The Week in Reviews, Op. 156: Sarah Chang, William Hagen, Philippe Quint
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.
Sarah Chang performed Piazolla’s Four Seasons with the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra.
- Calgary Herald: "Chang played as she typically does, with a complete command of the technical challenges and an effortless projection of the soul of the music. She is a compelling performer to watch and hear, and her musicianship moved the audience. From the vigorous, rhythmic elements to the sensitive melodies, Chang charmed and beguiled, the audience following every nuance."
William Hagen performed Saint-Saëns’ Violin Concerto No. 3 with Tucson Symphony Orchestra.
- Arizona Daily Star: "Hagen was terrific. He has that confidence without a hint of cockiness that gives him license to take chances. And he has the technical chops to uncover every nuance no matter its subtlety of Saint-Saëns score and bring all the drama and beauty — especially evident in the lush second movement — to bear in a sound that is muscular, yet vulnerable. His performance was spectacular."
Philippe Quint performed the Tchaikovsky with the Grand Rapids Symphony.
- The Rapidian: "His technique is masterful.... What’s more, he plays as a troubadour, spinning a story full of pathos and passion that has his audience hanging on his every word."
Benjamin Beilman performed Prokofiev’s Violin Concerto No. 1 with the Florida Orchestra.
- Tampa Bay Times: "Think of a motorcyclist racing down the side of a mountain without a road or a path, and somehow staying upright. That's what it is like listening to Beilman play."
Midori performed the Beethoven with the Philadelphia Orchestra.
- The Philadelphia Inquirer: "Whether you agreed with her or not, the intimacy she achieved in her performance was pretty rare, but, more important, she created a unique chapter in one's listening history with the piece. Something was clearly happening here in real time, and audiences rightly adore that."
Ray Chen performed Bruch's First Violin Concerto with the Singapore Symphony Orchestra.
- The Straits Times: "Chen seemed particularly restrained in his playing of the gorgeous slow movement. What made this so effective, however, was the extremely soft dynamic levels he and the orchestra achieved. It was as if they were whispering sweet nothings into our ears. There is something beautifully touching about seeing so many people on stage producing so little sound."
Joseph Swensen performed the Barber with the Oregon Symphony.
- Oregon Artswatch: "... his tone was fatally soft. Most of his notes were lost in the orchestral texture around him when they should have led the way."
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