The Week in Reviews, Op. 263: Joshua Bell; Isabelle Faust; Milwaukee Principals

March 19, 2019, 1:05 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.

Joshua Bell
Violinist Joshua Bell.

Joshua Bell performed the Beethoven Violin Concerto with the Houston Symphony.

Isabelle Faust performed Dvorák's Violin Concerto with the London Symphony Orchestra.

Jennifer Startt, Jeanyi Kim, Timothy Klabunde, Ilana Setapen each performed one of Vivaldi's Four Seasons with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra.

Christian Tetzlaff performed Mozart’s Violin Concerto No. 3 in G with the San Francisco Symphony.

Anthony Marwood performed Beethoven’s Romance No. 2 and Violin Concerto with the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra.

Ray Chen performed Prokofiev's Violin Concerto No. 2 with the Singapore Symphony Orchestra.

Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra performed 'Tales of Two Cities' at Disney Hall.

Jennifer Pike performed Mozart's 3rd Violin Concerto with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.

Lu Siqing performed the Bruch Violin Concerto with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra.

The Pavel Haas Quartet performed in recital in Sarasota, Fl.

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March 19, 2019 at 07:25 PM · Not really sure how to read that Tetzlaff review.

March 20, 2019 at 12:23 AM · Paul -- Thanks for the flashback to bad memories of the SAT critical reading section... :-D

March 20, 2019 at 12:27 AM · Don’t worry — the author didn’t know how to write it, either!

March 20, 2019 at 11:54 AM · Tetzlaff review statement to ponder:" who began his career as a brilliant but expressively constrained performer, plays like someone with increasingly fewer hoots to give." Sincere question about this: was this the path of Ivry Gitlis or do I really not understand?

March 20, 2019 at 04:10 PM · I think it's a positive thing - you do it your way, you don't give a hoot. Yes?

March 20, 2019 at 07:41 PM · Yes, it IS a positive thing for the pros. I am, however, still working to get to a reasonable player, so I still have to give a load of hoots . But I love seeing the risk-takers. Since I am already old, I may never get to the part where I have that freedom. ;-)

March 20, 2019 at 07:44 PM · Yes, the freedom and joy is a positive thing. But they are already skilled and know where they can fly. I am already old but still have such a long way to go that I have to give a LOT of hoots yet. But it was a funny comment. ;-)

March 21, 2019 at 11:49 AM · Having lived in Indiana for almost as many years as Joshua Bell myself, I usually take at least a passing interest when I see a review of his performances. He has fabulous technique but can’t he play anything except the most popular concertos, short encore pieces, and The Meditation?

This week I enjoyed a concert by the three medalists at last years International Violin Competion of Indianapolis. Naturally each of the three played challenging virtuoso pieces but overall it was a meaty concert with a minimum of fluff. It began with a 17 year old high school student from Tokyo playing the Bach d-minor Chaconne. I was especially glad to hear the Prokofiev second sonata on the program. I thought it unusual that there was no Paganini on a program of this sort but it turned out that there was an encore, a transcription of Paganini’s 24th caprice for three violins.

March 21, 2019 at 04:39 PM · I don't give hoots. I give woots! (Which, I am told, are yeets these days).

March 21, 2019 at 06:03 PM · Glenn, that sounds like a great concert! I have to come to Josh's defense, though, he plays all kinds of stuff! But probably a lot of reviews are for performances where he is playing the standards. He's still the guy that played for The Red Violin, etc.

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