The Week in Reviews, Op. 283: Stephen Waarts; Nicola Benedetti; Joshua Bell; Gil Shaham
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 Stephen Waarts. Photo by Benjamin Ealovega
Stephen Waarts performed Khatchaturian’s Violin Concerto in D minor with the Aspen Chamber Orchestra.
- The Aspen Times: "The 23-year-old Dutch-American phenom tore into the Armenian-tinged music with gusto, but modulated intensity and dynamics deftly to shape the more lyrical sections."
Nicola Benedetti performed Bruch's Violin Concerto No. 1 with the Budapest Festival Orchestra at the Hollywood Bowl.
- Los Angeles Philharmonic: "Bruch’s syrupy Violin Concerto No. 1 was treated with rare nobility by the orchestra and its refined soloist, Nicola Benedetti. Depth was the order of an admirable evening of music making, in which everything was of the highest order."
Joshua Bell performed the Dvorak Violin Concerto with the Boston Symphony Orchestra at Tanglewood.
- The Berkshire Eagle: "...with his cleanly focused tone, nimble fingers, body gyrations and seemingly infinite variety of personal touches, it was excitable in an exciting way (not always the same thing)."
Gil Shaham performed Prokofiev Violin Concerto No 2 with the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra at BBC Prom 17
- theartsdesk.com: "The performance last night was remarkable for its agility and lightness."
Pinchas Zukerman performed Avner Dorman's Double Concerto with cellist Amanda Forsyth and the Boston Symphony Orchestra at Tanglewood.
- Boston Globe: "With her robust timbre and earthy accents set against his silvery sound, which was ethereal without being silky, they played with obvious relish, and sounded more at ease with the piece than the orchestra did."
Pekka Kuusisto performed the Sibelius Violin Concerto with the Scottish Symphony Orchestra at BBC Prom 20.
- The Guardian: "Kuusisto’s restrained and thoughtful reading, seemed to emerge with infinite gentleness out of a deep pool of shared musical memory."
Kerson Leong performed the Schumann Violin Concerto with the Singapore Symphony Orchestra.
- The Straits Times: "Leong plays on a gloriously warm-sounding Guaneri del Gesu violin and the influence of his mentor Augustin Dumay was clear in his rich tone, fluid bowing and natural lines. At just 22, he displays remarkable mastery of the violin."
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