The Week in Reviews, Op. 196: Andrew Wan, Leonidas Kavakos, Joshua Bell
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Andrew Wan performed Bruch's Violin Concerto No. 1 with the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra.
- Edmonton Journal: "His rich tone in the slow movement was gorgeous, matching the glow of the sun slowly sinking behind thin clouds in a haze of golden-yellow light. Rather unexpectedly, though, the highlight of the performance was the last movement."
Leonidas Kavakos performed the Brahms with the Filarmonica della Scala.
- The Guardian: "Brahms’s Violin Concerto, played with compelling seriousness by Athens-born Leonidas Kavakos, is weighty yet compressed and majestic. Lucerne’s beautiful – in all respects – KKL hall slightly favoured the soloist. Having followed Kavakos’s every supple trill and pliant detail, I was aware that the orchestra had not commanded such close attention."
Joshua Bell performed Lalo's "Symphonie Espagnole" with the Los Angeles Philharmonic.
- Los Angeles Times: "Bell’s middle ground feels a little dated, not that there isn’t yet another fad for restoring early ’80s knickknacks. He tossed off the most difficult passages with admirable ease. He played expressive lyric melodies with creamy ease. If his pyrotechnics can seem generic, so what? Fireworks are another Bowl tradition."
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