The Week in Reviews, Op. 381: Lisa Batiashvili; Gil Shaham; Hilary Hahn
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Violinist Lisa Batiashvili. Photo by Matthias Ziegler, courtesy Deutsche Grammophon.
Lisa Batiashvili performed the Sibelius Violin Concerto with the Philharmonia.
- The Guardian: "Her performance was compelling from the very first bar as she launched the concerto with the most daring of pianissimos, which Shani and the orchestra perfectly matched. It set the tone for a reading that was full of elegance and subtlety."
Gil Shaham performed the Dvorak Violin Concerto with the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra.
- Violinist.com: "The last movement, with all its variations, also put on display Gil's intricate, fast, high playing, as the solo part danced along the top of the rollicking orchestra. It was joyful and buoyant. "
- San Francisco Classical Voice: "Shaham’s ebullient and collaborative spirit was evident from his first moments onstage, interacting with an infectious warmth with Music Director Jaime Martín. The Dvorák concerto, always a crowd-pleaser, was in good hands all around here, with soloist, conductor, and a masterful orchestra in sync"
Hilary Hahn performed the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.
- Chicago Classical Review: "The American violinist and current CSO artist-in-residence, once again displayed her fluent virtuosity and singular ability to bring a fresh and individual interpretation to even the most familiar warhorses."
Randall Goosby performed in recital with pianist Zhu Wang for the La Jolla Music Society.
- The San Diego Union-Tribune: "Goosby had a focused stage presence, a calm confidence in his playing. That underscored Beethoven’s Violin Sonata in A major, Opus 47, the “Kreutzer” Sonata. It’s a work that can sound histrionic — a legitimate way to perform it — and it’s usually played for drama. But in Goosby’s hands, it became an elegant ballet, a powerful but graceful work"
David Halen performed Mozart's Violin Concerto No. 4 in D major with the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra.
- The St. Louis American: "Halen is a sizable, almost burly man - one thinks of mid-career Alec Baldwin. A man of his stature could play outside linebacker or would look credible roofing a house. Yet this burly presence did just about everything with a violin that Mozart could imagine - long fluid strokes, short urgent jabs, feverish wailing like some mountain fiddle elegy. "
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