Joshua Bell has been described as a “poet of violin,” a title he confirmed with gusto on Saturday night at Bing Concert Hall. Bringing life and drama to a program that featured musicians from disparate eras, from Giuseppe Tartini to Igor Stravinsky, Bell ravished the sold-out audience in a show that lasted almost two hours.
Last Sunday afternoon, Bay Area violinist Gil Shaham performed an all-Bach program in Dinkelspiel Auditorium. The pieces he played–“Partitas No. 2 in D minor,” “No. 3 in E major” and “Sonata No. 3 in C major”–were ones he’s been playing for over 30 years, which explains the blistering speed at which he performed several of the movements.