The Week in Reviews, Op. 207: David Kim; Janine Jansen; Vilde Frang

November 20, 2017, 1:42 PM · 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.

David Kim performed Bach’s Violin Concerto No 2 with the Philadelphia Orchestra.

David Kim
Violinist David Kim. Photo by Ryan Donnell.

Janine Jansen performed the Sibelius with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra.

Vilde Frang performed the Elgar with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra.

Simone Porter performed Paganini's Violin Concerto No. 1 with the Eugene Symphony Orchestra.

Ilya Gringolts performed Sciarrino's Allegoria della note with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra.

Pinchas Zukerman performed the Beethoven with the San Francisco Symphony and Bach's Violin Concerto No. 1 with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra.

Rachel Podger performed Mozart's Violin Concerto No. 5 with the Orchestra of the Age of the Enlightenment.

Midori performed the Sibelius with the Naples Philharmonic.

Francesca Dego performed Shostakovich's Violin Concerto No. 1 with the Southwest Florida Symphony.

Barnabas Kelemen performed the Brahms with Queensland Symphony Orchestra.

David Park performed the Mendelssohn with the Roanoke Symphony Orchestra.

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November 21, 2017 at 06:19 PM · David Kim is the nicest guy you'd ever meet. He played Bruch with our orchestra a few months back and afterwards sat behind me playing Schumann 3, reading it off of his iPad. It's a memory I'll have for the rest of my life!

November 21, 2017 at 11:41 PM · It's not violin, but I saw Natasha Paremski playing Rachmaninoff 3 with the Colorado Symphony on Friday, and it was only the second worst soloist performance I've ever heard, with the first of course being Natasha Paremski playing the Schumann Piano Concerto a few years ago. You may wonder about my masochistic tendencies, but I heard her playing a Chopin scherzo on the radio a few days ago, and I thought she may have turned a corner since pedaling the Schumann into mush when I heard her last.

She played with a harsh, ugly tone throughout. She played so loud, I swear the piano went out of tune before the end of the piece, which despite being played at a relentlessly fast pace, seemed to take forever to finish. She basically stepped all over the orchestra any time she played, by never phrasing with them or lowering the dynamic when the orchestra is playing the melody.

But, she got a pretty raucous standing ovation, so what do I know. The Colorado Symphony can do better, but they also had pianist Kevin Cole play an absurd Rhapsody in Blue a month ago. Maybe they pick these people by applause-meter?

November 23, 2017 at 01:47 PM · Are there never any viola concertos performed with orchestra?

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