The Week in Reviews, Op. 161: Tasmin Little, Vadim Gluzman, Leila Josefowicz
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Tasmin Little performed Szymanowski's Violin Concerto No. 1 with the Worthing Symphony Orchestra.
- Sussex Express: "Little soared and glided among billowing clouds of brass and strings, and then stroked and soothed with brushes of clarinet and flute, and sweeps and ripples from the harp."
Tasmin Little. Photo by Benjamin Ealovega.
Vadim Gluzman performed Prokofiev's Violin Concerto No. 1 with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.
- Chicago Classical Review: "This is predominately inward music and Gluzman made the most of its reflective pages, playing with flickering vibrato and golden tone. Järvi was a wholly sympathetic collaborator, and the final pages were beautifully done, with violin and orchestra rising to a rapt and shimmering coda."
- Chicago Tribune: "This was an even more electric account than the one Gluzman and Jarvi recorded last year in Estonia for their new all-Prokofiev CD on the BIS label, thanks to superior orchestral playing."
- Chicago on the Aisle: "Their collaboration at Orchestra Hall indeed had the intimate feel of a well-conditioned duet, Gluzman often turning to play directly into the conductor’s gaze and Järvi sometimes bending into the violinist like a coach urging his huddled team during a timeout. The result was electric, a scintillating fusion of Gluzman’s effortless virtuosity and the supple support Järvi drew from a CSO of somewhat reduced scale."
Leila Josefowicz performed Adams' Scheherazade.2 with the London Symphony Orchestra.
- The Arts Desk: "Praise be to the spell cast by top players on great composers....It has to be experienced in concert to make its full impact: Josefowicz, in both sound and vision, is the very epitome of the proud and defiant heroine whose task is not to charm a murderous husband but to speak truth to power."
Nemanja Radulovic performed the Khachaturian with the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra.
- Daily Echo: "The 31-year-old Serb was outstanding, displaying one amazing technical feat after another and showing exactly why he has taken the world of classical music by storm."
Jennifer Pike performed the Dvorak with the Westmorland Orchestra.
- The Westmorland Gazette: "She has...an immaculate technique; she produces a warm rich tone in melodic passages and dazzles when called upon to deliver virtuoso-style passage work."
Jan Mrácek performed the Brahms with the Symphonia Boca Raton.
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