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Edvard Grieg's Sonata No 3 in C Minor for Violin and Piano Op 45 represents the fusion of Norwegian
nationalism and nineteenth century Romanticism. Although best known for his piano works, Grieg wrote
wonderful scores for string instruments (the Holberg and Lyric Suites, three string
quartets, the superb Cello Sonata, and numerous violin works). Gluzman played the songful Violin Sonata
with unaffected musicality and sensitive lyricism. He brought fiery intensity without exaggeration to
the Allegro molto ed appassionato -- Grieg at his most expressive. Gluzman's dark, throbbing tone
made every bar of the Allegretto expressivo alla Romanza a memorable musical experience. In the
concluding Allegro animato, he captured the Norwegian folk qualities of the music with zest.
Gluzman never neglected the score's grand line. Feldman's sensitive pianism brought musical depth and
color to the score. Ultra romantic music in a deeply committed, memorable performance!
Gluzman has always championed the works of twentieth and 21st century composers. (His dazzling
performance of Leonard Bernstein's Serenade for Violin, Strings, and Percussion with the Florida
Philharmonic under Joseph Silverstein remains a cherished memory.) He has recently recorded music by
Alfred Schnittke (1934-1998). Gluzman opened the concert with Schnittke's delightful Suite in the
Old Style. This neo-classical work (which also exists in an orchestral version) recasts themes from
the composer's film scores. Gluzman brought elegance and dulcet beauty to the score's opening
Pastorale. There was vigor and grace in the Ballet and Minuet movements. The witty Fugue was
dispatched with virtuosic abandon. Gluzman and Feldman captured both the classical grace and outrageous
humor of the final Pantomime. Here the music proceeds in seemingly classical proportions until suddenly
an out of tune chord interrupts the elegant flow. Gluzman made the most of these shocking moments --
Vadim Gluzman is a violinist of formidable gifts. He brings tremendous musical curiosity and creative virtuosity to a wide repertoire. A terrific musician! The Great Russian School of Violin virtuosos lives on!