It took no more than Igor Stravinsky's Suite Italienne and the C Minor Sonato by Beethoven to mark young Cho-Liang Lin as a gifted violinist on the rise. Not yet 20, the musical artist, born in Taiwan, yesterday afternoon opened a new Young Artist Series in Maryland University's Tawes Recital Hall. On Oct. 27 he will be the soloist with the National Symphony Orchestra under Mstislav Rostropovich at the annual United Nations Concert.
Lin is blessed with a tone that is not only securely produced and right smack in the middle of the pitch, but tone that has a particular sweetness about it, a quality that gives his playing strong appeal.
In the longest of the four versions Stravinsky left of his Pergolesi-inspired suite, Lin was in command of each of the varying styles involved: the songful serenade, the fiery tarantella, the bravura prelude, and all the rest of it.
A major addition to the pleasure in the concert came in the impressive sound and stylish manner of his pianist, Sandra Rivers. Together, they made the Beethoven Sonata appropriately dramatic, and in the slow movement, deeply moving. The program closed with the Falla Popular Spanish Songs and Wieniawski's Scherzo-Polonaise. A note of warning to the violinist: tuning on stage between every movement is both unnecessary and grating. As Rostropovich says, "Don't make dirty for audience." It is probably only a nervous mannerism, but it should go.