The Week in Reviews, Op. 141: Vadim Gluzman, Lisa Batiashvili, James Ehnes
In an effort to promote the coverage of live violin performance, Violinist.com each week presents links to reviews of notable concerts and recitals around the world.
Vadim Gluzman performed Mozart 3 and the Tchaikovsky with the Colorado Music Festival, and performed works by Franck and Tchaikovsky in recital with pianist David Korevaar.
- The Daily Camera: "His comments from the stage have been affable, his performances transcendent."
Vadim Gluzman. Photo by Marco Borggreve.
Lisa Batiashvili performed the Dvorak with the Boston Symphony Orchestra.
- The Boston Musical Intelligencer: "Batiashvili could have done more to distinguish the violinistic style of this piece from that of, say, the Brahms Violin Concerto or other Romantic war horses. While it is certainly a matter of taste, she opted for a more German than a Czech Dvorák."
- Berkshire Eagle: "As the evening's soloist, Lisa Batiashvili seemed to struggle against the heat as she played the Dvorak Violin Concerto. The performance was patchy; the showy aspects came across more strongly than the lyrical and pastoral ones."
James Ehnes performed the Strauss with the Eastern Festival Orchestra.
Amy Cave performed Mozart's Violin Concerto No. 1 with the Vermont Mozart Festival.
- Times Argus: "Cave too showed a real understanding of Mozart as she delivered the lyrical lines, along with the virtuosic passages, with assuredness, sensitivity and musical depth. The Adagio, in particular, was gorgeous. Although Cave hasn’t learned yet to project as a soloist, her performance was beautiful."
Peter Hanson performed Bach with the Carmel Bach Festival.
- Monterey Herald: "Hanson’s virtuoso brilliance in the composer’s lovely 'Violin Concerto in E Major' served as centerpieces of the program."
In other news, longtime Chicago Symphony Orchestra violinist Edgar Muenzer died July 22. Wishing all the best to his friends and family.
- Chicago Tribune: "'(Founding and directing the) Park Ridge Civic Orchestra was how Edgar wanted to give back to the community after a rewarding lifetime in professional music,' Pam Benitez, president of the Park Ridge Civic Orchestra, said in a statement released by the group. 'He was a great-hearted visionary who never stopped sharing his talent and passion for great music.'"
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