The Week in Reviews, Op. 323: Hilary Hahn; Leonidas Kavakos; Anne Akiko Meyers; Anne-Sophie Mutter
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Violinist Hilary Hahn. Photo by O.J. Slaughter, courtesy Decca.
Hilary Hahn performed the Brahms Violin Concerto with the National Symphony Orchestra.
- The Washington Post: "Hahn took flight from her entrance and scarcely relented, delivering tension one moment, tenderness the next. Her cadenza toward the close of the first movement was a feat of control and abandon, a stunning balance of the explosive and expressive — especially its soft landing."
Leonidas Kavakos performed the Brahms Violin Concerto with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.
- wttw News: "But this Thursday’s second concert in the fall series was absolutely electrifying as Leonidas Kavakos...returned to the stage with a galvanic rendering of Brahms’ 1878 'Violin Concerto in D Major,' leaving the packed house in a state of contained awe between movements, but then finally erupting in a standing ovation and extended volcanic applause once it drew to its rousing finale."
Anne Akiko Meyers performed in recital with pianist Fabio Bidini in Los Angeles.
- Violinist.com: "...through a combination of fine playing, sincere music-making and thoughtful programming, violinist Anne Akiko Meyers and pianist Fabio Bidini had audience members dabbing their eyes and sighing 'ah,' during their recital at the Wallis."
Anne-Sophie Mutter performed John Williams Violin Concerto No. 2 with the Boston Symphony Orchestra.
- The Boston Musical Intelligencer: "The Concerto is a must-hear. It dazzles and emotes, making known the mind of a composer out of Hollywood writing concert music. It was at once beautifully bewildering and a masterfully crafted work."
- wbur: "...little of my first hearing of this piece was staying with me."
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