gil shaham

KCMetropolis.orgNew issue of KCMetropolis.org today, and I have a one review:

Last Wednesday I braved the snowstorm to go downtown for violinist Gil Shaham‘s solo recital at the Folly Theater, courtesy of the Harriman-Jewell Series. Shaham performed two Bach partitas and one sonata, and Bolcom’s Second Suite for solo violin, which was composed specifically for him.

Shaham is a fun, dynamic musician to watch. He smiles, turns so every audience member will see him from different angles, and he even swayed along to one movement in the Bolcom. I found myself forgetting about the cold weather outside and losing myself listening to his treatment of Bach’s perpetual-motion lines and multi-layered phrases. The Bolcom was lyrical and playful, and there was some hushed chortling from the audience in spots… now, I will conceded that Shaham hammed up some of his harmonics and pizzicatos for humorous effect, but I wish that people didn’t default to giggling when they hear a newer piece on an otherwise “classical” concert. Just a little pet peeve of mine, sigh. Not that all music has to be serious or anything, of course! I don’t know, for me I just didn’t get a really “funny” vibe from the Bolcom, worthy of laughter. Still, I enjoyed Shaham’s recital overall. It’s always a thrill to see one of the masters in an intimate setting.

Read my full review at KCMetropolis.org: Solo suites after the snow

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