VIOLINIST CANI PLAYS SPECTACULAR TCHAIKOVSKY WITH THE SYMPHONY OF THE AMERICAS
By Lawrence Budmen
Italian-American violinist Roberto Cani drew a vociferous ovation from an excited audience Tuesday night at the Broward Center’s Amaturo Theater for his performance of Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto , the centerpiece on the Symphony of the Americas’ Special Spotlight Performance of its 25th Anniversary Celebration Week. Winner of such prestigious musical prizes as the Paganini and Courcillon Competitions, Cani has studied at the Milan Conservatory, Moscow’s Gnessin Institute and the University of Southern California. He has concertized throughout the United States, Europe, Russia, Asia and South America and holds teaching positions in Italy and Croatia.
For sheer fire and soul, Cani’s traversal of the Tchaikovsky concerto was remarkable. Playing a treasured Pietro Guarneri instrument, Cani’s rich tone, fleet fingering and musical depth turned this well traveled repertoire warhorse into a freshly minted, deeply impassioned musical experience. The technical hurdles, which even the legendary Russian virtuosso Leopold Auer felt were impossible, held no terrors for Cani. His rich, warmly resonant tone and fleet fingering from his first entrance after the orchestral introduction took the full measure of the score. Cani’s deeply ruminative reading of the Andante (second movement) channeled elegiac sadness and pathos. He chose to play the original version of the Allegto vivacissimo finale rather than the less technically challenging abbreviated edition that many violinists favor. Cani’s rapid fire performance was taken at fierce clip; yet there was no blurring of passage work. With the bravura coda, the audience roared its approval. As an encore, he assayed Paganini’s daunting Caprice No. 24, sailing through the double and triple stops with devil may care ease. His zesty rendition of the pizzicato section was stunning and utterly delightful. Recalling in many ways the technical wizzardry and superb musicianship of Tossy Spivakovsky, Cani is a terrific musician and an artist of true stature
While other orchestras and musical organizations have come and gone, the Symphony of the Americas has endured for a quarter century. The ensemble’s outreach efforts have won wide acclaim. With continued support, this fine organization will continue to offer excellent concerts and remain a vital part of the artistic community.
Redlands Symphony, violinist Roberto Cani perform at the Redlands Bowl
by Betty Tyler