Another delight from the first season was Bohuslav Martinu’s Three Madrigals for violin and viola. Danilow and Delmoni delivered the joy of this quirky 20th century work with spirit and lyricism. The middle one, Poco andante; andante moderato, was a uniquely beautiful mix of haunting expressiveness and passion.
Sanders and Kim opened the program with Robert Schumann’s Fantasy Pieces, Op. 73. Sanders’ warm lyricism was both matched and punctuated by Kim’s sensitive and rhapsodic playing. In a tribute to his 98-year-old father, missing the festival for the first time, Sanders and Kim played Maurice Ravel’s “Pièce en forme de Habanera,” a delightful quirky work performed charmingly.
All performances, except where indicated, take place in Chandler Center for the Arts, 71-73 Main St., in Randolph. For tickets, call 802-728-6464, or go online to www.chandler-arts.org. For information, visit www.centralvtchambermusicfest.org.
Something of a piano concerto, the performance benefited from lyrical playing and the beautifully articulated expressiveness of pianist Adrienne Kim, a newcomer to the festival who also teaches at Weston’s Kinhaven Music School. Although she missed some of the percussive possibilities that can punctuate the work, Kim was the anchor of the performance.
The Central Chamber Music Festival has earned its place as one of Vermont’s finest music festivals. And that’s saying something.
A quarter of a century ago, New York City Ballet cellist Peter Sanders began bringing his musician friends to Vermont at the end of each summer to do something they seldom had the time for in the city; play chamber music together. Sanders was already part of the community — his family summered here, beginning in his youth — and it wasn’t long before his Central Vermont Chamber Music Festival was an integral part of Randolph culture.