In San Fernando, Thunder and Song

From Incident and Light, October 28, 2013

An oddly bifurcated program, worthily performed, opened the 2013-14 season of the concert series with the very long name.

OK. Take a deep breath. Here it is: The Musical Bridges Around the World Judy and Jefferson Crabb Musical Evenings at San Fernando Cathedral.

The pianist Mei Rui was on her own for the first half, comprising two towering, often thundering works from the 19th century, Franz Liszt’s Sonata in B Minor and Ferruccio Dante Michelangelo Benvenuto Busoni’s (speaking of long names) transcription of the Chaconne from JS Bach’s Partita No. 2 in D Minor for Violin. Then she supported the Mexican baritone Octavio Moreno in songs by the Argentinian composer Carlos Guastavino and the Mexicans Maria Grever and Lorenzo Barcelata.

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