Times of San Diego
Barry Jagoda
May 23, 2018

Inon Barnatan, music director-designate of La Jolla Music Society’s world renowned SummerFest, has curated another wonderful concert program, the third in a series entitled “Schubert’s Swan Song.”

Barnatan was pianist for half of the concert on May 19, and the large audience at Qualcomm Hall was thrilled, delivering a standing ovation for his rendition of the brilliant Schubert Piano Sonata in C minor. This was immediately followed by an even more arousing, glorious violin-piano duet, in which Barnatan was joined by the passionate, award-winning young violinist Benjamin Beilman for Schubert’s Fantasy in C Major.

But perhaps the evening’s highlight, after an intermission, was Schubert’s String Quintet in C Major, for which Barnatan brought together the world-class Dover Quartet, and joined them with Carter Brey, in from his day job as principal cellist of the New York Philharmonic…