Wednesday, January 18, 2006

Anton Kuerti in recital

Jeff invited me to a concert this evening. Anton Kuerti accepted an invitation from the St. Lawrence String Quartet (Stanford's ensemble in residence) to perform at a very small venue, the Campbell Recital Hall. The concert was last minute, having been scheduled only the week before.

In front of an audience of ~100, the acclaimed Mr. Kuerti performed Schubert's Three Impromtus (No. 3, No. 2 and No. 4) and his Sonata in C minor from memory. After the intermission, he was joined by Deborah Fong on violin, Barry Schiffman on viola and Christopher Costanza on cello for the beautiful Schumann Piano Quartet in E flat Major.

I can't describe how gifted Anton Kuerti is. CD Review has called him "one of the truly great pianists of the century," and after tonight I understand why.

1/31 Update: Stanford and the St Lawrence String Quarter have made some of their concert recordings available for free via iTunes. Download