Newspaper article Sarasota Herald Tribune

At Artist Series Concert, Cellist Channels Casals

Newspaper article Sarasota Herald Tribune

At Artist Series Concert, Cellist Channels Casals

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MUSIC REVIEW

Cellist Amit Peled is__ no stranger to Sarasota__ audiences. Artists Series__ Concerts presented his__ "Tempest Trio" last season,__ and I had the privilege to__ review his performance__ in the Sarasota Concert__ Association Series with the__ North German Orchestra__ in 2012. At that time I noted__ his "full-bodied tone infused__ with great character and__ presence." This was all the__ more true this time around__ in a solo recital accompanied__ by pianist Noreen Cassidy-__ Polara on the Historic Asolo__ Theater stage. The difference__ this time was that__ instead of performing on__ a rare Guarneri cello as he__ had then, Peled held in his__ hands the same Goffriler__ cello, circa 1733, which__ Pablo Casals performed on__ for most of his career.__ It's hard to imagine__ anyone who would not recognize__ Pablo Casals as one__ of the greatest cellists of the__ 20th century, if not of all__ time. However, it was a clear__ testament to Peled's own__ gifts, along with the seam-less__ partnership with Polara,__ that he, not the famous__ instrument, was producing__ the beautiful music that__ brought some to tears.__ The program was a reproduction__ of a recital that__ Pablo Casals presented 100__ years ago at the Peabody__ Conservatory in Baltimore.__ The "Sonata in G Minor"__ by Handel was a grand and__ elegant introduction that__ showcased the impeccable__ Baroque sensibilities of both__ musicians. This was also our__ first taste of the combined__ voice of cellist Peled and the__ former "beloved friend"__ cello of Casals. Was it my__ imagination or my fervent__ wish to have heard Casals__ in the music? Wherever it__ came from, it was sublime.__ Peled performed the entire__ program from memory, and__ it seemed as if he channeled__ the music in all its purity__ straight from the source.__ The steak, the centerpiece__ of the evening, was a captivating__ delivery of "Suite No. …

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