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April 1, 2007

Shaham’s Chamber Group Goes Flat

Filed under: Music,Review — tmyers2002 @ 4:06 pm

gil shahamAn evening of Brahms chamber music from violin legend Gil Shaham and friends got less than enthusiastic reviews. Newsday’s Justin Davidson reviewing the performance given by Shaham, violinist Cho-Liang Lin, violist Cynthia Phelps, cellist Lynn Harrell, and pianist Akira Eguchi (filling in as a last minute replacement for Yefim Bronfman) said the musicians “never really melded”. A less forgiving review by the New York Sun’s Fred Kirshnit called the whole affair “simply awful”.

According to Donald Rosenberg of the Cleaveland Plain Dealer, though, Shaham fared much better performing the Beethoven violin concerto in Cleveland. In his review he felt that Shaham achieved “the kind of suspended time few artists realize.”

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