The Week in Reviews, Op. 346: Hilary Hahn; Paul Huang; Randall Goosby; Ukraine benefits
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Violinist Hilary Hahn. Photo by O.J. Slaughter, courtesy DG.
Hilary Hahn performed the Barber Violin Concerto with the Los Angeles Philharmonic.
- Violinist.com: "...her playing was solid as a rock, and her star power shone bright while also generating a kind of gravitational force that draws rapt attention."
Paul Huang performed Shostakovich’s Violin Concerto No. 1 in A minor with the Tucson Symphony Orchestra.
- Arizona Daily Star: "In an interview last week, Huang said the concerto resonates today with all that is happening in Ukraine. His performance Friday night — the first of two this weekend — kinda felt like a prayer for Ukraine."
Randall Goosby performed Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto in E Minor with the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra.
- San Francisco Classical Voice: "Goosby acquitted himself masterfully, and with admirable subtlety. He has a ready, lived-in command of his instrument and brought an infectious, deeply-felt emotional commitment to the score."
Augustin Hadelich performed the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra.
- Buffalo Rising: "...when a soloist gets walk-on applause, from the orchestra, you know this is someone they not only respect but adore....once again, as he has done so many times before, Hadelich lived up to his reputation."
Anne Sophie Mutter performed Beethoven Violin Concerto and Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante with violist Vladimir Babeshko with the Munich Philharmonic Orchestra and several other German orchestras, in a benefit concert for Save the Children Deutschland.
- The Strad: "This is a terrible humanitarian catastrophe," Mutter said. "We must stand with the people of Ukraine."
Oleh Krysa performed the U.S. premiere of Yevhen Stankovych's Violin Concerto No. 5 with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, in a benefit concert for Ukraine.
- Broadway World: "We stand in solidarity with the brave people of Ukraine during this unprovoked and brutal invasion of their democratic nation. The world of classical music has long benefited from the great musicians and musical heritage of this region," read a statement from Andreas Delfs and the RPO musicians. "We are honored and humbled to give our support to Ukrainians all over the world by performing this concert.""
Joshua Bell performed and conducted Barber, Bach and Beethoven with the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields for the La Jolla Music Society.
- San Diego Union-Tribune: "Bell’s lush tone and agile virtuosity were perfectly suited to Barber’s Concerto."
- Broadway World: "Fifty years after the soloist's first inventive experiments in sound, his still youthful exuberance and the precise elegant drive of the orchestra were refreshing indeed."
Joshua Bell performed Bruch’s Violin Concerto No. 1 with the Galilee Chamber Orchestra at Carnegie Hall’s annual Isaac Stern Memorial concert.
- New York Classical Review: "Bell’s playing was expressive without being sentimental. His singing tone was a pleasure to hear, and he generated real excitement as the concerto developed."
Leonidas Kavakos performed Unsuk Chin’s violin concerto "Shards of Silence" with the Boston Symphony Orchestra.
- Vulture: "Chin’s work was greeted with ovations that made even her rowdiest passages seem muffled."
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