The Week in Reviews, Op. 303: Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center; Leila Josefowicz; Isabelle Faust
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Musicians from the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center.
Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center performed all six of Bach's Brandenburg Concerti.
- Third Coast Review: "In the latest installment of what’s become an annual Yuletide tradition, the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center gave a wonderful performance of Johann Sebastian Bach’s six Brandenburg Concertos before a smaller than usual audience at the Harris Theater on Friday night. In doing so, they succeeded in accomplishing everything one hopes to see in a presentation of this challenging music...."
Leila Josefowicz performed Stravinsky’s Violin Concerto in D with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.
- WTTW: "Josefowicz (whose love of jazz and improv clearly have had an influence on her approach) was on fire from the moment she arrived onstage. Her extraordinarily expressive face and body were totally wed to the demonically difficult concerto in which Stravinsky uses the instrument in often eccentric, groundbreaking ways (whether in terms of bowing or fingering), and taps into all its possible 'voices.'"
Isabelle Faust and Friends performed in recital at Wigmore Hall.
- The Independent: "Under Faust’s leadership the band – brass, drums, and a double bass – play spiritedly."
Michael Shih performed the Brahms Violin Concerto with the Fort Worth Symphony.
- Theater Jones: "...it was a pleasure to hear (concertmaster) Shih featured by the orchestra."
Benjamin Baker performed Elgar's Violin Concerto with the Ipswich Symphony Orchestra.
- East Anglican Daily Times: "Soloist Benjamin Baker made an immediate impact on his entry and his warm tone, elegant phrasing and secure intonation never faltered."
Monique Mead performed the Beethoven Violin Concerto with the Edgewood Symphony Orchestra as part of 'Beethoven in the Face of Adversity.'
- Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: "She aimed to perform the violin concerto 50 times in 250 days. On Monday, she concluded her 50-concert tour..."
Song of Names, movie about a violinist based on a novel by Norman Lebrecht, premieres in theatres.
- New York Times: "There is much to admire in the fluidity of Girard’s storytelling, in the music (Ray Chen did the violin solos) and in the complicated questions raised about social obligations. Still, the movie never quite justifies the contrivance of its puzzle-box construction. "
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