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Gil Shaham

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Gil Shaham press reviews

.Fanfare Review of Sarasate (Jan-Feb 2010,USA)
15 June 2010

Gil Shaham’s performances of Sarasate’s music (televised in PBS’s “At the Penthouse” series—Shaham’s performance from November 2008) and his appearances at the "Sarasateada" in Valladolid 2008 should perhaps have led listeners to expect this program of Sarasate on Shaham’s label, Canary.The Carmen Fantasy, Zortzico, Zigeunerweisen, and Navarra, with orchestra, all come from live performances at the 2008 festival, and he also recorded the other pieces, with piano, at Valladolid.

In the Carmen Fantasy, Shaham offers a hot-blooded brand of Sarasateana, with headlong, impassioned virtuosity.

LOS ANGELES TIMES - Gil Shaham is drawn to works from the 1930s
15 June 2010

Violinist's repertory focuses on works by Stravinsky, Bartók, Berg, Schoenberg, Prokofiev and others who wrote in that era.

By David Mermelstein

Unless you happen to be David Letterman, little of value tends to come from making top 10 lists. But violinist Gil Shaham has lately turned this common time-waster into something of a consuming passion, and music lovers are the beneficiaries.

One of the era's star fiddlers, Shaham began musing about his favorite 20th century violin concertos at the turn of the millennium.