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  1. Kirill Wows Audiences and Critics in San Diego - Kirill Gerstein - Official website of Kirill Gerstein, pianist
    May 21, 2014 @ 9:33 am

    […] Ling last weekend to unanimous acclaim. Playing with “unwavering focus and ardor” (San Diego Story), Kirill’s performace was hailed as “an interpretation that was remarkably alive, that […]

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  2. Kraig Cavanaugh Kraig Cavanaugh
    May 21, 2014 @ 11:31 am

    Yes, I agree with Mr. Herman regarding Gerstein and the symphony rocking “Rach’s” 3rd, but I disagree with his views on the performances of both Arensky’s “Variations on a Theme by Tchaikovsky” and Stravinsky’s “Symphony in Three Movements.” These two sounded like the orchestra was overdosing on valium when they played them–especially the Stravinsky! The orchestra’s interpretation enabled one to hear Stravinsky’s brief main thematic passages, but the overall cacophony of sound was too loose. It is not one of Stravinsky’s greatest hits, but having heard recordings of Stravinsky, himself, conduct it, the performance should have more staccato, which gives it more gravity.

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