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Tai Murray premiered the Malcolm Hayes Violin Concerto with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales.
Jennifer Koh performed Saariaho's "Nocturne" with the Brentano String Quartet.
Arabella Steinbacher performed Mozart's Violin Concerto No. 5 with the Los Angeles Philharmonic.
James Ehnes performed the Strauss with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra.
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It's a little strange, isn't it? Not all reviews are like that, but it seems a lot this week were!
Hopefully we're not meant to infer damnation by faint praise taken to its logical extreme (i.e., no praise at all).
Meh, most reviews are pretty canned, and reviewers are too scared or uneducated to call out a bad performance. Did you know that the Tchaikovsky violin concerto was originally called unplayable? Did you know that the third movement of the Barber concerto was originally called unplayable? Blah blah blah blah blah. I've heard some performers live who play inconceivably ugly, and whenever I read reviews, it's about how brave their performance was or something. Useless!
I'll get off my soapbox now.
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August 18, 2016 at 02:43 AM · Nowadays I guess reviews are meant to be erudite, educational affairs. Whether one thinks the violinist played well (or not) apparently is not always worth mentioning.