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Steven Isserlis, Christopher O'Riley deliver dynamic recitals
Steven Isserlis, Christopher O'Riley deliver dynamic recitals

Over the weekend, two classical artists who can be counted on to have something to say through music, and say it dynamically, gave recitals in the Baltimore area. There was a packed house Sunday evening for celebrated English cellist Steven Isserlis, presented by Shriver Hall Concert Series. (Subscribers there perennially favor instrumentalists over vocalists; stellar soprano Danielle de Niese faced a smaller crowd last month.) The program was also packed -- with sonatas. It would have been nice to hear some shorter, perhaps even lighter pieces in the mix, the way recitalists mixed things up in the old days. But never mind. The music-making by Isserlis and Canadian pianist Connie...

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