by Jarrett Hoffman
The Local 4 Music Fund continued its “Tuning In” series on December 17 with an engaging, emotionally wide-ranging program of piano quintets, streamed live from the Steinway Piano Gallery of Cleveland.
The opener was Amy Beach’s Op. 67 (1907), a late-Romantic showcase of powerful and direct expressiveness. The closer was Dmitri Shostakovich’s intense but close-to-the-vest Op. 57 (1940). And in between was Eric Charnofsky’s 5 by 5 (2011), in one respect a hybrid of those other styles of musical communication: sometimes overtly emotional, but often exhibiting a coolness in its leaping gestures and its glassy harmonies.