October 17, 2010 |
The pulse of an incoming call waiting keeps breaking into our phone interview, so I offer to pause on hold. But Mark Tropea, the chef and owner of Sonata in Northern Liberties, doesn't flinch after a glance at caller ID. "It's a bill collector," he says. "They can wait for you. " Ah, that "wait" - for more customers, for enough momentum to turn a profit, for praise (or, failing that, just recognition that Sonata exists ) - it's a potentially numbing state of off-the-radar limbo that Tropea has refined with admirable determination.
August 4, 1989 |
Hyundai made an impressive sales debut in this country by putting an attractive Georgio Giugiaro body on stale Mitsubishi technology and calling it an Excel. Now, it has complemented that subcompact piece of day-old bread with a bigger, fresher loaf named Sonata. The Sonata is a midsize sedan aimed at the family bus buyer. It competes with midsize four-doors like the Plymouth Acclaim, as well as compact sedans like the Chevy Corsica, Honda Accord and Toyota Camry. As it did with the Excel, the South Korean manufacturer is pitching price with the Sonata.
February 7, 1991 |
Malcolm Bilson has been near the front in the search for the true sound of Mozart's piano music. The search is, of course, impossible, since central heating, the internal combustion engine, new diets, rising noise levels and advances in medicine have made it impossible to recapture fully the sense or sound of the late 18th century in Vienna. Bilson comes close, since he plays a handsome Philip Belt instrument, a re- creation of the fortepiano Mozart used, and has dug deeply into the keyboard performance practice of the time.
April 21, 1998 |
In this fiddle-rich town, Ju-Young Baek's recital Sunday afternoon made history of sorts - with the violinist's playing the complete solo sonatas of Eugene Ysaye. The program marked Baek's professional debut in Philadelphia; curiously, it also was the professional debut for the sonatas that Ysaye began composing in the late 19th century and which are considered a stunning bridge into the 20th. The Belgian composer was a remarkable virtuoso, pedagogue and champion of new music. His six sonatas make fearsome demands on interpreters, but Baek, a 21-year-old South Korean native and graduate of the Curtis Institute, made light of their technical requirements, playing with a poise that was always musical.
February 27, 1989 |
Joseph de Pasquale, principal violist of the Philadelphia Orchestra, gave a disappointing recital with Vladimir Sokoloff at the piano at Curtis Hall in Center City yesterday afternoon. For whatever reason, these two musicians, clearly capable of much better, just did not seem to have their hearts in the program, and their performances were both perfunctory and clearly under-rehearsed. The lion's share of their attention appeared to have been devoted to the long-winded and only intermittently convincing viola sonata of Arnold Bax, which dominated the proceedings both by its length and by its central position on the program.
January 16, 2014 |
A string quartet on a diet? A violin sonata on steroids? However you heard Monday's Philadelphia Chamber Music Society concert of music for two violins, it wasn't anything typical. What looked like an enterprising but oddball program of Leclair, Milhaud, and Kreisler at the American Philosophical Society turned out to be something that really needed to be heard. With their intensive, ongoing professional association, David Kim and Juliette Kang (respectively, the concertmaster and first associate concertmaster of the Philadelphia Orchestra)
March 26, 2014 |
Charting Beethoven's evolution from being the most genial guardian of the classical style to its executioner is an exercise done vividly and not infrequently through the string quartets and piano sonatas. But Peter Wiley and Anna Polonsky took audiences through the story from the vantage point of the cello sonata Sunday afternoon. Presented by the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society in two concerts at the American Philosophical Society, at 3 and 6 p.m., it was hardly a marathon (at least for the audience)
November 9, 1993 |
The Main Line cornered the market on extraordinary piano playing over the weekend when Richard Goode played at the Haverford School's Centennial Hall - and, then, over in Roberts Hall at Haverford College, Russian pianist Tatyana Nikolaeva made a much-belated debut appearance. Goode played Beethoven sonatas Sunday afternoon; the night before, Nikolaeva interpreted preludes and fugues by J.S. Bach and Shostakovich. With programs like that, how could a piano aficionado go wrong? Nor can you ever go astray listening to an artist of Goode's caliber.
February 1, 1988 |
Lambert Orkis, pianist, and David Hardy, cellist, brought to a satisfying conclusion yesterday a valuable survey of Beethoven's complete works for piano and cello, a twin program they began at the Ethical Society Jan. 17. Traversing the range of the composer's three periods, the musicians offered the early (1798) Twelve Variations on the theme "Ein Madchen oder Weibchen" From Mozart's "Die Zauberflote," his middle-period (1808) Sonata in A major (Op. 69), and the companion Sonata in C major (Op. 102, No. 1)
August 18, 1992 |
The Haydn Sonata in B flat major (Hob. 41) and Sonata in G major (Hob. 40) were intended for performance in the home rather than public venues, pianist Andrew Willis said during his recital Sunday night at the Laurel Hill Mansion in Fairmount Park. The sonatas have only two movements each, instead of the standard three, sometimes four. And their relative briefness and design for performance in intimate locales have led to their designation as "the sonatas for ladies," Willis said.