Violinist Itzhak Perlman on Thursday gave a recital in San Antonio that left no doubt why he is the statesman of his instrument.
At 72, Perlman is not slowing down but pressing ahead in his career. Thursday’s program presented some of the deepest, most difficult and complex pieces in the violin-piano repertory, chosen by Perlman just to see how well he could do them.
As always, the results were breathtaking for the sold-out audience of about 1,750 people. The concert was Perlman’s second at the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts, coming almost exactly three years after his 2015 show. Perlman owns several performance violins, one of them a Stradivarius. Whichever one he chose for Thursday’s concert was perfect for the focused H-E-B Performance Hall acoustics. Perlman was able to shift from soft and subtle to bold and fiery with clarity.