GIL SHAHAM, VIOLIN
AKIRA EGUCHI, PIANO
Praeludium and Allegro (In the Style of Pugnani)
FRITZ KREISLER (1875-1962)
The Singing Turk Sonata # 2
SCOTT WHEELER (b. 1952)
Sonata in A Major
i. Allegretto ben moderato
II. Allegro molto
III. Recitativo-Fantasia: Ben moderato
IV. Allegretto poco mosso
CÉSAR FRANCK (1822-1890)
Partita No.3 in E major for solo violin, BWV 1006
III. Gavotte en Rondeau
IV. Menuet I, Menuet II
JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH (1685-1750)
Nigunim (Sonata No. 3)
I. Adagio religioso
AVNER DORMAN (b. 1975)
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ERIC AND GAIL SAKURAI
POST PERFORMANCE NOTES
LET’S RAISE OUR HEARTS....
As Gil Shaham and Akira Eguchi stepped onto the platform to perform there was an expectant but pensive air throughout the Chapel. During my introduction, I asked the audience while listening to the concert if they would unite their beating hearts to remember the tragedy here in Florida that had broken and silenced too many hearts the day before.
Quietly and without a word, Mr. Shaham lifted his bow to powerfully sound those strong opening notes of the Kreisler Praeludium and Allegro. The rhythm was set for our hearts and the concert. The timing could not have been more perfect as Mr. Shaham and Mr. Eguchi then presented and performed two new works by living composers, Scott Wheeler and Avner Dorman. The contemporary sounds required such agility and technical ability. The clashing sounds were at times for me most fitting for the week. The reassurance of the traditional Hebrew melodies wrapped in new sounds and rhythms by the Dorman Nigunim brought comfort and hope.
Hope’s timeless rhythms beat ever so clearly and strongly as Mr. Shaham performed the Bach Partita No. 3 in E major for solo violin. Knowing the Gavotte en Rondeau included on the Golden Record aboard the Voyager Spacecraft launched in 1977 was sounding forth gave us reason to look forward. The Franck Sonata brought beauty and the delightful encore of a chipper Rag for violin and piano closed the evening.
The program had been set and prepared months in advance. Who knew that each selection would be needed, appreciated and accompanied by our beating and hurting hearts. Thank you, Mr. Shaham and Mr. Eguchi for offering this heartfelt and beautiful performance.
Emma Mills Bledsoe
Gil Shaham, violin & Akira Eguchi, piano: Sarasate, Zapateado
Avner Dorman - Amazing Composition Nigunim (Sonata No.#) 2nd & 4th movement
Gil Shaham, violin & Akira Eguchi, piano: W. A. Mozart: Sonata for Piano and Violin in D, K.306
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