Friday, July 12, 2013
Chamber Music Northwest ventures into jazzy terrain with Grant’s “The Territory”
The first half of the program offered two jazz-inflected pieces that became bridges to Grant’s magnum opus. The first of these was George Gershwin’s “An American in Paris,” performed by the husband-and-wife team of Anna Polonsky and Orion Weiss in the version for two pianos. They played the piece impeccably (including some dynamite cutoffs) except that Weiss’s sound was often much louder than Polonsky’s. My experience may have been affected by the fact that my position in the audience was closer to Weiss’s position on stage, but the pianos were turned in such a way that balance shouldn’t have been an issue.