Unformatted text preview: Concert Report On Saturday, January 26, 2008, I attended a classical performance at the Lotte Lehmann Concert Hall on campus at UCSB. Alexander Russakovsky, a UCSB graduate, performed on the cello with pianist Amber Shay Nicholson. For this concert, the two performers presented pieces from Ludwig Van Beethoven's Sonatas for Piano and Cello. I immediately recognized the composer's prominent name and was excited to listen to the sonatas that were to be performed. These pieces included a Sonata for piano and cello in "G minor, Op.5, No. 2," "C major, Op. 102, No. 1," and "D Major, Op. 102, No 2." The first piece of the concert was Beethoven's "Sonata for piano and cello in G minor, Op. 5, No. 2." I really enjoyed listening to this first piece of music, mostly because of how well the two instruments balanced out their playing. It never seemed as though either instrument was playing too much or too little. During the performance of the first piece I noticed a sort of call and response pattern between the two instruments, which reminded me of similar patterns I've heard in a few chants and other pieces we've studied. The melody overall throughout the song moved mostly conjunct, as the notes were played in a stepwise motion. I enjoyed the change in tone throughout the two movements of this piece which went from being very at ease with sustained notes to becoming very cheerful and lively. After the first piece, the intermission took place, and then Beethoven's "Sonata for piano and cello in C Major, Op. 102, No. 1" was performed. This sonata consisted of two movements that I thought were very appropriately named after listening to them. One example of this would be the first movement called "I. Andante Allegro vivace." I know `Andante' translates to `walking,' and just like the title, the piece starts out at a sort of walking pace and calm tempo. The tempo then livens up and becomes very vivacious, just like the title of the song describes. During the next movement of this sonata, I was more captured by the actual performers rather than the music they were playing. The cello player displayed a ton of emotion which connected with the tone of the music he played. As the second piece started with a slow tempo, the cello performer swayed left and right very easily, but as the tempo built his movement and energy did the same. This performance quality of the cello player made this classical music concert much more enjoyable than I had expected it to be. Overall, I honestly enjoyed attending this performance. It was my first one of that sort, and it was a great first experience that will definitely encourage me to see more. After seeing classical music performed live I can really appreciate the effort and level of skill it took for the virtuosic cello player and pianist to perform these difficult pieces. Furthermore, I enjoyed picking up some of the traditional concert etiquette, which at first seemed very strange. I'm looking forward to attending the next classical performance I come across. ...
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