The Week in Reviews, Op. 321: Stefan Jackiw; Hilary Hahn, Anne-Sophie Mutter
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Composer Conrad Tao and violinist Stefan Jackiw.
Stefan Jackiw performed the world premiere of Conrad Tao's Violin Concerto with the Atlanta Symphony Orcheatra.
- The Atlanta Journal-Constitution: "Tao’s violin concerto is important commentary on the here and now by an established piano virtuoso and an important young compositional voice that joins a burgeoning genre of pandemic art."
Hilary Hahn performed Brahms’ Violin Concerto with the Utah Symphony.
- Utah Arts Review: "... she was a picture of relaxed confidence and seemingly effortless musicality. As she occasionally swayed and even danced to the music, Hahn deployed her formidable technique almost invisibly and in service of Brahmsian ideas that flowed as if she were composing on the spot."
Anne-Sophie Mutter performed Joseph Bologne's Concerto No. 2 in A major with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra.
- Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: "Though the composer was a contemporary of Mozart’s, his skill as a violinist allowed him to compose especially intricate passages that flashed in Mutter’s hands, drawing the occasional gasp from listeners, a rarity at a classical concert."
Tessa Lark performed Michael Torke's "Sky" violin concerto with the Chicago Sinfonietta.
- Chicago Classical Review: "...the outer movements bristled with foot-stomping energy and verve, and Lark raced through the 'Spirited' finale, tossing off its brilliant fireworks with airtight technique and at furious velocity."
Bella Hristova performed the Sibelius Violin Concerto with the the Spokane Symphony.
- The Spokesman-Review: "As soloist in the Sibelius Violin Concerto, however, she emerged as a fiery angel, expressing the intense yearning and ecstatic passion of this most passionate of violin concertos through showers of notes and unstinting torrents of golden tone from her magnificent Amati violin of 1655."
Benjamin Beilman, Martin Chalifour, Grace Park and Zach DePue performed in separate concerts at the San Diego Mainly Mozart Festival.
- San Diego Reader: "Mainly Mozart is onto something quite simple yet profound. Hire the best possible musicians you can find, and then let them do what they do. The result is a consistent level of musical excellence that is unrivaled anywhere."
Esther Yoo performed in recital with pianist Yekwon Sunwoo at Wigmore Hall.
- theartsdesk.com: "Kreisler’s Recitativo and Scherzo-Caprice for solo violin from 1911, possibly the highlight of the evening, brought out a wonderful instinct for pacing, and a deep sense of the freedom, invention and glorious sound (Yoo) can muster."
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