Bach Sonatas and Partitas for Solo Violin

“Grammy award-winner and Musical America’s “Instrumentalist of the Year,” violin virtuoso, Gil Shaham, gave a brilliant, if not impeccable, performance of two Sonatas and two Partitas Dec. 1 at the Lensic Theater.”

“Here more exhilarating playing as Shaham’s  bow arm reminded me of a windmill as he superbly managed the incessant bariolage of rapid sixtheenth notes in the opening Preludio. This was followed by a stately, elegant interpretation of the Gavotte en Rondeau, the Menuets and Bourée which concluded with a spirited Gigue.”
Mary Helen Klare, LA Daily Post, December 13, 2015 

“Shaham’s approach, smooth and often whisperingly quiet, yet dramatic and spontaneous when required, suited the instrument beautifully. He played a great deal with dynamic shadings, which of course would be his own as there are no dynamic markings in Bach’s original scores.”
D.S. Crafts, Albuquerque Journal, December 6, 2015

“But if there ever was someone to take on Bach’s masterworks, it is the indefatigable Shaham.”
Hannah Edgar, Chicago Maroon, March 3, 2015

“It’s hardly news that Shaham is an impeccable violinist, one capable of bringing out the mechanics and the majesty of Bach in equal measure. Still, it was great to be startled all over again by the brilliance of his playing, the penetrating power of his interpretations…Shaham produced a clear and beautifully focused tone, even in the busiest passages. Intonation, despite the hothouse environment, held firm. Above all, he offered remarkable subtleties of expression.”
—Tim Smith, The Baltimore Sun, February 24, 2014

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