Krzysztof Penderecki and the Cutting Edge of Contemporary: Storioni Festival 2016 border=0 align=

Krzysztof Penderecki and the Cutting Edge of Contemporary: Storioni Festival 2016

February 4, 2016, 11:33 AM · At 82, the legendary composer Krzysztof Penderecki never tires of producing music, nor globetrotting.

This year's Storioni Festival, an 11-day celebration in the Dutch province of Brabant, staged compositions covering every period of the composer’s development, from early experimental to later tonal, neo-Romantic works.

"It is always eye-opening -- or ear-opening -- to hear my works performed in yet another location," Penderecki said. "I thrive on inputs, involvement and artistic action. The Storioni Festival gave me the chance to experience a retrospective -- very beneficial as a new composition (octet) takes shape." Keep reading...

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The Week in Reviews, Op. 116: Chad Hoopes, Julian Rachlin, Sergey Khachatryan border=0 align=

The Week in Reviews, Op. 116: Chad Hoopes, Julian Rachlin, Sergey Khachatryan

February 2, 2016, 12:08 PM · 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.

Chad Hoopes performed works by Dvorák, Prokofiev, Ravel, and Franck in recital with pianist David Fung.

  • The Washington Post: "Hoopes made his Kennedy Center debut at the Terrace Theater on Thursday evening and displayed not only the jaw-dropping virtuosity that’s become almost the norm in young professionals but also a gift for dramatic pacing and a distinctive, convincing sense of poetry."

Julian Rachlin performed Shostakovich's Violin Concerto No. 1 with the Orchestre National de Paris.

  • The Washington Post: " was Shostakovich’s first violin concerto that was the real tour de force. Rachlin, the soloist, is a small, contained firebrand of a man onstage, and he eased his way into the opening movement with playing that was almost painful in its muted restraint, over the humid, brooding chords of the orchestra, all given extra power by Gatti, who visually conveys such a sense of physical force that his restrained gestures communicate a sense of coiled power waiting to strike. The second movement then uncurled into some of the most biting fierce Shostakovich playing I can remember hearing. And when Rachlin got going into the final cadenza, he became a wild thing, a kind of inspired mad scientist in a monologue both profound and terrifying, until the orchestra finally chimed in with ferocious clashes of regretful understanding."
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Competition Updates: Shanghai-Stern extends deadline; Record Applications for Montreal

February 2, 2016, 10:37 AM · A few updates from the competition circuit:

The deadline for the new Shanghai Isaac Stern Competition has been extended. Applications will be accepted through Feb. 29 (mailed applications must be postmarked by that day). The inaugural competition will take place Aug. 14 to Sept. 2 in Shanghai, China and offers a grand prize of $100,000 USD. It will be a biennial competition.

The Montreal International Musical Competition reported that it has received a record number of applicants for this year's violin competition, with 206 applications from 125 women and 81 men (it will be interesting to see the gender ratio in the final numbers; this year's Menuhin Competition selected 36 females and eight males). The average age of the applicants is 23 years, with 34 countries are represented, the highest number of candidates from United States, South Korea, Canada, and Japan. Twenty-four candidates will be invited to compete in the competition, which takes place Montreal May 22 to June 2 for violinists up to age 29. Keep reading...

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