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Plenty to marvel at in Sol Gabetta's Herbst Theatre recital / San Francisco Chronicle

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There was plenty to marvel at in the magnificent recital given on Tuesday night by the Argentine cellist Sol Gabetta - her effortless precision and grace, her rhythmic fluency, or the expansive interpretive approach she took to music built on various different scales. But the one that I kept coming back to during Gabetta's first local appearance, presented in Herbst Theatre by San Francisco Performances, was something more elemental. It was the sheer, gobsmacking beauty of the sound she elicits from her instrument. No sooner had Gabetta touched bow to string for the opening phrase of Schumann's "Fantasiestücke," Op. 73, than the hall filled with a warm, full-bodied and resplendent glow - the sonic equivalent of walking into a kitchen where cookies have been baking. And over the remainder of the evening, in music by Brahms and Prokofiev, she revealed other, equally alluring aspects of her ability in this area.

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