The Week in Reviews, Op. 349: Daniel Lozakovich; Joshua Bell; Midori
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 Daniel Lozakovich. Photo by Lev Efimov, courtesy Deutsche Grammophon.
Daniel Lozakovich performed Prokofiev's Violin Concerto No. 2 in G Minor with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.
- WTTW News: "Lozakovich unleashed it all in this piece that is, unquestionably, a furious workout for the soloist as well as for the orchestra’s full string section."
- Chicago Classical Review: "Performing on his 'ex-Baron Rothschild' Stradivari, Lozakovich brought an unorthodox approach to this Russian warhorse."
Joshua Bell performed Beethoven's Violin Concerto in D Major with the Boston Symphony Orchestra.
- Boston Musical Intelligencer: "In black attire, seriously tapered trousers, the still-young artist, through his violin, introduced himself fervently, then lovingly, and finally joyously all through the crystalline lens of Beethoven. No reason to doubt such songful love would bring Symphony Hall to its feet. "
Midori performed Korngold’s Violin Concerto with the Palm Beach Symphony.
- South Florida Classical Review: "Midori has a huge tone, and through the opening movement and the central Romance, she produced rich sounds in the instrument’s top range, where the concerto spends a lot of time and where other violinists’ tones tend to thin out."
Janis Sakai performed Coleridge-Taylor’s Violin Concerto with the Lakeview Orchestra.
- Chicago Classical Review: "...any initial shakiness was soon dispelled and Sakai proceeded with much greater verve — the occasional intonation slip aside — culminating in a convincing delivery of the first movement’s knotted cadenza."
Tamsin Waley-Cohen performed the Sibelius Violin Concerto with the Zagreb Philharmonic.
- LeftLion: "Tonight, she excelled at Sibelius, and the sense of awe in the stalls was palpable. Note perfect and performed with gusto. It was a privilege to hear her play."
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