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The Week in Reviews, Op. 101: Philippe Quint, Anne Akiko Meyers, Kenneth Renshaw

Laurie Niles

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Published: October 6, 2015 at 8:21 PM [UTC]

In an effort to promote the coverage of live violin performance, Violinist.com each week presents links to reviews of notable concerts and recitals around the world.

Philippe Quint performed the Sibelius with the Springfield Symphony Orchestra.

  • The Republican: "Mind-boggling technique, passionate interpretation, and relaxed demeanor combined to render Quint's performance exciting, engaging, and amazing."

Philippe Quint
Philippe Quint. Photo Credit: Benjamin Brolet

Anne Akiko Meyers performed Bernstein's Serenade with the Vancouver Symphony.

  • Northwest Reverb: "Wielding immaculate technique, artistic finesse, and a deep understanding of the music, Meyers wonderfully conveyed Bernstein’s somewhat esoteric music in a personal, tangible way."

Kenneth Renshaw performed Prokofiev's Violin Concerto No. 2 with the Oakland Symphony.

  • San Jose Mercury News: "Renshaw impressed with intelligent phrasing, crisp intonation and straightforward eloquence. In the concerto's outer movements, the violinist combined incisive articulation with dramatic expressiveness; his playing in the slow movement was both rapturous and clear-eyed, a secure blend of warmth and eloquence."

Vilde Frang performed the Korngold with the Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal.

  • Montreal Gazette: "She found treasures in this swashbuckling, overblown effort from the father of Hollywood film music. The cadenza in the first movement was aggressive — a message to Tortelier, head buried in the score? — and magnificent. Frang found quiet darting lines throughout, like a figure skater, and when the orchestra lumbered back in, it was like a lovesick whale bursting through the ice."

Jack Liebeck performed the Dvorak with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra.

  • The Sydney Morning Herald: "Here is a talent with an individual voice, confident in articulation, capable of vehemence without stridency and a lilting elegance of phrasing, best heard in the concerto's eloquent adagio: a memorable highpoint in this exemplary concert."

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