Tim Smith’s Review of Gleb Kanasevich, clarinet

On January 16, 2011, Music in the Great Hall proudly presented young clarinetist Gleb Kanasevich, the 2010 winner of the Yale and Peggy Gordon Trust Concerto Competition held annually at the Peabody Institute of Music. Gleb and several colleagues from Peabody, pianist Hui-Chuan Chen and cellist Dorotea Racz, played a recital to include Brahms Clarinet Sonata in F Minor, Op. 120, No. 1, Zanelle (a solo clarinet piece written by another young rising star at Peabody, composer Viet Cuong), and the epic work Lerchenmusik by Polish composer Henryk Gorecki.

Tim Smith reviewed the concert for his blog in the Baltimore Sun and had these glowing remarks:

“Each year, the long-running concert series Music in the Great Hall shines a spotlight on a recent winner of the Peabody Conservatory’s Yale Gordon Concerto Competition. It’s a good way to keep up with some of the talent being honed at that school.

Last season, cellist Hans Kristian Goldstein’s MIGH recital easily revealed what had caught the favor of the competition judges. And last Sunday, clarinetist Gleb Kanasevich likewise made it very clear why he received a Yale Gordon award.

Not surprisingly, Kanasevich demonstrated considerable technical strengths in the concert, which he shared with some Peabody colleagues. He offered plenty of expressive nuance as well, especially in the one standard repertoire item on his program, the F minor Sonata by Brahms.

The most impressive aspect to the program, though, was the program itself. Daring to close with a ruminative, often glacial 40-minute score by the late Henryk Gorecki was a particularly daring touch (I hope the concert series doesn’t get complaints from audience members). The first half, which included the Brahms piece, also had its contemporary side, thanks to a work by Peabody undergrad Viet Cuong.”

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