An altogether lovely day that started out touring the Michelangelo exhibit at the Met, then went on to the Rudin Museum and soaked in its meditative atmosphere (and heard a wonderful sound exhibit that reverberated throughout the building), and concluded at the Alchemical Studios, where cellist Matt Goeke performed his first (and hopefully not last) solo recital.
Matt started with one of the Bach solo suites – and that is hard to top. However, as the program went on, it kept getting better. The second piece on the program was a two movement work by a South American composer using only natural harmonics. It would have worked brilliantly in the Rudin Museum, as the harmonics do lead the listener into a meditative state, similar to Tibetan chanting.
One of Max Reger’s suites ended the program, gorgeously played by Matt. An emotionally intense ending to a perfect day.