The Week in Reviews, Op. 374: María Dueñas; Anne Akiko Meyers; Augustin Hadelich

October 18, 2022, 12:29 PM · In an effort to promote the coverage of live violin performance, each week presents links to reviews of notable concerts and recitals around the world.

Maria Duenas
Violinist Maria Dueñas.

María Dueñas performed Gabriela Ortiz's "Altar de cuerda" Violin Concerto with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and Gustavo Dudamel.

Anne Akiko Meyers performed Arturo Márquez's "Fandango" violin concerto with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and Gustavo Dudamel.

Augustin Hadelich performed Sibelius’ Violin Concerto with the Pittsburgh Symphony.

Nicola Benedetti performed the Bruch Violin Concerto in G Minor, Op. 28 with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra.

David Coucheron and pianist Julie Coucheron performed Franck's Sonata in A Major in a recital celebrating Cesar Franck's bicentennial.

The Takacs String Quartet performed works by Fanny Mendelssohn-Hensel, Bartok and Beethoven at Union College.

The Sphinx Virtuosi performed concert at Carnegie Hall celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Sphinx Organization.

Fabio Biondi performed works by Bach, Vivaldi and Johan Helmich Roman with Europa Galante.

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October 20, 2022 at 09:27 PM · This past weekend, I went to see Paul Huang play Vivaldi's 4 Seasons with the Colorado Symphony, and I really liked his playing. He was able to play with a really beautiful sound throughout, and played really collaboratively and sensitively with the orchestra and the different section leaders with whom he had a dialogue at various times, and even though his performance emphasized lyricism and a beautiful, singing tone, he was able to convey the emotional and programmatic aspects as well, which is a tough needle to thread.

The last time I heard the 4 Seasons, the soloist didn't play in a very singing way and leaned totally into the programmatic elements, which ended up making for a bunch of cool sound effects, but not a particularly gratifying interpretation.

I also attended Andras Schiff playing one of my all-time concert experiences, but I'll leave that to the imagination.

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