The Week in Reviews, Op. 233: Maxim Vengerov; Nikolaj Znaider; Leia Zhu
In an effort to promote the coverage of live violin performance, Violinist.com each week presents links to reviews of notable concerts and recitals around the world.
Maxim Vengerov performed the Bruch Violin Concerto and Saint-Saens’s 'Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso' with the Wurth Philharmonic.
- The Herald: "Full of expression on the part of both soloist and orchestra it certainly was, but what was most striking was the ensemble sound of the finale, with none of the grandstanding on the part of the violinist that often characterises performances of the work."
- EdinburghGuide.com: "One of the best violinists in the world, he elicited the most exquisite, soulful interpretation of this famous concerto I have ever heard."
Nikolaj Znaider performed the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra.
- Atlanta Journal-Constitution: "Znaider had been pressed into service to perform the Tchaikovsky when Hilary Hahn withdrew from the concert, and the Danish violinist played with a vigor and determination that would have been hard for anyone to match."
- ArtsATL: "This particular performance came off less lush than often heard, but in doing so set a framework that really emphasized the part of the soloist. Znaider’s playing has a fine tensile strength to it, anyway, even in the music’s most sweet and melodic passages, and was clearly heard throughout."
Leia Zhu performed Carmen Fantasie by Franz Waxman with the Novosibirsk Philharmonic Orchestra at the Trans-Siberian Art Festival.
- The Strad: "Eleven-year-old British violinist Leia Zhu demonstrated a disarming security in the pyrotechnics that followed, with lightning-fast shifts, cut-glass harmonics and an obvious familiarity with the choreography of concerto performance."
Grace Clifford performed the Mendelssohn Violin Concerto with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra.
- The Advertiser: "Clifford although young, brings great artistic maturity. This shone through in her interpretation and collaboration with the ASO....The fast, last movement particularly allowed Clifford to dazzle with her impressive technical command."
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