The Week in Reviews, Op. 245: Gina DiBello; Christian Tetzlaff; Gil Shaham; Jennifer Koh
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Gina DiBello performed Vivaldi's "The Four Seasons" with Music of the Baroque in Chicago.
- Chicago Classical Review: "After the instantly familiar opening statement, solo protagonist DiBello, acting concertmaster Kevin Case, and principal second Sharon Polifrone delivered an improvisatory episode imitating the uncoordinated chirping of small birds. Hearing this, one was struck by how easy it is to forget that there is music that follows the first thirty seconds of 'Spring,' much less music of such modern sensibilities."
Gina DiBello. Image courtesy Chicago Symphony Orchestra.
Christian Tetzlaff performed the Berg Violin Concerto with the Cleveland Orchestra.
- Cleveland.com: "Violinist Tetzlaff approached Berg’s profound Violin Concerto (“To the Memory of an Angel”) with deep commitment and brilliant technique. The concerto only allows for a few moments of respite here and there for the soloist, but Tetzlaff maintained a high level of emotion in his playing, with a notably singing tone and, when called for, great power of expression."
Gil Shaham performed Prokofiev Violin Concerto No. 1 with the New York Philharmonic.
- Broadway World: "Of the five separate strands in this sound world, there are lyrical lines as well as truly savage moments. Mr. Shaham tore into that savagery with his own inimitable ferocity. In spite of the orchestra's sometimes overwhelming volume - the dynamics occasionally got away from Mr. Sokhiev - Mr. Shaham's overall artistry provided a satisfying end to the first half of this otherwise and thus far uninspiring concert."
Jennifer Koh performed Vijay Iyer’s Concerto for Violin, "Trouble," with the Vermont Symphony Orchestra.
- Rutland Herald: "Violinist Jennifer Koh, long familiar to VSO audiences, delivered a convincing and personal performance, no surprise as the work was written for her. The work was essentially musical storytelling, with a flowing narrative."
Augustin Hadelich performed the Benjamin Britten Violin Concerto with the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra.
- NJ.com: "All one has to hear is a few notes from Hadelich, the 34-year old Grammy-winning Italian virtuoso, to be convinced he is indeed a fine fiddle player. Hadelich and his 1723 Stradivarius violin make blooming melodies and tactile textures that delight the ear."
Alina Ibragimova performed Shostakovich’s Violin Concerto No. 2 with the Seattle Symphony.
- The SunBreak: "Her fine technique was married to a rich deep tone without scratches even in the most emphatic passages and she tossed off the many short solo passages with confident ease."
Anthony Marwood conducted and performed Peteris Vasks' Violin Concerto, "Distant Light," with the New Century Chamber Orchestra.
- Datebook: "Vasks’ writing proved soulful, elegant and wonderfully elusive, and Marwood – a player of warmth and understated charm – turned out to be an ideal interpreter."
Dylana Jenson performed the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto with the Marin Symphony.
- San Francisco Classical Voice: "Jenson varied the pace and emphasized the harmonies so successfully she transformed the racing scales from etude tests of prowess to supporting ornaments for the returning theme."
Sergej Krylov performed Paganini Concerto No. 1 with the Charlotte Symphony.
- Broadway World: "...seeing this music performed live surpasses what you can merely hear. The speed, the exquisite harmonics, the double bowing, and the ricochet bowing heighten the drama when you watch them executed with such energy, deftness, and excitement."
Sergei Dogadin performed the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto with the Sarasota Orchestra.
- Herald-Tribune: "The highly acclaimed Dogadin played with fiery bravado, flying through the legendary technical demands of this concerto at a wickedly fast pace."
- YourObserver.com: "His playing, with flawless technique and execution, gave good evidence to his long string of prizes in international competitions."
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