The Week in Reviews, Op. 206: Arabella Steinbacher; David Kim; Leila Josefowicz
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Arabella Steinbacher performed the Berg with the Chicago Symphony Orcehstra.
- Chicago Tribune: "Some soloists stress the music’s angular modernity, but Thursday’s soloist, the probing and sensitively musical German violinist Arabella Steinbacher, treated it as an affirmation of the Mahler tradition of which it is a final flowering."
Arabella Steinbacher. Photo by Sammy Hart.
David Kim performed Bach's Violin Concerto No. 2 with the Philadelphia Orchestra.
- The Philadelphia Inquirer: "The Bach concerto more than justified itself. The cut-down orchestra played as light as air, while concertmaster David Kim, the concerto’s soloist, made expressive points with a slender tone and minimum vibrato."
Leila Josefowicz performed works by Zimmermann, Adams, Sibelius and Prokofiev in recital with pianist John Novacek.
- Washington Post: "I have admired this artist for decades, and still view her as the model musical citizen, doing her part to help the art form evolve and remain relevant. I hope, though, that she takes care of herself and tries to remain connected to simple beauty."
William Preucil performed the Vivaldi with the Cleveland Orchestra.
- The Plain Dealer: "The slow movement was a special treat. Preucil held the chamber-sized orchestra, including principal keyboardist Joela Jones at the harpsichord, to a tantalizing whisper and unfurled above it a honeyed melody punctuated by sleek trills."
Harry Bennetts performed the Tchaikovsky with the Canberra Symphony Orchestra.
- The Canberra Times: "Bennetts' heartfelt and technically fantastic performance was met not only with a standing ovation at the end of the work, but with spontaneous applause and an ovation between the first and second movements."
Isabelle van Keulen performed the Mendelssohn with the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra.
- New Zealand Herald: "Isabelle van Keulen was a forceful soloist in Mendelssohn's Violin Concerto, too much so perhaps when the cadenza came along."
Andrés Cárdenes performed works by Prokofiev and Schumann with the Atlanta Chamber Players.
- Arts ATL: ..."it is (the) lyrical, vocal quality (of Prokofiev's "Five Melodies") that predominates throughout, and Cárdenes played to that dynamic with a lovely, liquid tone that focused on its attractive detail and intimate musical qualities, with Pridgen’s piano supporting that well."
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