Open your ears and let those Russian sounds in

Critic's Choice

Classical Music

January 19, 2003|By Tim Smith

Call it the Russian winter of Baltimore. Next month, the citywide Vivat! St. Petersburg festival will find musical groups large and small in a Russian mode for nearly three weeks. But you don't have to wait until then to feel a blast of Russian music and musicians. The Shriver Hall Concert Series will present three hotshot players -- Siberian-born violinist Vadim Repin tonight, accompanied by Moscow-born pianist Boris Berezovsky, today; St. Petersburg-born keyboard virtuoso Arcadi Volodos next Sunday. There shouldn't be an empty seat in the place for either recital.

Repin, who will be back in town to perform with the Baltimore Symphony at the start of Vivat!, is one of the most brilliant fiddlers around today, balancing a prodigious technique with keen musical insights. He'll play sonatas by Tartini, Grieg and Prokofiev, as well as Chausson's Poeme and Ravel's Tzigane, at 5:30 p.m. today.

With his flair for pyrotechnics and an equal level of poetic sensibility, Volodos has caught the public's imagination in a big way. He'll play works by Schubert, Liszt, Scriabin and Rachmaninoff at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 26.

Both recitals are at Shriver Hall, Johns Hopkins University, 3400 N. Charles St. Tickets are $33, $17 for students ($8 student rush tickets may be available). Call 410-516-7164.

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