The Week in Reviews, Op. 373: Randall Goosby; Cho-Liang Lin; Roberts Balanas; Joshua Bell
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Violinist Randall Goosby.
Randall Goosby performed Florence Price's Violin Concerto No. 1 and Violin Concerto No. 2 with the Philadelphia Orchestra.
- The Philadelphia Inquirer: "The main language...is unmistakably Price, an expression of Black American musical traditions wrapped in a feeling of ease that she alone owned. Goosby caught this aspect of the music’s character beautifully. There’s a golden glow around this piece, a sense of goodness in the world, for which the violinist and his deft virtuosity and pure sound were a perfect match."
Cho-Liang Lin performed the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto with Orchestra Iowa.
- The Gazette: "In my 40 years living and working in Cedar Rapids, I’ve never heard anything more virtuosic than world-renowned guest star Cho-Liang Lin’s blazing yet tender artistry on Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto in D Major."
Roberts Balanas performed solo works and covers at Omeara Club London.
- TheArtsDesk.com: "He made his solo debut in the Wigmore Hall at the age of 16, yet there was no sense of displacement as he appeared in London Bridge’s Omeara nightclub with a programme that ranged from the Baroque fireworks of Locatelli to Steve Reich and Billy Eilish....Balanas’s performance was so deft the notes seemed to swarm out of his violin like bees as his fingers shuttled seamlessly up and down the fingerboard."
Joshua Bell performed in recital with pianist Peter Dugan at Spivey Hall in Atlanta.
- EarRelevant: "The audience got the kind of exhilarating performance that they were eagerly anticipating."
William Shaub performed the Mendelssohn Violin Concerto with the Oak Ridge Symphony.
- Oakridger: "The Mendelssohn Violin Concerto was clearly the audience favorite, mainly because the soloist was out of this world. William Shaub is concertmaster of the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra. Due to the remarkable skills of both the composer and the soloist, it really did bring the house down. The standing ovation was inevitable."
Christina Jihee Nam performed in recital with pianist Rohan De Silva in Cincinnati.
- Cincinnati Business Journal: "It was a rare treat to hear Brahms’ Sonata No. 3 in D Minor, the centerpiece of the first half. This was a breathtaking collaboration. The sonata’s opening had a timeless quality, and Nam summoned a range of expression through its soaring themes."
The Brodsky Quartet performed in recital at King's Hall in Ilkley.
- Ilkley Gazette: "All the quartet’s artistry and experience were laid at the service of this astonishing music (Shostakovich’s eighth quartet in C minor) with its mercurial contrasts – jagged rhythms contrasting with smooth legatos – given rapt attention by a packed hall."
Jennifer Frautschi performed Ralph Vaughan Williams’ "The Lark Ascending" with the New World Symphony.
- South Florida Classical Review: "Frautschi displayed a deep sense of the vignette’s pastorale essence. Splendidly encompassing the work’s blend of British folk and romantic influences, she phrased with dark sonority and nobility of line."
The Brentano String Quartet performed a recital for the Candlelight Concert Society.
- Washington Classical Review: "The four musicians brought their sagely calibrated intonation and exquisite balance to these expressive works, especially the first two madrigals, set in slow tempos."
Steven Moeckel performed the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto with the Southern Arizona Symphony Orchestra.
- Arizona Daily Star: "(Moeckel) and (conductor Linus) Lerner played off one another with the timing of musicians who were intimately familiar with one another's rhythms. "
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