The Week in Reviews, Op. 150: Hilary Hahn, Lisa Batiashvili, Simone Lamsma

September 26, 2016, 11:29 AM · 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.

Hilary Hahn performed the Beethoven Violin Concerto with the Cincinnati Symphony.

Hilary Hahn
Hilary Hahn. Photo by Michael Patrick O'Leary.

Lisa Batiashvili performed the Tchaikovsky with the New York Philharmonic.

Simone Lamsma performed the Brahms with the Dallas Symphony.

Nicola Benedetti performed two Szymanowski violin concertos with the London Philharmonic.

Ryu Goto performed the Tchaikovsky with the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra.

Andrej Kurti performed the Tchaikovsky with the Waco Symphony Orchestra.

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September 30, 2016 at 09:11 PM · Responding to reviews above of several younger violiniists, some better known with a few never before heard, I can attest to the unquestionable artistry of Hilary Hahn, and say sans hesitation, her performances are sure to be masterful both technically and musically speaking ... Ms. Hahn has an unshakable inner core thought process, intellectual control and exceptionally solid at-the-violin work ethic which consistently produces her iron rock violinistic technique which, graciously, never overshadow's the beauty of whatever musical themes/lines she presents. (Being so blessed to have had Master's, Jascha Heifetz and Nathan Milstein, as my violin mentor's -- and for goodly amounts of time --) Ms. Hahn's playing seems to continue growing and expanding in musical panoramic scope as each concert season evolves and passes.

Her ascent into very rare and elite circle's of Grand Master's of Violin Art is no longer a surprise to first time listener's of Hilary Hahn ~ Indeed! Audiences have come to 'expect' the consistent artistic level of Hilary Hahn performances ~ Live or in recording . As a very 'spoiled' listener and player, I am yet to be disappointed by a Hilary Hahn performance! I believe Ms. Hahn's inward/ & outward relationship to the instrument is totally fidel, as were those of Mr. Heifetz, Mistein, D. Oistrakh, Fritz Kreisler and Henryk Szeryng, which puts 'our own' American born still young Violinist in the 'Top Drawer of Violinists of All Time" ~ Being a Pro Violinist yet 'hobby' writer of fellow Violinist's, the latter statement might be viewed by some as "going over the top", journalistically, but knowing, first hand, all elements required to be in such musically 'Royal' violinistic company, Ms. Hilary Hahn has arrived and joined those very rarified 'Royal ranks' ... Wishing Ms. Hahn decades of more great music making on the concert stages of the world, as a violinist having been privileged to tour and record many of the great masterworks from our extensive violin repertoire, she has earned my qualified Vote! As is said in England, "May God Bless the Queen", in this case, may the British sentiment apply to Ms. Hilary Hahn who now wears The Crown of several younger generations of Violinists ~

Elisabeth Matesky / Chicago *


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