The Week in Reviews, Op. 202: Jennifer Frautschi; Sarah Chang; Ray Chen
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.
Jennifer Frautschi performed Mozart’s Violin Concerto No. 3 in the final performance of the Santa Barbara Chamber Orchestra.
- Noozhawk: On the Santa Barbara Chamber Orchestra disbanding after 40 years: "A bright light in Santa Barbara’s artistic firmament went dark last Monday..." On the performance itself: "Every detail of Frautschi’s straightforward but detailed interpretation filled the room with pure, clean, sometimes adventurous, always smart sound."
Jennifer Frautschi. Photo by Lisa-Marie Mazzucco.
Sarah Chang performed Bruch's Violin Concerto No. 1 with the National Philharmonic.
- The Washington Post: "Sarah Chang played the heck out of the Bruch Violin Concerto No 1; Chang tends to play the heck out of everything."
Ray Chen performed Bruch's Violin Concerto No. 1 with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra.
- Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: "Violinist Ray Chen delivered his solos with a taught tone, brimming with energy and quivering with passion."
Kristof Barati performed Bruch's Violin Concerto No. 1 with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra.
- The Herald: "...there was a highly refreshing rigour about the technical mastery that Barati brought to such very familiar music."
- The Scotsman: "The glorious sound from Baráti’s Stradivarius was viscerally penetrating....Then there was the sheer command and presence of the man. Baráti has the build and physicality of a sportsman, which translated into a performance of immaculate discipline and razor sharp rhythmic precision."
James Ehnes performed the Beethoven with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra.
- Edinburgh Guide: "There can be no doubt that Canadian James Ehnes on his violin was the star of the night. The audience was delighted."
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