The Week in Reviews, Op. 363: Nancy Zhou; Diana Adamyan; Elena Urioste
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 Nancy Zhou. Photo by Dario Acosta.
Nancy Zhou performed Jiping Zhao’s Violin Concerto No. 1 with the New Jersey Symphony at Alice Tully Hall.
- New York Classical Review: "Violinist Nancy Zhou invested each repeat of the haunting tune with elegance and beauty."
- blogcritics: "I found Zhao Jiping's single-movement Violin Concerto less interesting, though Maestra Zhang and soloist Nancy Zhou did not falter in making a case for it."
Diana Adamyan performed the Khachaturian violin concerto with the Aspen Festival Orchestra.
- The Aspen Times: "Armenian violinist Diana Adamyan, barely in her 20s, delivered on all the aspects of the Khachaturian violin concerto, despite a steady rain that pattered on the tent roof through most of the piece. She found subtleties in the quieter, more hesitant moments, and revved up churning rhythms and dazzling climaxes. "
Elena Urioste and horn player Ben Goldscheider performed Ethel Smyth's Concerto for Violin and Horn with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra at the BBC Proms.
- Evening Standard: "Last night’s exemplary performance by the violinist Elena Urioste and horn player Ben Goldscheider, with the CBSO under its chief conductor designate Kazuki Yamada, revealed the Smyth as a score that adroitly balances wistfulness and humour, with an individual approach to form."
- The Guardian: "...the innate nobility of (Goldscheider's) phrasing judiciously offset (Urioste's) more effusive lyricism. The Elegy...sounded gorgeous, and the big, accompanied double cadenza that dominates the finale was done with engaging flamboyance and considerable bravado."
Daniel Matejca performed Shostakovich Violin Concerto No. 1 and won the Eurovision Young Musicians 2022.
- Aussievision: "Daniel Matejca delivered the Czech Republic their first Eurovision Young Musicians win."
The Brodsky Quartet performed Elgar’s Introduction and Allegro for Strings at the Buxton International Festival 2022.
- theartsdesk.com: "The Brodsky Quartet...were like concerto soloists themselves in this concert....I don’t think I’ve ever heard the piece played with such transparency, variety of tone, and beautifully clear lines in the counterpoint. "
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