The Week in Reviews, Op. 156: Sarah Chang, William Hagen, Philippe Quint

November 7, 2016, 12:37 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.

Sarah Chang performed Piazolla’s Four Seasons with the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra.

William Hagen
William Hagen.

William Hagen performed Saint-Saëns’ Violin Concerto No. 3 with Tucson Symphony Orchestra.

Philippe Quint performed the Tchaikovsky with the Grand Rapids Symphony.

Benjamin Beilman performed Prokofiev’s Violin Concerto No. 1 with the Florida Orchestra.

Midori performed the Beethoven with the Philadelphia Orchestra.

Ray Chen performed Bruch's First Violin Concerto with the Singapore Symphony Orchestra.

Joseph Swensen performed the Barber with the Oregon Symphony.

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November 7, 2016 at 08:55 PM · I saw Augustin Hadelich play the Britten Violin Concerto with the Colorado Symphony on Friday night. He played a really musically satisfying rendition, and wasn't fazed by any of the technical challenges, with beautiful double-stop chromatic glissandos, double-stop harmonics, and a really flowing and beautiful tone. He also played a really beautiful Andante from Bach's 2nd solo sonata as an encore.

November 8, 2016 at 06:15 AM · Thank you for sharing that, Christian - Hadelich is wonderful to see in live performance. Was there any review in the Denver Post?

November 8, 2016 at 04:14 PM · I don't think so. I don't think anyone does reviews in Denver anymore. Probably to make room so that someone can finally adequately cover the Broncos.

November 8, 2016 at 10:07 PM · Yeah, but the disappointing part was that Hadelich played from music score, which killed a lot of the magic of the concert, in my opinion. Also,since when can soloists play from a score in a concert????

November 8, 2016 at 11:26 PM · As much as my blood runs orange and blue for those Broncos, this is a sad statement on the town where I grew up!

November 9, 2016 at 03:42 PM · I guess I can't say one way or the other what effect having the score there had on his performance. He never sounded unprepared, and it was positioned pretty unobtrusively. I can sort of see what you are saying, but out of the 20 so soloists I've seen with the Colorado Symphony, most of whom have not had a score with them, he's my favorite.

November 10, 2016 at 04:04 AM · It's common practice for soloists to use music when performing later 20th century and earlier 21st century works.

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