Cello master at Shriver Hall recital

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October 24, 2002|By Tim Smith

If the name Pieter Wispelwey doesn't ring a bell, it should - loudly and clearly - after you catch his recital for the Shriver Hall Concert Series this weekend. The Dutch cellist has emerged over the past decade or so as an unusually imaginative artist, forever rethinking music of the past and happily, incisively exploring the music of today.

Wispelwey will tackle all five of Beethoven's cello sonatas in this visit, accompanied by pianist Dejan Lazic. It's a great opportunity to dig into a major portion of the cello repertoire, with a telling guide leading the way. The sonatas provide effective mileposts for various points in Beethoven's creative life, from his early, new-kid-on-the-block days to his years of anguish over deafness and other personal problems.

The Wispelwey visit, part of a U.S. tour that includes stops in Chicago and New York after Baltimore, comes on the heels of the artist's latest recording - violin sonatas by Brahms and Franck, transcribed for cello. This disc, released on Channel Classics and featuring piano accompaniment by Paolo Giacometti, offers terrifically vivid performances that capture Wispelwey's stellar technique and refreshing musicality.

The all-Beethoven recital takes place at 7:30 p.m. Sunday at Shriver Hall, the Johns Hopkins University, 3400 N. Charles St. Tickets are $27, $14 for students. Call 410-516-7164.

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