A good musician shouldn't always make the best music sound easy, but he can make the audience wish the music it had no end. That was happily and lyrically the case at pianist Jeremy Menuhin's debut Washington recital in the Kennedy Center Terrace Theater.
Throughout last night's performance, which was sponsored by Young Concert Artists Inc., Menuhin demonstrated his character as a disciplined musician by resisting the temptation to sacrifice one musical virtue for another. For example, the grander passages of Beethoven's Sonata in E, Op. 109, were no less technically careful for being emotionally laden; the trickier passages of Bach's French Suite No. 5 in G, BWV 816, were no less lyric for being technically demanding.
In excerpts from Debussy's "Images" Book 1, Menuhin's ability to maintain his artistic balance showed itself to especially impressive advantage. Nowhere, however, was Menuhin's devotion to the cause of beautiful music more obvious than during his final selection, Schubert's Sonata in B-flat, D. 960. Particularly in the Andante Sostenuto movement, Menuhin demonstrated his ability to play the music, not just the notes. If his initial recital in Washington is any indication, Jeremy Menuhin will be in demand here for a long time to come.