Jonathan Berger Première
"Classical musicians face enormous expectations when they play a standard repertory work. Listeners have strong feelings about favorite pieces, even when they are open to fresh interpretive approaches.
The stakes are even higher with a premiere. Performing a new piece becomes an act of advocacy to pull an audience in.
An example of this advocacy in action was the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center’s presentation of the New York premiere of Jonathan Berger’s “Rime Sparse” (Scattered Rhymes) for soprano, violin, cello and piano at Alice Tully Hall on Sunday. The performance was part of a program titled “Love Sonnets” that also included works by Franck, Ravel and Dvorak."
Read the whole review here: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/13/arts/music/review-the-hazy-mysteries-of-love-at-lincoln-center.html