The Week in Reviews, Op. 281: Daniel Lozakovich; Joshua Bell; Rachel Barton Pine; Nemanja Radulovic
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.
Violinist Daniel Lozakovich. Photo by Lev Efimov.
Daniel Lozakovich performed Bruch’s Violin Concerto No. 1 with the Cleveland Orchestra.
- Cleveland Plain Dealer: "This was no rigid, perfunctory reading by an 18-year-old prodigy. This was the heartfelt work of a consummate professional, a performance as sincere and moving as anyone’s."
Joshua Bell performed Dvorák’s Violin Concerto with the Bamberg Symphony Orchestra at BBC Prom 2.
- theartsdesk.com: "Joshua Bell played the Violin Concerto with a poise and refinement that underlined its sophistication and delicacy rather than its nativist credentials, especially in the long, ravishing lines of the adagio that trickily follows without a break after the allegro."
Rachel Barton Pine performed Ernest Chausson’s four-movement Concerto in D Major for Violin, Piano, and String Quartet at the Valley of the Moon Festival.
- San Francisco Classical Voice: "...soloist Rachel Barton Pine and five colleagues brought down the house with an inspired performance of Chausson’s rarely heard masterpiece."
Nemanja Radulovic performed the Barber Violin Concerto with the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra at BBC Prom 4.
- Evening Standard/Go London: "...his beguilingly sensuous tone and eloquent phrasing were immediately apparent and perfectly attuned to the genial expressive qualities of Samuel Barber’s late Romantic Violin Concerto."
- Broadway World: "With his long black hair, skin-tight trousers and lush, brocade tails, he is certainly eye-catching to look at, but it is his playing that immediately grabs onto every sense. A child prodigy, it is easy to see the passion and skill, as he became totally immersed in his music."
- Music OMH: "Sunday evening’s performance was as good as it gets. The soloist, Nemanja Radulovic....(is) an engaging performer – swaying, dancing, and in complete communication with the orchestra, catching the eye of each section that accompanies him, as though sharing a special moment."
James Ehnes performed Benjamin Britten's Violin Concerto with the Orchestra of the Royal Academy of Music and The Juilliard School at BBC Prom 6.
- Broadway World: "James Ehnes joined the orchestra for a masterful performance as the soloist, before being encouraged back for a Bach encore."
iPalpiti performed an arrangement of Kreutzer Violin Sonata in C Minor for string symphony at Walt Disney Concert Hall.
- San Francisco Classical Voice: "The whole thing was played with zest and fire by iPalpiti, with unified execution in rapid passages originally written for the solo violin that sound difficult to hold together, and equally cohesive delicacy in the quiet variations of the second movement."
Blake Pouliot performed Mendelssohn's Violin Concerto in E minor with the San Francisco Symphony.
- The Berkeley Daily Planet: "Wielding his bow, Blake Pouliot tore into the Mendelssohn Violin Concerto like a rock musician wielding an electric guitar."
Violist Nils M?nkemeyer performed Bartók’s Viola Concerto with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra.
- Limelight: "M?nkemeyer’s tone is remarkably clear and powerful, and although he took a less forceful approach than some (like, for instance, Kim Kashkashian’s vicious and raw performance), there was still plenty of bite where needed."
Mandolinist Avi Avital performed with the Venice Baroque Orchestra in Rockport, Mass.
- Boston Musical Intelligencer: "The indefatigable Avital and the Venetians instilled "L’estate" ("Summer" from Vivaldi's "The Four Seasons") with the most vivid colors and sounds anyone could summon at the end of a generous show. This tour de force stunned and amazed the grateful, cheering crowd."
Grace Clifford performed Dvorák’s Violin Concerto with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra.
- ArtsHub: "She appeared relaxed on stage, fully engaged in the music and interplaying well with the orchestra. At just 18-years-of-age, we can only anticipate the stellar career ahead of her."
Catherine Lawlor performed the Brahms Violin Concerto with the Chichester Symphony Orchestra.
- Chichester Observer: "...the CSO’s one-time Leader, Catherine Lawlor, stepped up to give a truly breath-taking performance."
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