The Week in Reviews, Op. 247: Tai Murray; Jennifer Koh; Julian Rachlin; Richard Tognetti
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Tai Murray performed in recital at the Phillips Collection.
- Washington Post: "Murray plays with a fierce intensity and commitment that gave each of the works a veneer of greatness....But I wished she had thrown in a contrasting piece of a different kind of musical substance."
Tai Murray. Photo by Marco Borggreve.
Jennifer Koh performed Gyorgy Ligeti’s Violin Concerto with the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra.
- Los Angeles Times: "By the time she tore her way through Ligeti’s densely textured and polyrhythmic five-movement work, which features an extravagantly complex cadenza in the finale, Koh’s violin bow seemed to have little horsehair left. Throughout, she displayed commanding strength and stamina, meeting Ligeti’s indication in the score to play with 'crazed virtuosity.'"
Julian Rachlin and Sarah McElravy performed Mozart's Sinfonia Concertante and the Bach Double with the Naples Philharmonic.
- Naples Daily News: "It was probably the most graceful interpretation I've ever heard of the work. I would have listened to them play it again gladly."
Richard Tognetti performed and conducted the Beethoven Violin Concerto with the Australian Chamber Orchestra.
- Brisbane Times: "Tognetti chose to play a "synthesis" of the cadenzas created by the eminent violinists throughout history: Henri Vieuxtemps, Ottokar Novácek (incorporating timpani), Fritz Keisler, Leopold Auer and Ferdinand Laub. The result was a curious combination of homage to past superstars and an exhibition of Tognetti’s own considerable expertise."
- The Daily Telegraph: "...the overall impression was that Tognetti’s experiment on this occasion was not a complete success."
- The West Australian: "Tognetti’s rendition of the violin concerto was as nearly nude as is legal, a stripped-back timbre playing with tempi and intonation, pushing the edge of interpretation. Minimalist in signature, he swept from a sylph-like opening to full voice to ethereal harmonics. Dynamics ranged from barely there cadenza passages, clear as a bell, to plangent chords in full ensemble, underpinned by Brian Nixon’s timpani."
Renaud Capucon performed the Korngold Violin Concerto with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra.
- The Sydney Morning Herald: "French violinist Renaud Capucon had the perfect sound for Korngold's Violin Concerto in D, Opus 35, playing with the vivid expressiveness Hollywood made famous, but with never a hint of cloying sentimentality."
Roger Wilkie performed the Brahms Violin Concerto with the Long Beach Symphony.
- The Grunion: "He let Brahms’s great music speak for itself, while adding his own personal touches here and there."
Mayu Kishima performed Shostakovich Violin Concerto No. 1 with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra.
- Performing Arts Hub: "Kishima’s understated authority and powerful playing style are tailor made for Shostakovich’s chaotic and emotive compositions....With the orchestra swirling around her like a tempest, Kishima refused to budge and her total command of tempo was as thrilling as it was moving."
Richard Lin performed the Korngold Concerto with the Singapore Symphony Orchestra.
- The Strait Times: "Lin possesses unbridled virtuosity, but it was left to Bakels and the SSO to create the richly romantic atmosphere, which lies at the heart of Korngold's work."
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