PARK CITY INTERNATIONAL MUSIC FESTIVAL, Wednesday-Friday, July 25-27, and Sunday, July 29. Concludes Friday, Aug. 3, 8 p.m., in St. Mary's Catholic Church (Highway 224 and White Pine Canyon Rd.) and Sunday, Aug. 5, at 8 p.m. in Park City Community Church (Highway 224 and Bear Hollow Dr.). Tickets are $20 for general admission, $15 for senior citizens and students, available at the door.
This past week saw the return of three artists who are among the most popular of the Park City International Music Festival's many performers.
Violinists Arturo Delmoni and Charles Libove and pianist Nina Lugovoy are among the finest chamber musicians performing today, and they brought the festival to a higher level with their incomparable playing and immaculate artistry.
The husband-and-wife duo of Libove and Lugovoy are an absolute delight to hear perform. They capture the heart and soul of whatever they play, infusing the music with a unique personality. They are true artists and consummate musicians.
Libove and Lugovoy were in top form Sunday evening in the Sonata in A major, op. 100, by Johannes Brahms. Their interpretation was finely crafted, nuanced and emotionally charged. They brought out the rich warmth of the music, and their performance was marked by a heartfelt sincerity.
Last Wednesday, Lugovoy was joined by Delmoni for an unforgettable performance of six delightful salon pieces. Delmoni is an incredible violinist, who brings fire, passion and tender lyricism to his performances. He's an amazing virtuoso and a wonderful musician.
Of the six pieces, Delmoni was particularly outstanding in the energetic "Hungarian Dance" in F minor by Brahms, arranged by Kreisler; the beautiful "Nocturne," by Sibelius; and the classically-structured "Preludium and Allegro," by Kreisler.
On Friday, Delmoni, together with cellist Scott Ballantyne and pianist Robert Moeling, gave an exquisite performance of Beethoven's "Archduke" Trio. The three artists were totally in tune with each other and consequently gave a powerful, decisive and compelling performance of this magnificent work.
During the same concert, Delmoni and Ballantyne joined forces for Kodaly's Duo for Violin and Cello. Both captured the zesty Hungarian mood of this piece in a performance that was spirited and full of vitality.
Russell Harlow, clarinetist and co-director of the festival, was nothing short of brilliant in two works this past week. First, in the Clarinet Quintet, op. 34, by Weber (where he collaborated with Libove, Delmoni and Ballantyne, along with his wife, Leslie Harlow, on viola), he showed what an extraordinary chamber musician he is with his engaging and disarmingly light-handed performance.
And in the Clarinet Trio, K. 498, by Mozart, which he performed with Moeling and Harlow, he captured the melodicism and tender simplicity of the music with his refined and elegant performance. Enhancing this performance, too, was that the three musicians supported and counterbalanced each other perfectly through their keen and delicately woven interplay.