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The Week in Reviews, Op. 190: Vadim Repin; Nicola Benedetti; Anne Akiko Meyers

July 25, 2017, 2:39 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.

Vadim Repin performed the Sibelius with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.

Vadim Repin
Vadim Repin. Photo by Gela Megrelidze.

Nicola Benedetti performed Shostakovich's Violin Concerto No. 1 with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales.

Anne Akiko Meyers gave a live premiere of the Samuel Jones Violin Concerto with the Eastern Music Festival.

Angelo Xiang Yu performed Saint-Saëns’ Violin Concerto No. 3 with the Grant Park Orchestra.

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July 27, 2017 at 12:15 AM · Ilya Kaler played with the Clarence (NY) Summer Orchestra this past Sunday. He began with a most delicious Meditation from Thais, a flamboyant and wondrous Zigeunerweisen, Shindler's List and the Sarasate Carmen Fantasy...he was superb as usual. He tantalized beyond the usual in the Gypsy Airs...delaying one pizzicato in the slow intro so long that a couple of the orchestra members (and me ) were spell bound waiting for him to cadence...his flickering eyebrows revealed that he was "playing us" with such a maneuver....His Carmen was flawless, wonderful harmonics and tasteful tempi throughout...He is a monster player of the first order.

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