Op. 11: Andante Cantabile

F. Mendelssohn: String Quartet, No. 2, Op. 44: Presto Agitato

La Belle Musique, with Mr. Zynszajn on violin, Mr. Graff on piano, Mr. Salazar on violin, Mr. Singer on viola, and Ms. Arad on cello, is a warm, vibrant, and exceptionally talented ensemble of musicians, who have trained at Juilliard and Paris Conservatoire, and who have performed at Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center. The first movement of the Saint-Saens Violin Concerto No. 3 filled the A. C. Pianocraft showroom and performance studio with acoustically rich sound and soaring spirit. Beethoven’s Sonata for Violin and Piano showcased Mr. Zynszajn’s 1681 Stradivarius violin, on loan from violist, Mr. Singer, who sells fine violins. Echoing passages built in volume, with tonal changes leading to windy, stormy musical motifs. Mr. Graff’s performance on A. C. Pianocraft’s 1909 restored Steinway showcased rapid, billowy keyboard effects, with a brilliance of sound rarely experienced.

Bach’s Partita No 2 revealed a new dimension to this rare piano, as auditory illusions of a harpsichord seemed to contrast at once with more dynamic, but still structured tones. The flowing resonance of this 1909 Steinway was remarkable. In the Albeniz El Albaicin, Mr. Graff, on solo piano, presented a more reflective, romantic side, with consistent clarity in rapid fingering, so intrinsic to this exotic work. The Schubert Quartettsatz was performed in driven, foreboding frenzy. Ms. Arad’s deep cello added depth, and Mr. Singer’s viola was both characteristically contrasting and buoyantly blended. Both Mr. Salazar and Mr. Zynszajn matched the momentum and mood.

Tchaikovsky’s String Quartet included mellow, melodic, repetitive refrains, while Mendelssohn’s String Quartet included rhapsodic and swirling music, akin to a ballet score. Kudos to La Belle Musique, and kudos to Alex Kostakis of A. C. Pianocraft, Inc. for this most elegant concert in a most elegant setting. This concert series includes a wine and hors d’oeuvres reception, following the performance. Call Alex Kostakis at 212.957.4594 for more information on upcoming concerts and for more information on his restored pianos and customized restoration process.

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Photo courtesy of Roberta Zlokower

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Photo courtesy of Roberta Zlokower

La Belle Musique, Inc.
Photo courtesy of Roberta Zlokower

Alex Kostakis at His Restored 1909 Steinway
Photo courtesy of Roberta Zlokower

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