“Wonderfully fresh” Barber as Gil bring the “concertos of the 1930’s project” to the New York Philharmonic

Now in its fourth season, Gil’s long-term exploration of iconic “Violin Concertos of the 1930s” recently returned to his hometown orchestra, the New York Philharmonic, when Gil performed play Samuel Barber’s example of 1939 under the direction of Alan Gilbert. According to the New York Times, “this vivid and sensitive performance the Barber sounded wonderfully fresh. Mr. Shaham played the main theme of the first movement, one of those soaring, majestic Barber melodies, with plush sound and affecting restraint. He brought warmth touched with impetuosity to the contemplative slow movement, and his dazzling account of the perpetual-motion finale had flawless precision and gleeful command.”