Avi Avital & David Greilsammer | Univ. of Chicago Logan Center for the Arts | Classical | Chicago Reader
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Avi Avital & David Greilsammer 

When: Fri., Feb. 20, 7:30 p.m. 2015
Price: $25, $5 students
These two Israeli musicians are both so well versed at making connections between disparate styles and sounds that their working together makes perfect sense. The remarkable pianist David Greilsammer erases the void between classical works separated by centuries on last year’s Scarlatti: Cage: Sonatas (Sony Classical), where he alternates between sonatas by Italian Baroque composer Domenico Scarlatti and pieces by American radical John Cage. Arguably the epitome of his output for prepared piano, the sonatas Cage wrote in the mid-40s use the simple AABB form mastered by Scarlatti, so the works share a common form despite their wildly divergent tonal qualities—clanging and discordant versus sweet and pure. Greilsammer’s sharp programming and deft interpretations expose both their friction and their similarities. Avi Avital focuses mostly on standard repertoire, but he bridges a different kind of gap by taking classics from the likes of Bach and Bartók and adapting them for the mandolin. On his brand-new album, Vivaldi (Deutsch Grammophon), he adapts works originally written for lute and violin, his fluid, dazzling technique and lightning-fast attack masterfully simulating the originals (the record also includes the composer’s Mandolin Concerto in C Major). The concert’s program features work by Bach, Mozart, Bartók, Berg, and Pärt. —Peter Margasak

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