Passages cl/vc/pno

4 stars

"David Bellman and Ingrid Fischer-Bellman opened their Ronen chamber season – in a well-filled Wood Room – with both music composed in a Klezmer style and the actual, unadulterated stuff itself, the latter comprising the second half.

The Ronen's first half opened with Chris Rutkowski's three-movement Passages for Clarinet, Cello and Piano. Ronen first played this in 2004 when it was brand new. Rutkowski directs the third movement to open with a rhythmically repeated note with its D-string (just below middle C) damped by a right-hand finger - then later an E-string, creating yet another unusual percussive piano timbre (or color, if you prefer). I liked both and what went with it...the audience loved it all"

Tom Aldridge, "Review: Ronen Chamber Ensemble" Nuvo, Oct. 13, 2010

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