The Week in Reviews, Op. 110: Karen Gomyo, Anthony Marwood, Hilary Hahn
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Karen Gomyo performed the Sibelius with the San Diego Symphony.
- San Diego Reader: "The audience was locked on Ms. Gomyo from start to finish because her performance brought us into those dark woods into which Sibelius, and all of us, have wandered from time to time."
- The San Diego Union-Tribune: "Gomyo’s compelling playing showed subtlety and substance. She brought a flexibility, even a sense of spontaneity, to the work, which (conductor Mirga Gražinyte-Tyla) not only embraced, she enhanced and enlivened."
Anthony Marwood performed Paul Dean's "One Child, One Teacher, One Book, One Pen" with the Australian National Academy of Music.
- The Sydney Morning Herald: "A tribute to Malala Yousafzai, the score is dramatic, using sonorous blocks more than developing material; a gift to Marwood, his soaring high notes brilliantly effective."
Hilary Hahn performed Vieuxtemps' Violin Concerto No. 4 with the Philadelphia Orchestra.
- Philadelphia Inquirer: "'How about one more movement?"Philadelphia Orchestra music director Yannick Nézet-Séguin couldn't resist making that faux-casual suggestion when the Friday audience erupted into full applause after three out of four movements in Henri Vieuxtemps' Violin Concerto No. 4.
Chloë Hanslip performed the Dvorák with the Prague Symphony Orchestra.
- Stratford-upon-Avon Herald: "Packed with folk and dance tunes the concerto is full of high spirits and the joys of love, reflecting a period in Dvorák’s life when he achieved success. Hanslip enjoyed a beautiful duet with the bassoons and was on top form in the finale laced with rumbustious tunes, building to one of Dvorák’s best endings."
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In other news: British violinist Leia Zhu, 9, was the youngest-ever to receive first place (the "Gold Nutcracker") in the 16th International Television Contest for Young Musicians in Moscow Monday. The event, held Nov. 30 - Dec. 7, is for children up to 14 years of age.
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