Alexander Buzlov, cello, and Veronika Ilinskaya, piano, performing at Lebanon's National Museum, Tuesday evening.
Photo courtesy of Al Bustan
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"Music at the Museum," as this concert was called, was part of the program of Al Bustan.Alexander Buzlov and Veronika Ilinskaya, the featured musicians, weren't playing reconstructed Greco-Roman tunes on period instruments but a program of sonatas bridging Europe's Classical and Romantic eras, on cello and piano, respectively. Fortunately Buzlov and Ilinskaya's rendition of Beethoven's Sonata No. 3 in A major, Op. 69, the opening number, was robust enough to carry the 10 meters or so separating the players from the back rows.This performance marked the cellist and pianist's first collaboration, a festival informant confided to The Daily Star. Their rendition of the Beethoven was brisk and spirited, enunciated with the clockwork precision of musicians who may be new to one another but know the music intimately. When Schubert calls upon his musicians to pick up the tempo partway through the piece, the lovely sonorities begin to verge on the muscular.So when the text uncharacteristically goes on to describe the two scenes the frieze depicts – an upper register of lounging Olympians and a lower register of mortal dancers and musicians – you ape the good empiricist.Buzlov and Ilinskaya conclude "Music at the Museum" with a spirited performance of Brahms' Sonata No. 1 in E minor, Op. 38 .
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