The Week in Reviews, Op. 305: Pekka Kuusisto; Alina Ibragimova; Augustin Hadelich; Itzhak Perlman
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 Pekka Kuusisto. Photo by Maija Tammi.
Pekka Kuusisto performed the U.S. premiere of Nico Muhly's Violin Concerto "Shrink" with the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra.
- Minneapolis Star Tribune: "Kuusisto's solo part bobbed and wove its way amid the pulsing textures of Muhly's opening movement, one moment interweaving with the accompaniment, the next cutting free with jagged motifs and angular lunges toward the top end of the instrument."
- Pioneer Press: "...it was an absorbing work, and a difficult one impressively executed by Kuusisto and the orchestra."
Alina Ibragimova performed Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto in E minor with the London Symphony Orchestra.
- theartsdesk.com: "Tasteful and moderate in her vibrato, allowing herself few Romantic rubato indulgences, Ibragimova delivers not just a more classical Mendelssohn than many, but even one that reminds you of the composer’s role in resurrecting Bach himself."
Augustin Hadelich performed Paganini's Violin Concerto No. 1 in D Major with the Houston Symphony.
- Houston Chronicle: "... he did things other violinists might spend their whole lives trying to learn, and pulled them off with grace and poise."
Itzhak Perlman performed the Beethoven Violin Concerto with BYU Philharmonic.
- Deseret News: "For decades now, Perlman has unequivocally been judged by what he can do. And his concert at BYU reaffirmed the verdict: He is the leading violinist of our time."
Stefan Jackiw performed the Beethoven Violin Concerto with the Jacksonville Symphony.
- Florida Times-Union: "Stefan Jackiw('s) ... playing exhibited a silvery, lyrical tone that carried throughout the hall with seemingly effortless control. In repertoire like this, where every phrase has been so thoroughly plumbed by most of the greatest violinists of the past two centuries, Jackiw found subtleties and nuances galore, not allowing a single note to pass by unconsidered."
Esther Yoo performed Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto in D Major with ProMusica Chamber Orchestra.
- The Columbus Dispatch: "Yoo’s first entrance was haltingly elegant, utilizing impeccable dynamic shading and articulation. Her melodies were a voice in search of words. Runs, trills, and tumbling arpeggios were clean yet incomparably smooth. Double stops were graceful, when so many have a harsh shading."
Simone Porter performed the Sibelius Violin Concerto in D Minor with the Santa Rosa Symphony.
- San Francisco Classical Voice: "It was a visceral performance aided and abetted by flawless bowing and vibrato. Her bow arm was a marvel of fluidity."
Jonathan Godfrey performed works by Bach with Mercury.
- Texas Classical Review: "Yet Godfrey tossed off one concerto after another Saturday night with agility and precision, continuing tirelessly even as (conductor Antoine) Plante put the accent on fearlessly speedy tempos."
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