The Week in Reviews, Op. 235: Elizabeth Pitcairn; Itzhak Perlman; Alina Ibragimova
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.
Elizabeth Pitcairn performed "The Red Violin" with Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra.
- Cincinnati Business Courier: "Pitcairn and her violin made a stunning case for the beauty of this score, with haunting themes that echo the moodiness of the tale. An accomplished artist, she navigated formidable technical feats with ease. It was a treat to hear the violin’s exquisite, sweet tone communicated in her long, lyrical phrases."
Elizabeth Pitcairn. Photo by Joy Strotz.
Itzhak Perlman performed the Mendelssohn Violin Concerto with the Los Angeles Philharmonic.
- Los Angeles Times: "As the performance progressed Perlman loosened up, and despite the now reedy tone and effortful intonation, you could sense the Perlman of legend. He also seemed to hit it off with Dudamel, who posted a charming video on Twitter of the two clowning around at the morning rehearsal, with Dudamel playing the opening of the concerto and Perlman conducting."
Alina Ibragimova premiered Rolf Wallin’s "Whirld" with the Bergen Philharmonic.
- The Guardian: "Wallin’s Whirld is a more conventional violin concerto, and much more musically substantial....it is the perfect vehicle for Alina Ibragimova's special brand of virtuosity. It is hard to imagine another soloist presenting the concerto with the intensity and commitment she brought to it here."
- Evening Standard: "The soloist, Alina Ibragimova, whirling like a dervish, dazzlingly dispatched more semiquavers than she will have to all season."
- musicOMH: "Alina Ibragimova took the solo, representing the dove, and gave a dazzling account of the challenging violin part, which ranged from mournful, squeaky glissandi through occasional chirpings, to some mind-bogglingly busy fluttering passages, during which smoke surely rose from the strings."
Pekka Kuusisto premiered Philip Venables’ Violin Concerto, "Venables Plays Bartok," with the BBC Symphony Orchestra.
- The Guardian: "In a sense, it is more musical documentary than concerto, charting Botta’s struggles against the Nazis and the subsequent Soviet regime. But it is a showcase for the soloist, Pekka Kuusisto, too, exploiting both his breathtaking technique and the intrinsic winsomeness of his onstage performances/"
- Sequenza 21: "Pekka Kuusisto, the soloist, was also a sort of master of ceremonies and guide through the piece, introducing and explaining it at the beginning and announcing each of the Bartok pieces as they appeared. His playing was pretty much perfect."
Augustin Hadelich performed Beethoven Violin Concerto with the Singapore Symphony Orchestra.
- The Strait Times: "Hadelich's playing provided much to admire - great fluency, a sweet and musical vibrato and a sense of ease throughout."
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