IVCI Laureate Series 

Four stars

Indiana History Center; June 10

Last Sunday, a nearly full IHC Basile Theater saw the first appearance of two native Taiwanese musicians — violinist Robert Chen and pianist Meng-Chieh Liu — for the International Violin Competition of Indianapolis’ concluding Laureate concert, a “concertmaster” program. Chen is the current concertmaster of the “well-known” Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Liu, 35, a recipient of an Avery Fisher Career Grant, has been a faculty member of Philadelphia’s Curtis Institute since 1993. Both players gave us burnished, well-polished accounts of works by Debussy, Schubert and Beethoven. We first heard Debussy’s last work, his Violin Sonata in G Minor, written shortly before his death in 1918. Completely unknown to me, Schubert’s late-written Fantasia in C for Violin and Piano, D. 934, followed. Whereas Beethoven’s too-well-known, excessively played Violin Sonata in A, Op. 47 (“Kreutzer”) ended the program. Though filled with the repetitive measures and note-spinning which are characteristic of the mature Schubert, D. 934 pulled me into his melodic orb and I just didn’t care about anything else. Liu interestingly made the first use I’ve seen of a piano score replaced by a flat computer display, scrolling the notes past as he played them. Page turners: Forget your résumés

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