The Week in Reviews, Op. 375: Philippe Quint; Rachel Barton Pine; Elina Vähälä
October 25, 2022, 5:58 PM · 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 Philippe Quint. Photo by John Gress.
Philippe Quint performed the Korngold Violin Concerto with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra.
- Bachtrack: "His playing was assertive and colourful, full of personality; suave and debonair in the first movement and full of gently glowing lyricism. He sounded sleek and gorgeous in the slow movement and swashbuckled his way through the finale with a dashing sense of harum-scarum. His sound throbbed with vibrato and was perfectly spotlit without ever sounding garish."
- Edinburgh Guide: "Award-winning American violin soloist Philippe Quint gave a first class virtuoso performance with the Orchestra quite rightly taking second place. He told us his well deserved encore was from Charlie Chaplin. "
Rachel Barton Pine performed Florence Price’s Violin Concerto No. 2 with the Berkeley Symphony.
- San Francisco Classical Voice: "Pine, who has recently released a recording of the work with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra under Jonathon Heyward’s baton, threw herself into the piece with a full-blooded opening cadenza. "
Elina Vähälä performed Britten’s Violin Concerto, Op. 15 with the Princeton Symphony Orchestra.
- Town Topics: "Throughout the concerto and especially in the cadenza to the closing movement, Vähälä nimbly played passages of virtuosity requiring double and triple stops as the Symphony maintained a stately yet joyous feel to the music."
Nicola Benedetti performed Bruch’s Violin Concerto No. 1 with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra.
- Nippertown: "Her instrument’s distinguishably sweet tone resonated throughout the room. If she took direction from anyone else, it wasn’t apparent: the young virtuoso was on another plane."
Maria Dueñas performed Gabriela Ortiz’s violin concerto "Altar de cuerda" with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, in Boston.
- The Boston Musical Intelligencer: "The encore, Francisco Tárrega’s “Recuerdos de la Alhambra” arranged for violin by Ruggiero Ricci, gave Dueñas a chance to show off the artistic maturity she’s already evinced in Youtube-accessible performances of the Mendelssohn and Bruch violin concertos. "
Guy Braunstein performed and conducted the Beethoven Violin Concerto with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra.
- Limelight: "Not using a score, he demonstrated an innate and detailed knowledge of the entire work, a demanding and impressive feat, while his interpretation was considered and informed. He managed his joint tasks with great attention to detail and considerable aplomb."
Simone Lamsma performed Korngold's Violin Concerto with the San Diego Symphony Orchestra.
- Broadway World: "Lamsma's tone is an ideal match for the concerto, her high bridge-notes strikingly pure and rich, articulation precise, finger strength evident in long-lasting trills"
The Portland Symphony Orchestra performed on and celebrated the Violins of Hope.
- Press Herald: "The main event for Sunday was a performance of Giuseppe Verdi’s 'Requiem'....At times strikingly abrupt, moving from admonition to reassurance, from 'wrath' to 'rest everlasting,' the piece grew in strength through a compelling performance from all concerned."
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