The Week in Reviews, Op. 279: Anne-Sophie Mutter; Vadim Gluzman; Simone Porter
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.
Anne-Sophie Mutter. Photo by Stefan Höderath, courtesy Deutsche Grammophon.
Anne-Sophie Mutter performed Andre Previn’s Violin Concerto with the Boston Symphony Orchestra at Tanglewood.
- Boston Globe: "To the solo part, Mutter applied her usual chilly elegance and wry phrases with several dashes of sweetness. Behind her, the orchestra traded in lush cinematic fantasies, inquisitive wind and brass solos, and dark chromatic sequences. The piece sometimes rambles on longer than it needs to, but its most poignant moments stuck in the mind — a cadenza of keening double stops, a sustained final note that Mutter didn’t want to let go."
- MassLive: "Mutter gave a passionate performance Saturday night of Previn’s violin concerto written just for her. Often, the music has a haunting, wistful quality, especially in the longer second and third movements. Mutter played such parts especially well, tenderly caressing each note out of her violin."
Vadim Gluzman performed Prokofiev’s Second Violin Concerto with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra.
- The Sydney Morning Herald: "Vadim Gluzman played Prokofiev’s Violin Concerto No. 2 in G minor, Opus 63 with masterly eloquence, clarity and a tone of unforced beauty and strength even in Prokofiev’s sardonic moments."
- Limelight: "With a refulgent upper register, Gluzman’s sound cut through the colourful textures of Prokofiev’s orchestral writing – Zhang coaxing plenty of depth and subtlety from the SSO strings – and established the soloist as very much the main event."
- J-Wire: "From the opening solo passage, with his Strad singing like a call from heaven, he was in complete control. The Prokofiev second violin concerto is as technically demanding as it is melodically rich, with few furloughs for the soloist and extended passages of tricky double-stopping. Gluzman turned in a peerless performance."
Simone Porter performed Prokofiev’s Violin Concerto No. 1 with the Aspen Music Festival Orchestra.
- The Aspen Times: "The marquee concerto, the Prokofiev, found soloist Simone Porter (another Aspen alum) playing with her trademark agility and purity in the silky opening pages. She dug into the rougher sections, but not hard enough to realize the potential of the contrasts. This put more emphasis on the sweeter lyric sections, and that’s how the concerto ends, the result leaving a cuddly impression."
Jenny Gregoire performed Mozart's Concerto No. 4 with the the Eastern Festival Orchestra.
- News & Record (Greensboro): "The composition is filled with youthful excitement and Gregoire’s playing perfectly caught that enthusiasm. Her cadenza was marked by some impressive double stops and her reading of the slow, lyrical movement was stunningly beautiful."
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