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Chausson's Concert with Ran Dank, piano

Chausson's Concert with Ran Dank, piano

June 22, 2012

Rubin Museum of Art

The Chelsea Music Festival

I wasn’t planning on going to this but the weather was scorching hot and a subway ride sounded too hard.  The Rubin was walking distance from the place where I stayed.  The concert was entitled “Debussy VI: Violin Daybreak” and featured Fanny Clamagirand, violinist (from Europe, maybe France) who has won a ton of awards, is young and wore a lovely dress.  It was one of those classical concerts -- really lovely but no fun.  I probably shouldn’t notice or say this but, with very few exceptions, the audience was older white people and younger Asian people.  The first piece was Debussy Sonata for Violin and Piano (1917); second piece, and my favorite not surprisingly, was “Rocking Mirror Daybreak” (1983) by Takemitsu performed by Augustin Hadelich and Emilie-Ann Gendron; third was “Solo Sonata No 5 in G Major” by Ysaye (1923) performed by Clanagirand.  During intermission I did run upstairs to the 6th floor to see their Indian Modernist exhibit. The final piece was “Concerto in D for Violin, Piano and String Qt (1891) by Chausson. This was lovely and I was really impressed by the pianist, Ran Dank, who stepped in at the last minute and learned this difficult piece is just a few days. I did run upstairs to the 6th floor to see their Indian Modernist exhibit. The final piece was “Concerto in D for Violin, Piano and String Qt (1891) by Chausson. This was lovely and I was really impressed by the pianist, Ran Dank, who stepped in at the last minute and learned this difficult piece is just a few days.