Perlman makes us hear Mendelssohn with new earsFeb 16, 2014
Classical music critics have argued for almost 170 years whether Felix Mendelssohn's Violin Concerto in E Minor ranks among the greats. For me, the argument ended Saturday night at Belk Theater.
A sold-out house came to watch Itzhak Perlman play a one-night gala concert with the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra. They saw a master who has no need to impress and appears, at this point, to play only for himself. The gray-haired Perlman will turn 70 next year, and the closest parallel I can think of is Ravi Shankar in his latter days, hunched over his sitar as if it were an extension of his arms.
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