By Joe Amarante | New Haven Register
A 75-minute drive to the hills of western Connecticut, the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival begins its summer run of chamber music for the 74th time this week, presented by the Yale School of Music and including internationally known ensembles and chamber musicians alongside students and young professionals.
At 8 p.m. Friday at the Norfolk Festival Music Shed, pianist Boris Berman and Norfolk Festival Artists and Fellows will perform Mozart’s “Quintet for Piano and Winds” (which Mozart considered to be the best work he ever composed), as well as his “Adagio and Rondo for Glass Harmonica.” Also on the program is Franck’s “Piano Quintet.”
On Saturday (after a 10:30 a.m. Young Artists Presentation that is free), the 8 p.m. show will feature the Artis Quartet from Vienna, regulars at Norfolk in recent years, will perform Mozart’s “Hunt” Quartet. After intermission, the quartet returns to the stage along with tenor James Taylor to perform one of the most moving and powerful pieces in all of chamber music: Haydn’s “Seven Last Words of Christ.”