Itzhak Perlman has refined the fine art of multitasking in the 21st Century. Wearing both a performer's and conductor's hat Sunday afternoon to an adoring audience at Jones Hall, Perlman showcased his virtuosity as the world's greatest violinist. And in a lesser known role, but an equally invigorating and entertaining one, he revealed his passion for conducting with a demonstrably visceral style.
Photo by Susan Wyatt Itzhak carried out dual roles Sunday in Houston
Perlman took his place as performer and conductor, but not before humorously inspecting his violin for potential foul play. After the crowd's laughter died down, Bach's Violin Concerto No. 2 filled the concert hall with a vital spirit all its own. A piece that required it to be played with skilled precision, the first part of the concerto, Allegro-Adagio-Allegro, exploded in the beginning with each performer pushing the piece's forte dynamic to its peak. A graceful contrast interrupted the bombast, and above the softened tones, Perlman magnified the solo's beauty. Violin Concerto No. 2 closed with the same vitality with which it began, galloping to its counterpoint until Perlman, with a charming grin, indicated to both the players and the audience the piece's end.More »