Itamar Zorman, Violin, Kwan Yi, Piano. Carnegie Hall. Review by Julia Pascal.


Two young stars were seen at Carnegie Hall tonight as they offered an eclectic programme.There is an easy camaraderie between Itamar Zorman and the equally gifted pianist Kwan Yi which transmits across the hall.

Zorman began the evening with Johann Sebastian Bach’s Solo Violin Sonata No. 3 in C Major.  His acute interpretation made Bach’s 1720 composition an almost post-modernism rendering.  Zorman followed this with Yi accompanying him in Alfred Schnittke’s Violin Concerto No.2 entitled Quasi una sonata.  Schnittke, who was working in thethe Soviet Union when he produced this in 1968, reveals a rebellious, idiosyncratic style with its clashing piano chords, sometimes -screaming violin and highly charged aching silences.  The 11 minute Hindemith Solo Violin Sonata Op. 31. No.1 is a virtuoso piece which shows off Zorman’s brilliant technique and authority.  Although Johannes Brahms’ Violin Sonata No.3 in D Minor, Op.108 was perhaps meant as the meatiest part of the programme, and certainly the energy of this work exploded into the audience, it was at the encore that Zorman was at his most relaxed.  His finale offered Joseph Achron’s 1911 gypsy like Hebrew Melody and his father, Moshe Zorman’s exciting 2011 composition Hora.  A fabulously rich evening which showed off the variety of these two great artists.

Julia Pascal © November 2014.