With the Knights

“Violinist and Champaign native Gil Shaham joined the ensemble for a lean, bracing, and playful account of Prokofiev’s Violin Concerto No. 2. Shaham and Jacobson shared a common vision and an easy rapport, though the grins and mugging were occasionally distracting. Given the size of the ensemble, it was surprising to hear occasional balance concerns, most notably in the first movement. Shaham was most impressive in the second movement, coaxing a stream of lyrical outpouring from his 1699 “Countess Polignac” Stradivarius.”
—Michael Cameron, Chicago Classical Review, February 19, 2016