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Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2013

Mazmanian quartet spans flamenco through Sabre Dance

 One of the showpieces on the Mazmanian Family’s latest CD, Folk Spirit, is Brahms’ signature number, Hungarian Dance No. 5. The wild abandon bursting from passages of aching restraint, the Gypsy fury of the dance, is characteristic of the Mazmanian repertoire. The quartet spans the
Thursday, Feb. 24, 2011

Beethoven Symphony No. 5/Piano Concerto No. 4 (SFS Media)

The voice of God opening of Beethoven’s 5th is among the most familiar pieces of music in the world, and in this recent recording, the music that follows never falls slack. Under conductor Michael Tilson Thomas, the San Francisco Symphony is rhythmically strong, neither florid nor merely accurate in its reading...