Joe Horowitz’s review of Dave Taylor’s performance of “Schubert Uncorked” with the PostClassical Ensemble is an entertaining read. Here are some of our favorite lines:
“Following a wayward trombonist at the piano is a lot simpler than chasing him with an ensemble in tow.”
“The sheer virtuosity of Taylor’s command of Schubert acrobatic showpiece was never in doubt – he can play it, and beautifully. But Taylor’s virtuosity is divinely wed to an idiosyncratic musical personality wholly his own. A lot of head-shaking and head-scratching followed that dress rehearsal.”
“None of us had anticipated the shock of “Doppelganger” in this context – it was Taylor’s first opportunity to open up and blast us full force. In the audience, bodies bobbed as if electrocuted. Watching the response of the musicians onstage was a rare pleasure: I have never seen members of an orchestra react as vividly, or visibly, to a soloist’s entrance as on this occasion.”
Not that we need extra incentive to hear Dave play, but Joe’s writing really makes us wish we had been in the audience.