Arnaud Sussmann & Michael Brown
Dvorak: Sonatina in G Major, Op. 100
Before the piece de resistance of the evening, the ticket-holders were fortunate to be invited to enjoy an amuse-gueule in the form of a pre-concert recital in the Avery fisher Hall by two young but already very busy former Juilliard students. The program consisted in one 20-minute sonatina by Dvorak, band it was a lovely way to cool off and get in the mood for the meatier fare served a little bit later.
The sonatina turned out to be a more impressive work that its diminutive title had led me to believe, and the two musicians made sure to convey its limpid simplicity with sensitivity and brio. It was light, but stood on its own, the perfectly little triffle that is engaging enough to linger, but not heavy enough to overwhelm. Onward and forward!