The Week in Reviews, Op. 137: Yura Lee, Philippe Quint, Pekka Kuusisto
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Yura Lee performed works by Biber, Ysaye, Enescu, Ernst, and Bach in recital with ChamberFest Cleveland.
- The Plain Dealer: "Classical programs don't get much more diverse, or more rewarding. Even as it spanned centuries and nations, Lee's lineup also bridged genres, including folk music in the form of brief examples of Bluegrass and Norwegian fiddling."
Philippe Quint performed Corigliano's Chaconne from The Red Violin with the Seattle Symphony.
- City Arts: "His expressive playing of the virtuoso violin part...encompassed the sound as of bubbles rising at the start through dreamy moods to double-stopped energy, all achieved with seemingly great ease. The audience loved it."
Pekka Kuusisto performed works by Tubin in a chamber music concert at Wigmore Hall.
- The Telegraph: "...Kuusisto chose to intersperse movements from Eduard Tubin’s Suite on Estonian Dance Pieces with his own arrangements of traditional Finnish songs, and the idiosyncratic style he displayed was refreshing in the sometimes staid Wigmore. Kuusisto stepped outside the role usually played by a major classical violinist to sing – and whistle – along to banjo-like strumming. He also tried, with some success, to get the audience to sing too, which was no mean achievement given the tongue-twisting challenges of Finnish. In the pieces by Tubin...he played with refinement yet dug in with big tone, delivering everything with the utmost naturalness."
Vadim Gluzman performed the Brahms with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra.
- The Australian: "Gluzman demonstrated impeccable balance between power and delicacy in the Brahms, adroitly following its oscillations between raging intensity and faraway lyricism.">
- Limelight: "Gluzman is the perfect balance between confident showman and reserved perfectionist, radiating both a quiet, sincere charisma and a wonderfully unselfconscious reverence for the music."
- The Age: "Here is a soloist who knows his place: at the centre but part of an organism, not a spot-lit show-pony."
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