July 21, 2017
The OC Register Reviews Orli Shaham with the Pacific Symphony
Orli Shaham
Orli Shaham

By PAUL HODGINS

Pianist Orli Shaham, a familiar face at Pacific Symphony (she has run the Café Ludwig chamber series for the last decade), is an exquisite Mozart interpreter. She indulges in a little more rubato than usual, but her choices always make superb sense, and her soft-edged tone is perfect for Mozart.

St.Clair and the orchestra provided dutiful accompaniment, but the strings sometimes lacked the pristine clarity that Mozart requires. It’s not an easy quality to master, but O.C. audiences got to hear the Academy of St Martin in the Fields demonstrate it during the ensemble’s recent Soka University appearance.

Shaham, for her part, got the standing ovation she deserved, and she treated us to an achingly beautiful encore: Russian pianist Alexander Siloti’s transcription of J.S. Bach’s Prelude in E minor, BWV 555.

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