Leila Josefowicz & John Novacek | Bennett-Gordon Hall, Ravinia Festival | Classical | Chicago Reader
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Leila Josefowicz & John Novacek The List (Music) Soundboard

When: Wed., Aug. 25, 6 p.m. 2010
Price: $10
Violinist Leila Josefowicz is a fearless advocate of new music. Much of her program with longtime collaborator pianist John Novacek isn't new, but it probably will be to many listeners. Their recital begins with Brahms's driving Scherzo in C Minor ("Sonatensatz"), a remnant from his joint effort with Robert Schumann and Albert Dietrich. Next comes the real meat, albeit brutally lean: Shostakovich's Sonata, op. 134. Josefowicz and Novacek recorded an astonishing performance of this late work in '06, not as relentlessly stinging as those of its dedicatee, David Oistrakh, but more varied and atmospheric. The second half opens with Stravinsky's inventive and vibrant Duo Concertant—a favorite of Balanchine's that he eventually choreographed—followed by the imploding minimalism of Erkki-Sven Tuur's "Conversio." Last is Schubert's unruly but gripping Rondo in B Minor ("Rondo Brillant"). —Steve Langendorf

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