The Week in Reviews, Op. 340: Jennifer Koh; Sayaka Shoji; Augustin Hadelich

February 8, 2022, 1:52 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.

Jennifer Koh
Violinist Jennifer Koh. Photo by Juergen Frank.

Jennifer Koh performed the world premiere of Missy Mazzoli's Violin Concerto "Procession" with the National Symphony Orchestra with conductor Gemma New.

Sayaka Shoji performed Schumann's Violin Concerto in D Minor with the Illinois Symphony Orchestra.

Augustin Hadelich performed Beethoven Violin Concerto in D Major with the Sarasota Orchestra.

Randall Goosby performed the Mendelssohn Violin Concerto with the Elgin Symphony Orchestra.

Julia Fischer performed several Mozart Violin concertos with the London Philharmonic Orchestra.

Charlie Lovell-Jones performed Samuel Coleridge-Taylor's Violin Concerto with the Isle of Wight Symphony Orchestra.

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February 9, 2022 at 05:18 PM · Wow! What a collection of metaphors! The prize for most inappropriate violin metaphor ever goes to "She attacked short solos as if she were sawing through a pipe" but "ride atop the orchestra" is also remarkable.

Seriously, only the last quote in this post gives a reader any idea about the performance rather than about the "creativity" of the reviewer.

February 11, 2022 at 02:06 AM · I know what "hammer-on" means for the guitar. Does it actually work on the violin? I'm having a hard time picturing that.

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