The Week in Reviews, Op. 196: Andrew Wan, Leonidas Kavakos, Joshua Bell

September 4, 2017, 12:18 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.

Andrew Wan performed Bruch's Violin Concerto No. 1 with the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra.

Andrew Wan
Andrew Wan.

Leonidas Kavakos performed the Brahms with the Filarmonica della Scala.

Joshua Bell performed Lalo's "Symphonie Espagnole" with the Los Angeles Philharmonic.

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September 4, 2017 at 10:41 PM · Sorry, but these are terrible reviews. Even in their entirety.

Not to say the reviewers perspective is valuable, but the actual reviews are terribly done.

September 4, 2017 at 11:27 PM · Such is the state of the art. Occasionally I run across a brilliantly-written review, but it's not very often. More often, the reviewer is a stringer who shows limited knowledge of the subject. The LA Times review this week, though, is written by that paper's regular reviewer. I'm not sure what his issue with Joshua Bell is, the " early ’80s knickknacks" is just puzzling to me but I was not at the concert, either. Or I would have written a review myself!

September 5, 2017 at 03:42 AM · Most reviews are more about the person writing the review than the topic at hand.

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