The Week in Reviews, Op. 165: Gidon Kremer, Gil Shaham, Elina Vähälä

January 24, 2017, 11:47 AM · In an effort to promote the coverage of live violin performance, each week presents links to reviews of notable concerts and recitals around the world.

Before we get to the reviews, let's congratulate the film Joe's Violin which this morning earned an Academy Award nomination in the Documentary Short Subject category. The film, which you can watch here, follows the aftermath of a Holocaust survivor donating his violin to a poor school student in the Bronx.

On to the reviews...

Gidon Kremer performed the Weinberg with the Boston Symphony Orchestra.

Gidon Kremer
Gidon Kremer.

Gil Shaham performed Prokofiev's Violin Concerto No. 2 with the Los Angeles Philharmonic.

Daniel Hope performed "I Will Not Remain Silent" by Bruce Adolphe with the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra.

Elina Vähälä performed the Britten with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra.

Mateusz Wolski performed Prokofiev's Violin Concerto No. 2 with the Spokane Symphony.

Vadim Gluzman performed the Tchaikovsky with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra.

Timothy Chooi performed the Mendelssohn with the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra.

Christian Tetzlaff performed the Mendelssohn with the New World Symphony.

Kam Ning performed the Adams with the Singapore Symphony Orchestra.

Jessica Linnebach performed Mozart's Violin Concerto No. 3 with the Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra.

Please support music in your community by attending a concert or recital (or donating a good instrument to your local public schools) whenever you can!


January 26, 2017 at 02:30 AM · As always, thank you for keeping us informed, Laurie! For anyone reading this: Please do take a look at "Joe's Violin" referenced in the beginning of Laurie's post. A wonderful, uplifting short film!

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