A cellist’s impressive debut and a neglected American composer at Grant Park Music Festival

Harriet Krijgh performed Haydn’s Cello Concerto in C major at the Grant Park Music Festival.

…Harriet Krijgh has been making the rounds of major U.S orchestras in recent seasons, and the young Dutch cellist served up a notable local bow in music of Haydn.

Like many early Haydn concertos, his Cello Concerto in C major has feet planted in two musical eras. The first movement’s stately ripieno alternation is a vestige of Baroque style while the slow movement and bravura finale point the way forward to the Classical, and even Romantic eras.

Krijgh possesses a remarkable technique, which remained intact even on a moist, humid evening, and she performed with faultless intonation and even articulation. It certainly didn’t hurt to be playing Haydn’s concerto on a magnificent, nearly 500-year-old instrument; her 1620 Giovanni Paolo Maggini cello, on private loan, offered striking richness and depth with a wide range of tonal hues…

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Source: chicagoclassicalreview.com

Photo: Norman Timonera