Other than being the most noteworthy example of now-extinct and somewhat cello-like string instrument from the 1800s, Arpeggione Sonata in A Minor, the Schubert piece that leads tonight's program, is honestly a bit of a turd. But if anybody's setting out to revive and redeem, we might as well call upon the most famous cellist in the world and his favorite piano accompanist, right? Far more appealing are their Brazilian and Argentine pieces, first-class flights to South America propelled by fleet fingers and fiery melodies. Ma's technical virtuosity with the strings may be the stuff of legend, but his intellectual investment in the material he chooses to tackle is just as astounding.
Wed., Oct. 27, 8 p.m., 2010