NY Times: Chris Thile Gives "Breathtaking" Performance in Carnegie Hall's Zankel Hall
Chris Thile's solo tour brought him to Carnegie Hall's Zankel Hall on Tuesday for an eclectic, sold-out set that featured music from his new album, Bach: Sonatas and Partitas, Vol. 1, and much more. "The most impressive musicians are often versatile, but few match the breadth of the brilliant mandolinist Chris Thile," raves the New York Times's Vivien Schweitzer. Of his performing Bach violin works on the mandolin, Schweitzer writes, "in Mr. Thile’s virtuosic hands, the results are breathtaking ... a revelatory reading, poignant and exuberant by turns."
Chris Thile's current solo tour brought him to Carnegie Hall's Zankel Hall in New York City on Tuesday for a sold-out set that featured music from his new album, Bach: Sonatas and Partitas, Vol. 1, as well as music by his band Punch Brothers, the Louvin Brothers, and more. The New York Times music critic Vivien Schweitzer describes his performance as "breathtaking," and the program's eclectic nature something one has come to expect from Thile.
"The most impressive musicians are often versatile, but few match the breadth of the brilliant mandolinist Chris Thile," writes Schweitzer in her review of the concert. "Even in an era when eclecticism is the prevailing aesthetic, Mr. Thile ... stands out for his novel artistic juxtapositions."
Writing of the mandolinist's performing such works originally written for the violin, Schweitzer says that "in Mr. Thile’s virtuosic hands, the results are breathtaking. His versatility is apparent in the remarkable range of colors and shadings he produces on his instrument; phrases unfold with myriad subtle gradations. There is also an alluring intimacy hearing Bach performed on the mandolin, a softer-spoken instrument than the piano or violin."
His performance of Bach’s complete Partita in B minor, she exclaims, was "a revelatory reading, poignant and exuberant by turns."
Read the complete concert review at nytimes.com.
Following last night's concert at the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia, Thile's month-long North American tour continues in Princeton tonight, followed by stops in Toronto, and Albany before heading South. He heads to Europe to tour in November. Additionally, it has just been announced that Chris Thile will be heading down to Australia in January for three solo shows as part of the Sydney Festival. For additional details and tickets, visit nonesuch.com/on-tour.
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