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Classical Notes: August 29, 2006 Archive

Dawn Upshaw News

Posted at 9:58 AM on August 29, 2006 by John Birge (2 Comments)
Filed under: The blog

Buried at the end of today's Minnesota Orchestra tour journal in the St. Paul Pioneer Press was the most significant news:

"Later, the news arrives that Dawn Upshaw, who canceled her plans to sing on this tour, has been diagnosed with breast cancer, which has been caught early and for which there are high hopes for thorough recovery."

I hope so too; she is a wonderful human being, and an incredibly gifted artist.

Complete article here.

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Menlo listening highlight

Posted at 2:58 PM on August 29, 2006 by Brian Newhouse
Filed under: Concerts

Schubert: Fantasy for Piano, Four Hands, in f, D. 940
Jeffery Kahane, Wu Han, piano
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I think Schubert must have had read some twisted, tragic story before sitting down to write this, because he's so clearly trying to do the same with this music. He tells it as a story in four movements—four chapters, if you like—but each one flows without a break to the next. Jeffrey Kahane takes the lower part, while Wu Han plays 'right hand.' Afterward Jeffrey was telling me how surprised he was at the power of this particular Steinway, especially the low end, and that if he'd had another set of hands he would've covered his ears! (see post Menlo: noisy world)

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