The Week in Reviews, Op. 217: Anne Akiko Meyers; Sergei Dogadin; Itzhak Perlman; Joshua Bell

February 12, 2018, 11:29 AM · 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.

Anne Akiko Meyers premiered the Adam Schoenberg Concerto with the San Diego Symphony.

Anne Akiko Meyers
Violinist Anne Akiko Meyers. Photo by David Zentz.

Sergei Dogadin performed the Tchaikovsky in winning the 2nd Singapore International Violin Competition.

Itzhak Perlman performed works by Schubert, Strauss, and Debussy in recital with pianist Rohan De Silva.

Joshua Bell performed works by Mozart, Strauss, Janácek, and Schubert in recital with pianist Jeremy Denk.

Elina Vahala performed the Sibelius with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra.

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February 13, 2018 at 08:13 PM · "Her work has saved her from becoming a celebrity." Hmmm...

February 14, 2018 at 04:56 PM · I thought the wording a bit strange as well. I took "unshowy approach to her work" to mean not having things like dancing or pyrotechnics in her performances (think Lindsey Stirling or Andre Rieu, who are probably more well known than AAM outside the classical music world), which is fine with me!

February 16, 2018 at 08:07 AM · ~ Let us Not think the last name of the composer, Schoenberg, is that of Schornberg, Arnold, as it is more than coincidental ... Only Tuesday one was speaking-writing about the late music

critic of the New York Times, Harold Schoenberg. If Adam Schoenberg is a son or Grandson

of the famed Harold Schoenberg, he may have been with his father or Grandfather long enough

to hear many opinions expressed from a critic's perspective & sometimes not heartfelt, yet with

pedagogical musicological views. If someone is 'adopting' the Schoenberg name, keen musical awareness is in order.

Agreeing with Paul Deck's comment or musing of AAM, as written up in the San Diego Union -Tribune, 'Her unshowy approach to her work has saved her from becoming a celebrity ... ' is a

venture into the quest for 'celebrity' by the critic who wrote those words ~ These days the word,

Celebrity, may not be an adjective one would wish attached to one's name? When I think back

to my late violin mentor, Master Violinist, Nathan Milstein's, 'take' on celebrity, i.e., Hollywood's made overnight version, one certainly steers away yet can capture interest through one's utter

mastery of Great Violin Playing and music making as did the fabled Nathan Milstein, who was

wisely counseled from an early age to 'always be dignified & avoid fame for fame's sake.' I say this with knowledge of such from "the horse's mouth", as during 3 and 1/2 years intense private

study with Mr. Milstein at his home in London, (3 to 4 & 1/2 hours pr. session twice a week) after wondrous 'tutorial's' at High Tea, much discussion ensued about NM's early training and

environment at home ... Suffice to say, Milstein was celebrated, globally, but for and by all who were breathless when trying to describe his 'other world' artistry & fabled Bow Arm (which, btw,

*had No relation to a 'straight bow' technique which is un-natural to the human

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