Sheldon Person, viola recital 

Four stars
Northminster Presbyterian Church; Oct. 5

Sheldon Person is the newest member of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra viola section, and just days after beginning there, he gave his first recital in Indianapolis. Originally written for the arpeggione (six stringed fretted instrument that is bowed), Schubert’s Arpeggione Sonata covers the entire range of whatever instrument it is transcribed to, and Person played with ease in all registers, with a consistently rich tone. Toru Takemitsu’s A Bird Came Down the Walk for viola and piano was a colorful work reminiscent of Debussy. From ponticello playing (where the bow pulls as closely as possible to the bridge, creating a distinct sound) to stimulating harmonies, Takemitsu’s work created many images and moods. Brahm’s Sonata in E flat major rounded the evening out nicely. This was where Person really shone; I heard expressive, intense playing that made me forget that this work was originally written for the clarinet. Person was accompanied by an equally strong musician, pianist Tina Chong, and together they were a superb duo.

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