Critic’s Choice

By Lawrence Budmen

Tokyo String Quartet

For over four decades the Tokyo String Quartet has been in the top echelon of chamber music ensembles, especially renowned for its performances and recordings of the quartets of Beethoven and Bartok. Over the past fifteen years, the group has gone through several changes of first violin and, with the coming retirement of its longtime second violinist  and violist, the Tokyo has decided to disband. Now embarked on a lengthy farewell tour, the foursome will give their final South Florida performances 2 p.m. Sunday at the Kravis Center in West Palm Beach and 8 p.m. Tuesday for Friends of Chamber Music  at the University of Miami’s Gusman Concert Hall. The Kravis program features Mozart’s Quartet in D major,  Kodaly’s Quartet No. 2 and Brahms’ Quartet No. 1. At Tuesday’s  concert,  Beethoven’s Quartet in F minor (Serioso) and Bartok’s Quartet No. 6 share the program with Mendelssohn’s Quartet No. 2 in E minor in what should be a nostalgic and emotion-filled evening. 800-572-8471, kravis.org; 305-372-2975, miamichambermusic.org.

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In 2007 pianist Simone Dinnerstein created considerable excitement with her self-produced recording of Johann Sebastian Bach’s Goldberg Variations, issued by Telarc records. Her lyrical, introspective interpretation seemed as revolutionary to some as Glenn Gould’s vivacious version was in the 1950′s. Dinnerstein plays the Goldberg Variations, which has become her  signature piece, 5 p.m. Sunday at the Arsht Center in Miami. 305-949-6722; .arshtcenter.org.


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