The Week in Reviews, Op. 364: Lara St John; Augustin Hadelich; Hilary Hahn
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 Lara St John. Photo by Clive Barda.
Lara St John performed Avner Dorman's Violin Concerto No. 2 with The Knights in Central Park.
- New York Classical Review: "For deeply expressive playing with a virtuoso cherry on top, St. John deserved some kind of award herself Tuesday night."
- blogcritics: "Lara St John is a force of nature."
Augustin Hadelich performed the Sibelius Violin Concerto with the Aspen Festival Orchestra.
- The Aspen Times: "Augustin Hadelich played the Sibelius Violin Concerto so extraordinary well that the rainstorm gods, who seemed intent on drowning out any music Sunday, simply gave up after a few minutes, and remained at bay for the duration of the 30-minute concerto."
Hilary Hahn performed Prokofiev’s Violin Concerto No. 1 in D with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra.
- The Sydney Morning Herald: "Violinist Hilary Hahn plotted a direct line, undistracted and unswerving in its collected calmness, from the quiet idyllic theme at the start of Prokofiev’s Violin Concerto No. 1 in D to the possessed nightmarish grinding of the Scherzo and then back again, ending above the clouds in quietly animated radiance as though she and the trilling woodwind players were once again bathed in sunlight."
Jennifer Pike performed the Korngold Violin Concerto with the National Youth Orchestra of Wales.
- Nation CYMRU: "There is something wistfully melancholy about the delicately coloured first movement. Its subtleties were beautifully captured by Pike, while conductor Kwame Ryan gently urged his young musicians to accompany her with similar delicacy"
Emily Sun performed Mozart’s Violin Concerto No. 4 with the West Australian Symphony Orchestra.
- The West Australian: "Sun swayed to the strains of a pared-back ensemble, drifting in precisely to the upper register with a lightness of touch that resonated through the entire hall, waxing vigorously in the lower reaches before a flawless cadenza drew every nuance from every note."
David Greenberg and pianist/harpsichordist David McGuinness performed at the Vancouver Bach Festival.
- stir: "Baroque, folk, Scottish, and Cape Breton music: they might not seem like obvious bedfellows, but violinist David Greenberg and keyboardist David McGuinness morphed the forms in the most entertaining of ways at one of the concerts at Early Music Vancouver’s 2022 Vancouver Bach Festival."
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