Top ten summer 2023 Aspen Music Festival encores
Daniel Trifonov (piano) - Debussy's "Clair de lune". Following an idiomatically informed performance of George Gershwin's jazzy “Concerto in F,” the encore was even better when Trifonov seamlessly blended Gershwin's style with Debussy's impressionistic harmonies.
Maxim Vengerov (violin) and Aspen Chamber Orchestra - Sarasate's "Havanaise". This duet was a rare and sweet treat, with Vengerov's virtuosic playing perfectly complemented by the orchestra's lush harmonies.
Renée Fleming (soprano) and Inon Barnatan (piano) - Jerome Kern's "All The Things You Are". This jazz-infused encore brought out Fleming's sultry voice and Barnatan's deft accompaniment.
Augustin Hadelich (violin) - Bach's Sonata No. 2 in A minor, Andante. This solo encore was a masterclass in Bachian perfection, with Hadelich's flawless technique and expressive playing bringing out the beauty of the music.
Yuja Wang (piano) - Stravinsky's "The Firebird". This virtuosic encore was a tour de force of speed and precision, with Wang's dazzling technique bringing the music to life.
Christian Tetzlaff (violin) - Bartók's "Rumanian Folk Dances". This energetic encore was a showcase for Tetzlaff's brilliant playing and his ability to communicate the joy of music.
Kyung Wha Chung (cello) - Saint-Saëns' "Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso". This lyrical encore was a perfect display of Chung's expressive playing and her deep understanding of the cello.
Gidon Kremer (violin) and Martha Argerich (piano) - Brahms' "Hungarian Dance No. 5". This playful encore was a delight to watch, with Kremer and Argerich's effortless virtuosity and their obvious joy in playing together.
Edgar Meyer (bass) and Christian McBride (bass) - "All Blues". This jazzy encore was a crowd-pleaser, with Meyer and McBride's virtuosic playing and their deep understanding of the bass.
Brentano String Quartet - Beethoven's "Serioso" Quartet, Op. 95. This rarely-performed quartet was a fitting encore for the Aspen Music Festival's final concert, a challenging and rewarding work that showcased the quartet's artistry.