Farewell soloist makes her Moscow debut

Farewell soloist makes her Moscow debut


norman lebrecht

March 02, 2020

The English violinist Tasmin Little, who is due to retire in the summer, is down to make a belated debut in Moscow, playing three Beethoven sonatas with the rising pianist Andrei Gugnin, on fortepiano.

That’s a nice way to round things off.


  • Harold Sacks says:

    Tasmin recorded Frederick Delius’ violin concerto and is noted for championing his music. Even did a BBC Documentary returning to the former location of the Florida orange plantation where he started his composing career and make fathered a son.

  • Greg Bottini says:

    Tasmin is a lovely violinist, and I’ve admired her playing and her other activities very much for lo, these many years.
    And as you say, Norman, playing three Beethoven sonatas is a nice way to bow out.
    Good luck and good health, Tasmin!
    (Please remember to wash your hands often on your Russian travels.)

  • Dee Miner says:

    She will be missed – not a bad ‘all-rounder’ violinist in an English sort of way, her tone lacks the authority of the absolute top tier from yesteryear and she’s not totally penetrating of insight, yet it must be admitted she has maintained an above-average decent career in Little Old Blighty

  • christopher storey says:

    Unquestionably the finest exponent of the Elgar concerto of this generation and quite possibly of all time . I wish I knew what “penetrating of insight” meant, if indeed it does mean anything at all

  • Charles Clark-Maxwell says:

    Who says this is her rounding things off ?
    THe Moscow gigs may just be one of many performances in her last season

  • Charles Clark-Maxwell says:

    ==You mean she isn’t Heifetz?

    Well, she plays Elgar cto far, far better than did Heifetz. His was a recording that never should have been made !

  • Jbarbirolli says:

    Besides Tasmin’s gorgeous tone and impeccable musicality, she has a wonderful way of communicating with the audience through her playing. She reaches out and gives so much, while many others make the audience come to them. There has been no greater supporter of Delius’ violin music. She’ll be a fine director of the Menuhin School.