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Gil Shaham at Disney Hall: This sound did not need a film dimension
Gil Shaham at Disney Hall: This sound did not need a film dimension

Few scores in music history have spoken as eloquently as Bach's sonatas and partitas for unaccompanied violin. Completed in 1720, his set of three sonatas and three partitas are among the most intellectually and emotionally enriching works ever composed. So why did Gil Shaham feel the need to accompany these instrumental masterpieces at Walt Disney Concert Hall on Sunday night with nearly static slow-motion films by New York video artist David Michalek? Shaham, 44, has called his Bach project, in which he will perform all of the sonatas and partitas for unaccompanied violin, "my midlife crisis." As he traversed one of the most extreme challenges a soloist can face,...

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