The Week in Reviews, Op. 218: Isabelle Faust; Vilde Frang; Joshua Bell

February 19, 2018, 2:20 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.

Isabelle Faust performed the Mendelssohn with the Cleveland Orchestra.

Isabelle Faust
Isabelle Faust. Photo by Felix Broede.

Vilde Frang performed the Beethoven with the Los Angeles Philharmonic.

Joshua Bell performed Wieniawski's Violin Concerto No. 2 with the Philadelphia Orchestra.

Ruggero Allifranchini performed the Vivaldi with the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra.

Yi-Jia Susanne Hou performed the Mendelssohn with the Lansing Symphony.

Sergey Khachatryan performed the Beethoven with the Ulster Orchestra.

Joshua Bell performed in recital with pianist Sam Haywood in Urbana, Ill.:

Joshua Brown performed Vivaldi's "Four Seasons" with the Champaign-Urbana Symphony.

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February 20, 2018 at 01:24 AM · I didn't know the Beethoven Concerto had a "Fritz Kreisler first movement."

February 20, 2018 at 07:58 PM · She was doing the Kreisler cadenza, lol.

February 24, 2018 at 01:23 AM · I envy the audience in Cleveland who got to hear Isabelle Faust. From her recordings and YouTube performances, I place her among the very best violin soloists going.

I did get to hear James Ehnes, with Kent Nagano, perform the Beethoven concerto today via live feed from the Gothenburg Symphony. I predict he'll get great reviews from the Swedish media; meantime, he's got one from me.

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