CONCERTS: New York ReviewYouth making its mark

By Harris Goldsmith November 1996

Bion Tsang played at Bargemusic on 16 August, on board a gently rocking craft anchored to the port at the Fulton Street Ferry Landing. With the unresonant acoustics, one was somehow able to focus entirely on Tsang’s excellent musicianship (and that of his able pianist Judith Gordon) in every ingenious nuance of Beethoven’s delightful Variations in E flat major on a Theme from Mozart’s Magic Flute and Grieg’s substantial Sonata for Cello and Piano. In Kodály’s fiendishly virtuostic Sonata for Unaccompanied Cello, Tsang played with accuracy and beautiful colouristic variety; more lubricating echo would, doubtless, have solidified the faultless expertise of Tsang’s nevertheless commanding performance.

Also in this issue of The Strad magazine: Harris Goldsmith’s review of Mr. Tsang’s Schubert/Schumann compact disc.