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Dvorák Sextet Highlights Talents of Individual Players at Portland

The Boston Musical Intelligencer, August 16 2010

Rebecca Marchand

...In the second movement, the duet between Cuckson and Elowitch navigated the emotional fluctuations of the piece with great finesse, allowing Cuckson’s beautiful tone (now fully realized) to fill the hall. The third and final movements showcased the performers’ amazing sense of ensemble in light of scoring that requires challenging individual versatility and musicianship. Violist Carol Rodland’s gorgeous thematic exposition in the finale paved the way for a remarkable set of variations that highlighted the energy and stamina of these six players. Often ignited with a spark from Cuckson that traveled through the sextet like an electric current, the ensemble brought symphonic intensity to the chamber work without forgetting the original medium. The Portland Chamber Music Festival is well worth the drive from Boston, featuring inventive programming and absolutely top-notch musical performances.