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Andrew Kraus’ hands literally flew…
June 17th, 2013 by Andrew Kraus

From a blog posting, “Music, Music!” at Creatively Christina of a recital with Monica Harwood, Soprano and Yeon Jee Sohn, Oboe, at The National League of Pen Women, Pen Arts Center, in Washington, DC, of the music of An-Ming Wang:

What a treat! The compositions introduced Chinese pentatonic music. Andrew explained how the music contained lots of fourths and fifths, and played parts of the first piece, “The Flowers” to illustrate. Pentatonic music uses a five note scale – played on the black keys of the piano. (Debussy used a lot of fourths and fifths.)

Wang An Ming’s “Fantasy on Sakura,” the first oboe piece, was absolutely beautiful. Based on an Oriental folk song, the 2012 piece featured a melodic oboe over a complicated piano accompaniment.

Monica Harward, with her light lyric soprano voice, tenderly sang “Laudamus Te” which contrasted with the amusing “Dazzling Jewels” song about a woman who loved trinkets and jewels. Monica’s body language and facial expressions captured the mood entertainingly.

But Andrew Krauss’s piano virtuoso was incredible. His hands literally flew, crossed over and intertwined in the final piece “Sea Scape,” which was a musical visit to the stormy beach. He said was “a monster to play” – challenging and intricate, but beautiful…”.


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