South Florida Classical Review: de Leeuw and guests serve up fascinating Hungarian program with New World Symphony

In Kurtág’s Double Concerto, cellist Matt Haimovitz joined Kretzschmar and two identical chamber ensembles. The work was anchored in the duo’s imitative lines, surrounded by clouds of spiky droplets in paired harps, celestas, mallets, and cimbaloms, large hammered dulcimers common in Hungarian music. In later sections, antiphonal brass choirs supplied complementary bombast to Kretzschmar’s enormous dynamic range and precise, frenetic fingerwork.

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