I will make the following categorical statement about Beaser's music: there is not a note that doesn't need to be there and there is an inevitability present that is overpowering.
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A century and a half ago, you would not have heard extraordinary Schubert pieces except in the homes of musical friends. I doubt you would have heard performances as impassioned as those of David Finckel, Wu Han and Philip Setzer.
Wynton Marsalis received
France’s highest distinction last week in New York – the insignia of chevalier
of the Legion of Honor, an honor t...
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