Jeunes Etoiles

Having just grumpily posted about a disappointing logic book, now for something the very opposite of disappointing …

The Gstaad Digital Festival has been streaming a series of concerts by young musicians, “Jeunes Etoiles”. The latest was a terrific concert by the cellist Friedrich Thiele wonderfully accompanied by  Elisabeth Brauss. They played Beethoven’s variations on Mozart’s «Bei Männern, welche Liebe fühlen», Schumann’s Fantasiestücke for Cello and Piano, and five Shostakovich piano Preludes arranged for Cello and Piano followed by his Cello Sonata Op. 40. All the Shostakovich was new to me and I was very taken with the music. All extraordinarily well played to my ears — and as you can see, the performers too seemed really delighted by how the short concert had gone. Here’s a link to them.

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