The Week in Reviews, Op. 352: Gil Shaham; Anne Akiko Meyers; Cho-Liang Lin
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Violinist Gil Shaham. Photo by Chris Lee.
Gil Shaham performed Joseph Bologne's Concerto No. 9 in G Major with the New World Symphony in a concert honoring Michael Tilson Thomas.
- South Florida Classical Review: "Leading the string ensemble without a conductor, Shaham drew precise, well balanced and coordinated playing. Shaham’s purity of sound and clean articulation are as assured as ever. Flashes of the violinist’s fire and bravura technique emerged during a reading both stylish and astutely conveyed."
Anne Akiko Meyers performed "Fandango" by Arturo Marquez with the Santa Barbara Symphony.
- edhat Santa Barbara: "Audience members, Nir Kabaretti, and the entire Santa Barbara Symphony had a very emotional and unexpected surprise ...when renowned Mexican composer Arturo Marquez appeared on stage following Anne Akiko Meyers breathtaking performance of the Fandango piece written specifically for her by Marquez."
Cho-Liang Lin performed in recital with cellist Clive Greensmith and pianist Juho Pohjonen for the Foundation for Chinese Performing Arts in Boston.
- Boston Musical Intelligencer: "Temperamentally and sonically the players showed great compatibility. Both (Lin and Greensmith) had strong technical command, which came across as quiet confidence rather than overt theatricality. It sounded as though they were making music for their own pleasure and small group of friends."
Adele Anthony performed the Mendelssohn Violin Concerto with the Nashville Symphony Orchestra.
- Vanderbilt Hustler: "Anthony’s spectacular technique was prominently featured, especially in the cadenza section when she was briefly an unaccompanied soloist."
Julian Rhee performed Saint-Saens "Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso" with the Santa Cruz Symphony Orchestra.
- Santa Cruz Sentinel: "Rhee acquitted himself well in the complex figurations of this miniature masterpiece."
Elina Vähälä, performed Korngold’s Violin Concerto with the Santa Rosa Symphony.
- San Francisco Classical Voice: "Finnish violin soloist Elina Vähälä...offered an impassioned performance of Erich Wolfgang Korngold’s Violin Concerto....Vähälä produced a consistently gorgeous and piercing tone, making herself easily heard above the orchestra."
Kristóf Baráti performed the Mendelssohn Violin Concerto with the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra.
- theartsdesk.com: "...there was a welcome seriousness of purpose befitting the later composer’s more romantically inclined intensity in the first two movements that contrasted ideally with the mercurial Midsummer Night’s Dream chase in the finale. Baráti’s sovereign playing of the brief 'Sarabande' from Bach’s solo Partita No. 2 in D minor as an encore allowed the (1702 'Lady Harmsworth') Strad to shine with full splendour."
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