Chloë Hanslip and Ashley Wass

on January 30, 2009
For a young (21-year-old) violinist, Chloë Hanslip has taken on some off-the-wall recording assignments. (John Adams’ Violin Concerto? Benjamin Godard’s? Not just Antonio Bazzini’s familiar Ronde des lutins, but a whole disc’s worth of Bazzini?) Her San Francisco Performances debut recital seems by comparison disappointingly old school: two big sonatas (Beethoven’s “Kreutzer” and Prokofiev’s F Minor), with Brahms’ C-Minor Scherzo and Karol Szymanowski’s arrangements of three Paganini caprices serving as garnish. All the same, such a demanding program can’t help but give an idea what she (and her pianist, a rising name in his own right) can do.

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