Reprinted from yesterday's late editions.
At the age of 15, Henry Raudales has made a sort of career out of being a child prodigy, making his debut at the age of 4, starring in a TV feature on the life of a C.P., qualifying in a New York audition as "current violin marvel for his age" and so forth. Well, if being young and able to play the violin faster than anyone with taste could possibly want to qualifies one as being a C.P., I suppose young Mr. Raudales is one.
He performed at the Pan American Union Monday night, and tore through the Prelude from Bach's E Major "Partita" for unaccompanied violin, and music by Orellana, Chausson and Wieniawski, all with just casual attention to pitch and to style.
True, the "Gipsy Airs" by Sarasate got the full treatment in an impassioned performance, but by this time, Raudales' musicianship should have progressed beyond this sort of flashiness.
His accompanist, however, was another matter. Standing in for his uncle, who became ill at the last moment, 16-year-old Vinicio Quezada did a masterful job on the piano, not only playing the music with flair and taste, but also providing sensative and well-gauged support.