The Cliburn opened its Beethoven at 250 festival with some surprises, and fantastic playing.
by J. Robin Coffelt, TheaterJones

This year’s Cliburn Festival celebrated Beethoven at 250. It included five chamber music concerts in four days, all at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth. They featured members of the Verona Quartet, both collectively and separately; pianists Kenny Broberg, Sean Chen, and Filippo Gorini; baritone David Grogan; and violinist Chloé Trevor. Each concert reflected a mood. The first, “Optimism,” began with the cheery trifle that is the Sonata for Piano Four Hands in D Major. In the four hands of Broberg and Chen, it was expressively and charmingly played.


Wrapping up the program, Broberg offered a delicate expressiveness in the first, slow movement of the piano sonata, brought some brio when called for in the second, and demonstrated his ample technique in the third. In a world of heavy-handed pianists, Broberg delivers a welcome contrast of contemplative musicality.

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