One of the good things about violists is that they have repertoire nobody else knows about.
David Aaron Carpenter‘s impressive recital at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music on Sunday afternoon, presented by San Francisco Performances, offered more than just the spectacle of a gifted young artist coming into his own. It also included some first-rate music that shows up all too rarely on concert programs.
The effect, at least during the first half of the program, was to leave a listener with a distracting embarrassment of riches. Here was Carpenter, joined by pianist Julien Quentin in a performance marked by wonderful fervor and eloquence, and here too were delectable, fascinating pieces by York Bowen and Rebecca Clarke that were probably known only to the hard-core viola aficionados in the audience.