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Pinchas Zukerman and Marc Neikrug 

When: Sat., Feb. 28, 7:30 p.m. 2009
Price: $30-$75
Pinchas Zukerman turned 60 last July and is celebrating with a 2008-’09 season schedule that would be taxing for someone half his age. Some 40 years ago he burst from Juilliard as a violinist/violist without peer. He was a treasure, and his friends and colleagues—Casals, Stern, Barenboim, du Pre, Perlman—all recognized it. Is it unfair to long for the passion and brilliance of his early playing? Over the years he’s retained his gloriously rich tone, but said less and less with it. Pianist Marc Neikrug, his musical partner for more than 30 years, joins Zukerman in a dream program. First is Mozart’s Sonata for Violin and Piano in B-flat Major, K. 454, a gem among the late sonatas where the violin finally emerges as equal partner. Shostakovich’s staggering Sonata for Viola and Piano, op. 147, written as his life slipped away, really should end the concert. Toru Takemitsu’s “From Far Beyond Chrysanthemums and November Fog,” written for violin and piano in 1983, is an enchantingly atmospheric seven minutes, buoyed by the violin’s harmonics. Last is Cesar Franck’s irrepressible Sonata in A Major for Violin and Piano. With this fantastic program, Zukerman has set the bar high—now he must leap. —Steve Langendorf

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