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Sol Gabetta, in control for Celebrity Series debut / Boston Musical Intelligencer

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Sol Gabetta is a cellist whose distinctive style emerges across the larger spans of movements, whole works, and even entire programs. Yes, she has a beautiful tone, a broad palette of colors, and a knack for lyrical phrasing, but this just describes the surface of her cool, analytical interpretations. On Wednesday night, Gabetta played a weighty, sometimes chilling recital for the Celebrity Series Debut Series in Longy's Pickman Hall. This was the Argentine cellist's first Boston concert, but one would think her international career-which includes regular appearances with major European orchestras, recordings for Deutsche Grammophon and Sony, and an engaging media presence in at least three languages-would land her on one of the series' main stages. Although Pickman Hall can work well as an intimate venue, it felt more like a cramped box than the natural habitat for this artist.

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