The Week in Reviews, Op. 190: Vadim Repin; Nicola Benedetti; Anne Akiko Meyers
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Vadim Repin performed the Sibelius with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.
- Chicago Tribune: "Repin went to the stillness and melancholy at the heart of the Sibelius concerto. The throb of the Siberian virtuoso's vibrato and the strength of his bow arm made the slow movement feel like a continuous cantabile line stretching to infinity. One could imagine a more note-perfect reading but few as communicative as this."
Vadim Repin. Photo by Gela Megrelidze.
Nicola Benedetti performed Shostakovich's Violin Concerto No. 1 with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales.
- The Arts Desk: "She didn’t disappoint, giving a performance of Shostakovich's First Violin Concerto that demonstrated all her strengths: precision, focus, variety of colour and mood, but above all the passion and conviction needed to make sense of this long and emotionally complex work."
- The Telegraph: "It’s often played with a harshly intense tone, but Benedetti gave it an unaccustomed sweetness."
Anne Akiko Meyers gave a live premiere of the Samuel Jones Violin Concerto with the Eastern Music Festival.
- Greensboro News & Record: "Throughout the work, Meyers’ lyric playing displayed the utmost tenderness, and her fervent playing was heartfelt. The fiendish technical passages? Not a problem for this player of super finesse and passion."
Angelo Xiang Yu performed Saint-Saëns’ Violin Concerto No. 3 with the Grant Park Orchestra.
- Chicago Classical Review: "The Chinese violinist has an undeniably impressive technique and sailed through the outer movements’ challenges with sturdy musicianship and a sweet, beguiling tone."
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