A Musical Conversation, San Francisco Classical Voice, January 15, 2008.
I left out a couple of things I'd meant to note: the beautiful viola solo in the Smetana, played by Masumi Per Rostad, and the fact that in a review a couple of years ago, Michelle Dulak Thomson commented on some of the issues I raise. I agree with her about Rostad's tone and wish I could describe it accurately. Some violists - some great violists - have a bit of edge in their tone that I find very attractive. Rostad doesn't, and his tone is equally attractive.