The Week in Reviews, Op. 208: Frank Huang, Yevgeny Kutik; Nikolaj Znaider
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Frank Huang performed Saint-Saëns' Violin Concerto No. 3 with the New York Philharmonic.
- The New York Times: "Mr. Huang offered a stellar performance of the Saint-Saëns, giving full vent to its big tunes without letting sweetness sour into sentimentality. As he has before, he showed full virtuosic command and a willingness to take risks. All the while, he seemed to be reveling in the moment, and he brought down the house, winning a clamorous ovation from his colleagues and the audience."
- New York Classical Review: "His earnest, proficient performance evoked not so much the charismatic virtuoso as the hardest-working kid in the conservatory."
Frank Huang. Photo by Eric Arbiter.
Yevgeny Kutik performed the Barber with the Berkshire Symphony.
- The Berkshire Eagle: "32-year-old Kutik...seemed to feel the music in his bones. Well backed by the orchestra, he brought lyrical warmth to the neo-romanticism of the first two movements and flew through the perpetual-motion finale with nimble fingers and variety of effect. The large audience rewarded him with an enthusiastic ovation."
Nikolaj Znaider performed Bruch's Violin Concerto No. 1 with the Brussels Philharmonic.
- The Scotsman: "Znaider’s Bruch Violin Concerto No. 1 was a thing of wonder from start to finish, etched with piercing clarity but full of big emotions, fearsomely focused but played with a voluptuous sense of give and take - all of which was reflected impeccably in the Brussels musicians’ vigorous playing.
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