All Things Great....
It is not often that one may attend two exceptional concerts two nights in a row, let alone find them easily accessible and free of charge. Amazing, yes, but it happened last Tuesday and Wednesday evenings, September 19 and 20, here on campus in the Great Hall when the C.W. Post Music Department had the honor of presenting pianist Michael Habermann and oboist Susan Barrett.
Mr. Habermann, a recent graduate of Post, has travelled extensively both nationally and internationally, and has given two concerts at Carnegie Recital Hall. Tuesday's concert, an all-Sorabji masterpiece was Mr. Habermann at his finest. His ability to build up both energy and intensity just to the point of breakage, let alone even play some of the world's most complicated piano music, is merely indescribable.
Mr. Habermann, who had to obtain the permission of 20th Century composer Kaikhosru Shapurji Sorabji before he could publicly perform any of his works, included six of Sorabji's earlier pieces in the program, namely two companion pieces, In the Hothouse and Toccata; Fragment for H.R.; one of Sorabji's 1922 Pastiches: Habanera from Bizet's `Carmen'; the Introito and Preludio-Corale from Opus Clavicembalisticum.
No words can approach description of the artist, for he is more than superb, more than amazing. Having witnessed Mr. Habermann in concert before, one can only say that miracles do occur more than once.
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