A cellist with a future: Hans Kristian Goldstein
Of course it's insane to predict any musician's career, but what the heck. I say that cellist Hans Kristian Goldstein, the Peabody student who won the 2009 Yale Gordon Competition at the conservatory, will make it. He seems to me to have everything it takes to develop a career -- not just the raw talent, but the keen artistic impulses.
Oh yes, the Norwegian player, barely into his 20s, also has some marketing assets, which can't be discounted in the era of the superficial -- boyishly handsome looks and a rather evocative name.
Goldstein gave an impressive recital Sunday afternoon for the Music in the Great Hall series at Towson Unitarian; it also turned out to be a warm-up for a competition he has been accepted into in South Africa. That connection generated the sole contemporary item on the program, a brief, appealing, rhythmically propulsive romp by 35-year-old South African composer Bongani Ndona-Breen, "Jozi Dreamtime."
It would have been interesting to hear Goldstein tackle
A highlight of the afternoon was his lyrical touch in Schubert's "Arpeggione"; the wistful quality he generated in the subdued closing measures proved particularly telling. Goldstein was well-partnered in that work, as throughout the concert, by the ever-reliable pianist Clinton Adams. The two musicians caught the boldness and beauty of Beethoven's A major Sonata and tapped the romantic charms of some pieces by Schumann.
The cellist treated a Boccherini sonata as if it were fully on a Mozart-worthy level, and that's how it sounded, thanks to his warmly expressive nuances. Goldstein's bravura side found vivid outlets in pieces by Tchaikovsky and David Popper. The encore, Ernest Bloch's "Prayer," received an eloquent performance.
All in all, a most satisfying encounter with young, fresh, promising talent.
P.S. Goldstein will give a free recital, presented by the Shriver Hall Concert Series, on May 8 at the BMA.
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