The Week in Reviews, Op. 303: Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center; Leila Josefowicz; Isabelle Faust

December 24, 2019, 2:25 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.

Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center
Musicians from the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center.

Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center performed all six of Bach's Brandenburg Concerti.

Leila Josefowicz performed Stravinsky’s Violin Concerto in D with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.

Isabelle Faust and Friends performed in recital at Wigmore Hall.

Michael Shih performed the Brahms Violin Concerto with the Fort Worth Symphony.

Benjamin Baker performed Elgar's Violin Concerto with the Ipswich Symphony Orchestra.

Monique Mead performed the Beethoven Violin Concerto with the Edgewood Symphony Orchestra as part of 'Beethoven in the Face of Adversity.'

Song of Names, movie about a violinist based on a novel by Norman Lebrecht, premieres in theatres.

Please support music in your community by attending a concert or recital whenever you can!


December 29, 2019 at 04:05 PM · Re ~ Leila Josefowicz w/CSO/Edo de Waart in Stravinsky's Violin Concerto en Re ( Symphony Center, Chicago )

To quote a Review from WTTW is quite surprising as PBS TV Channel 11, WTTW, hasn't normally offered Classical Music Critiques on air ~ It might behoove the Editor of, Laurie Niles, to check on this ... She runs a fine website & if this 'review' is a verbal critique taken from one of our local 'Chicago Tonight' PBS Television News programme's, Laurie certainly deserves knowing the Source from whom it comes w/ the date it was uttered or written if not already 'in the loop' aware?

I know Leila Josefowicz's playing, having written about a violin recital she gave for the Chicago Stradivari Society, founded by now late Owner/co-Founder of Bein & Fushi, Geoffrey Fushi. Writing for the Strad in London, my review was published in '90's paper print format which was complimentary to the then younger violinist, Leila Josefowicz. Knowing Igor Stravinsky's vibrant Violin Concerto (also having been Maestro Stravinsly's Concertmaster for the West Coast Premiere of his only Opera, 'The Rakes Progress', at USC Bovard Auditorium in the mid 1960's, one has an abiding love for all of Stravinsky's works!) Assured Leila Josefowicz loves the Violin Concerto which is full of devilish violinistic passage work amid a 'red' Joie di vie spirit, it seems reasonable to check on Who verbalised the words above or wrote them in a Publication? We have superb Music Critics here in Chicago & I could 'snoop' to see if John von Rhein penned a Music Review in The Chicago Tribune following Thursday evening's Dec. 19th, 2019, Subscription Series first night Stravinsky Violin Concerto offering with the superb Dutch Conductor, Edo de Waart, conducting the CSO from the Symphony Center podium ~

Seeking authentic clarification in a deserved by Violinist, Leila Josefowicz, Music Critique, I'll try to rxport back or better yet, will wait awhile to see if there are any further developments from the fine Editor of, Laurie Niles ~

Wishing a banner New Year & Decade, 2020!!!

Elisabeth Matesky / Chicago *


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