The extraordinary violinist Rolf Schulte played the Cesar Franck Sonata last night at the Bloomingdale School of Music on New York's upper West Side.  It was the most remarkable playing of that great masterwork that I can imagine.  He was inside of every single note with his extraordinary bowing that expresses tactile connection with every aspect of every tone, from beginning to end, most notably the pianissimo ends that seemed gradually to vanish into pure vapor.
Rarely is such profound and entirely unsentimental lyricism heard these days.  Some of it is due to his beautiful instrument made in 1780 by Lorenzo Storioni, Cremona.  


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