The Week in Reviews, Op. 179: Augustin Hadelich, Ayano Ninomiya, Anne-Sophie Mutter
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Augustin Hadelich performed the Brahms with the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra.
- St. Louis Post-Dispatch: "He gave a flawless reading of the concerto, one with space to breathe but not to dally, as he dug into the score and offered its gems to his listeners. He played his own well-considered cadenzas in the first and third movements, which shed a different and interesting light on a familiar work. It was an exquisite performance."
Ayano Ninomiya. Photo by Kate Lemmon.
Ayano Ninomiya performed the Stravinsky with the Jacksonville Symphony.
- Florida Times-Union: "From the pageant-like first movement to the lively finale, guest violinist Ayano Ninomiya makes use of a remarkable range of bow strokes and tonal colorings to give each episode its own vivid identity."
Anne-Sophie Mutter performed the Tchaikovsky with the Boston Symphony Orchestra.
- The Boston Musical Intelligencer: "Right from the start there were unusual portamenti and expressive distortions that threatened to leave the realm of rubato and enter that of arrhythmia, with a touch of vinegar in her tone."
Karen Gomyo performed the Barber with the Utah Symphony.
- The Salt Lake Tribune: "Karen Gomyo gave a knockout performance of the Barber Violin Concerto. Her tone was songful and strong, with just the right note of tartness — not just in the lyrical first and second movements, but in the sizzling finale as well."
Gregory Lewis performed the Brahms with the Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra.
- The Chronicle Journal: "When he stepped onto the Auditorium stage lightening struck. From his opening chords, Lewis took command of the piece....Lewis showed no lack of confidence as he vigorously and enthusiastically moved through the piece. His technical command of the work was beautiful to experience."
Sergei Krylov performed Prokofiev's Violin Concerto No. 2 with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra.
- Edinburgh Guide: "It's a familiar and much loved work, but takes a very talented solo violin player to give it full credit. What better for us than to have Moscow-born Sergei Krylov."
Stefan Jackiw performed Prokofiev's Violin Concerto No. 2 with the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra.
- The Star-Ledger: "...the 32-year old artist's technique impressed; despite his low-key demeanor, his playing produced passionate sounds.
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