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The Week in Reviews, Op. 230: Isabelle Faust; Joshua Bell; Patricia Kopatchinskaja

May 15, 2018, 10:34 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.

Isabelle Faust performed the Robert Schumann Violin Concerto with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.

Isabelle Faust
Isabelle Faust. Photo by Felix Broede.

Patricia Kopatchinskaja performed Ligeti's Violin Concerto with the Aurora Orchestra at the Southbank Centre’s Ligeti in Wonderland festival.

Joshua Bell performed the Bruch Concerto with the Columbus Symphony Orchestra.

Vadim Gluzman performed Beethoven’s Violin Concerto with the ProMusica Chamber Orchestra.

Cho-Liang Lin performed Lalo Schifrin's "Tangos Concertantes" with the Greensboro Symphony Orchestra.

Renaud Capucon performed the Mendelssohn Violin Concerto with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra.

Emmanuelle Boisvert performed the Berg Violin Concerto with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra.

Susanna Perry Gilmore performed the Berg Violin Concerto with the Omaha Symphony.

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May 17, 2018 at 04:34 AM · Having attended the premiere of Schumann's Violin Concerto performed by my good friend and Violinist colleague, Henryk Szeryng, w/the RPO in London's Royal Festival Hall, it might well have proved intriguing to hear Ms. Faust's 'take' on this can-be dreary Violin Concerto! When the then-Ambassador from Mexico Szeryng performed the Schumann the first time, he exuded true joy - most probably for having 'discovered' this 'sleeper' violin concerto, rather than its emotionally deprived & less than spiritual musical content by its hailed for Centuries Composer ...

Respectfully received by the infamously hard to please RFH (Royal Festival Hall) audience & serious music critic press, it seemed Henryk Szeryng was the most enthusiastic supporter of Schumann's work! He did record this Violin Concerto under, I believe, the Phillips Record label umbrelled by Polydor to some modest recording sales success. Actually record sales sometimes are a bit inconsequential compared to an inward feeling of discovery & addition to violin concert repertoire. I do think Henryk Szeryng felt the latter about 'his' Schumann!

Chicago Tribune critic, John von Rhein, the highly respected music reviewer, gave Ms. Faust fine praise despite the soggy Schumann Violin Concerto & Chicago Symphony Orchestra + accompaniment he so aptly described! Kudos go to von Rhein, a sensitive accompanying CSO & Ms. Isabelle Faust!

*Elisabeth Matesky / Chicago

*Ms. Matesky held membership in Sir Georg Solti's mighty

CSO on a respite from her international concert soloist tours.

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