Fall 2015 Concert Reviews

By Brian Potter on November 30, 2015

In case you missed them, here’s a summary of what our area critics had to say about the opening months of PCMS concerts.

More than a half-dozen 2015-16 concerts have been reviewed thus far, ranging from the Borodin Quartet with David Finckel (October 11) through the Gamut Bach Ensemble (December 16). We encourage you to check back with us as the season goes on for more reviews from our 30th Anniversary Season.

Borodin Quartet, frayed but still fine: David Patrick Stearns of the Philadelphia Inquirer on the Borodin Quartet (Sunday, October 11 at the Perelman Theater)

Supreme Masterpieces, Masterfully Played: Bernard Jacobson of Seen and Heard International on the Borodin Quartet

Heavenly DelightsBroad Street Review's Robert Zaller on the Borodin Quartet

Another Think-Fest from Jeremy Denk: Bernard Jacobson on Jeremy Denk (Friday, October 23 at the Perelman Theater)

Pianist Angela Hewitt ranges through Iberia: David Patrick Stearns on Angela Hewitt (Tuesday, November 3 at the Perelman Theater)

Three Days, Three Thought-Provoking Concerts: Bernard Jacobson on the Juilliard Quartet (Friday, November 6 at the Perelman Theater)

Warm, expansive, charismatic: David Patrick Stearns on Anne Sofie von Otter (Wednesday, November 11 at the Perelman Theater)

A Singer with All the Virtues: Bernard Jacobson on Anne Sofie von Otter

Philadelphia Chamber Music Society Presents Yet Another Superb Quartet: Bernard Jacobson on the Michelangelo Quartet (Thursday, November 12 at the Perelman Theater)

Beethoven, our Contemporary: Robert Zaller on the Michelangelo Quartet

Three Concerts Show Chamber Music of All Shapes and Sizes: Bernard Jacobson on Zoltán Fejérvari and Kuok-Wai Lio; the Elias Quartet; and Stefan Jackiw and Jeremy Denk (November 17-19)

Elias Quartet plays exquisitely: Peter Dobrin of the Philadelphia Inquirer on the Elias Quartet (Wednesday, November 18 at the Perelman Theater)

Making perfect sense of Ives' quirks: David Patrick Stearns on Stefan Jackiw and Jeremy Denk (Thursday, November 19 at the Perelman Theater)

Cecile Licad in American Piano Sonatas through the Centuries: Bernard Jacobson on Cecile Licad (Tuesday, November 24 at the American Philosophical Society

A Duo, a Trio, a Quartet, and a Lute Recital: Diversity Rules: Bernard Jacobson on Soovin Kim and Ieva Jokubaviciute; KLR Trio; Hopkinson Smith; and the Dover Quartet (December 1-6)

Night Pieces: Robert Zaller on the Dover Quartet (December 6 at the Perelman Theater)

Anonymous 4 in a Worthy Farewell Appearance: Bernard Jacobson on Anonymous 4 (Friday, December 11 at the Church of the Holy Trinity)

A Quartet Too Exciting for Its Own Good: Bernard Jacobson on the Parker Quartet

Bach ensemble building a name: David Patrick Stearns on the Gamut Bach Ensemble (Wednesday, December 16 at St. Mark's Church)