Isserlis and Gerstein bring the heat on a chilly Chicago night

 

CHICAGO CLASSICAL REVIEW

Isserlis and Gerstein bring the heat on a chilly Chicago night

Sat Feb 02, 2013 at 3:42 pm

By Lawrence A. Johnson

Steven Isserlis performed with pianist Kirill Gerstein Friday night at Mandel Hall

On the coldest night of this meteorologically bizarre winter, Steven Isserlis and Kirill Gerstein provided ample heat Friday night in Hyde Park.

The University of Chicago Presents program marked the return of the British cellist to Mandel Hall, and with both Brahms cello sonatas as the main attraction—and the extraordinarily gifted Gerstein as keyboard partner—even the freezing 3-degree temperature didn’t prevent a large crowd from coming out and packing the refurbished venue.

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