"Three and a half stars

Christel DeHaan Center; Feb. 26.

As part of UIndy’s Faculty Artist Series, Hidetaro and Zeyda Ruga Suzuki returned to complete their cycle of the 10 Beethoven violin sonatas, played in sequence. So, this time we heard the final three, No. 8 in G, Op. 33 No. 3, No. 9 in A, (“Kreutzer”), Op. 47 and No. 10 in G, Op. 96. Of these, the most famous is, of course, the “Kreutzer,” and the most beautiful is the first movement of No. 10, picking up where the composer’s Fourth Piano Concerto left off. The Suzukis, as a husband and wife team, dominated locally-produced chamber music for the last two and a half decades with their Suzuki and Friends series. They’ve revived it this spring with three concerts beginning March 13 at the Indianapolis Art Center. Regrettably, they are now visitors, as they’ve relocated to Virginia to be closer to their sons and their families. As for the three violin sonatas, we heard that same Suzuki “sound” — Hidetaro with those lovely sustained tones and Zeyda with her impeccable legato touch — that became so memorable over the years they were under International Violin Competition of Indianapolis sponsorship.

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