The Week in Reviews, Op. 253: Tessa Lark; James Ehnes; Pinchas Zukerman
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Tessa Lark. Photo by Lauren Desberg.
Tessa Lark premiered Michael Torke's bluegrass Violin Concerto "Sky" with the Albany Symphony Orchestra.
- Times Union: "In a piece tailored to her strengths, Lark played with apparent ease and unaffected beauty."
James Ehnes performed Shostakovich’s Concerto No. 1 in A minor with the Sarasota Orchestra.
- Herald-Tribune: "Superlatives hardly capture the degree of dramatic intensity, riveting musicality and virtuosic technique that made Ehnes’ performance...hold his audience breathlessly in its command."
- YourObserver.com: "Ehnes is one of the most outstanding violinists I have ever heard. Every note is musical, real and full of meaning. His technique is seemingly flawless, and even in the craggy music of this concerto, he projects warmth and sincerity with a tone that can only be called sumptuous."
Pinchas Zukerman performed the Brahms Concerto, and the Brahms Double with cellist Amanda Forsyth, with the Los Angeles Philharmonic.
- Los Angeles Times: "As far as the concertos were concerned, Mehta proved a mensch, putting his soloists first. Violinist Pinchas Zukerman was slow to warm up Thursday in the Violin Concerto, with nuance coming more easily than tone quality. He was joined by the impressive cellist Amanda Forsyth on Saturday for a dramatic reading of the Double Concerto..."
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