Rembrandt Chamber players unearth some gems

By Alan G. Artner Chicago Tribune September 27, 2016 You could spend more than a half-century attending chamber music concerts in the Chicago area before encountering most of the pieces on Sunday afternoon’s recital by Rembrandt Chamber Musicians at Nichols Concert Hall in Evanston. To open its 27th season, RCM offered a salute to Russian[…]

Rembrandt’s season finale

Highlights from the Chicago Tribune’s glowing review of Souvenir of Florence, the final concert of Rembrandt Chamber Players’ 25th anniversary season: “Infectious verve, spontaneity and abundance of feeling marked Sunday’s tight collaboration” “Sunday brought the second live performance of Tchaikovsky’s sextet ‘Souvenir de Florence’ I’ve attended within the last two weeks. While the Emerson String[…]

Rembrandt Chamber Players open 25th season with eclectic program

“The piece is a real workout for piano and string ensemble and pianist Jeannie Yu was outstanding.” Vaughan Williams – Piano Quintet in C minor “Both musicians were in fine form as a team and individually.” Howard Levy – Sonata for oboe and pianoperformed by Robert Morgan and Jeannie Yu “The pieces were virtuosic and[…]

Rembrandt Chamber Players deliver superb performance of Dvorak masterpiece

By Lawrence A. Johnson Chicago Classical Review Among the handful of top works in the genre, Dvořák’s Piano Quintet places high indeed, worthy to stand with those by Schumann and Brahms. Born of frustration and a failed attempt to revise an unsatisfactory early quintet in the same key, Dvořák started from scratch and completed his[…]

Rembrandt Chamber Players offer an Augusta Read Thomas premiere

By Gerald Fisher Chicago Classical Review One of many itinerant Chicago-area classical ensembles, the Rembrandt Chamber Players puts on well-balanced, well-played concerts, often with a programming twist thrown in. For their debut concert at the new Logan Center for the Arts at the University of Chicago Sunday afternoon, the twist was Augusta Read Thomas’s Pilgrim[…]

The Best Jazz Concerts of 2012

By Howard Reich Chicago Tribune 2012 was a characteristically plentiful year in jazz performance, Chicagoans hearing a tremendous range of music. The best concerts, in chronological order: March 1: Tammy McCann at the Jazz Showcase. The majestic Chicago singer designed her four-night run as a tribute to the late tenor-saxophone giant Von Freeman. An exalted[…]

Rembrandt Chamber Players open with a bracing mix of past and present

By Lawrence A. Johnson Chicago Classical Review The Rembrandt Chamber Players’ season-opening program was a characteristic one, offering a Romantic cornerstone, a chamber arrangement of a 20th-century standard and a genre-traversing work commissioned by the ensemble. The concert took place Monday night at the Driehaus Museum on East Erie, a remarkable, painstakingly restored 19th-century gilded[…]

Rembrandt takes on Stravinsky, Marsalis

Chamber group delivers rare performance of classical-jazz merger by Howard Reich Chicago Tribune Fourteen years ago, a large audience crowded Orchestra Hall for the Chicago premiere of Wynton Marsalis’ “A Fiddler’s Tale,” a full-blooded jazz response to Igor Stravinsky’s “L’Histoire du Soldat” (“The Soldier’s Tale”). The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, with Marsalis on[…]

Rembrandt Chamber Players deliver exhilarating performances of rarely heard works

By WYNNE DELACOMA Chicago Classical Review The Rembrandt Chamber Players have been a lively, gifted ensemble since their first concert 21 seasons ago. Formed by some of Chicago’s leading musicians, they manage to find the sweet musical spot between the familiar and the unusual. The sense of discovery was high at Sunday night’s concert in[…]

Chamber brings new freshness to Mahler’s

By JOHN VON RHEIN Chicago Tribune The Rembrandt Chamber Players presented a fascinating rarity Sunday at the Merit School of Music’s Gottlieb Hall: Erwin Stein’s arrangement for small ensemble of Mahler’s Symphony No. 4. The concert launched a Mahler project that will include similarly pared-down transcriptions of the composer’s “Songs of a Wayfarer” and “Das[…]