The Week in Reviews, Op. 403: Vadim Gluzman, Frank Huang, Augustin Hadelich
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Violinist Vadim Gluzman. Photo by Marco Borggreve.
Vadim Gluzman performed Shostakovich's Violin Concerto No. 1 with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra .
- WTTW News: "The 'Violin Concerto' received a phenomenal performance by the CSO, with Gluzman — the world renowned Israeli-born violinist who plays on a golden-voiced Stradivarius — delivering a breathtaking performance of his fiendishly difficult role in this four-movement work that sets a solemn, somewhat anxious tone with its opening Nocturne."
- Chicago Classical Review: "The low-voltage performance sprang to life in the extended cadenza. Here Gluzman played with greater freedom and individuality, his spacious rendering belatedly finding some deeper feeling beyond the notes."
Frank Huang performed the Sibelius Violin Concerto with the New York Philharmonic.
- Financial Times: "(Conductor Jaap) Van Zweden and violinist Frank Huang, the longtime concertmaster of the orchestra, made the case for the piece as an orchestral tone poem rather than the usual virtuoso showpiece, though Huang offered silvery tone and assured technique."
Augustin Hadelich performed Beethoven's Violin Concerto in D major with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra.
- MyScena: "The Beethoven Violin Concerto in D major was an excellent showcase for Hadelich’s technical brilliance. He delivered equal measures of passion and sensitivity without excessive flourish."
Curtis Stewart performed a solo recital at Merkin Hall, opening the American Composers Orchestra’s 2023 Sonic Festival.
- New York Classical Review: "His moment to moment violin playing was formidable. He has a gorgeous sound and a deeply musical sense of phrasing—not limited to classical aesthetics—but an invigorating use of ideas that reminded one of great progressive rock violinists like Jean-Luc Ponty."
The Emerson String Quartet performed a farewell concert at Chicago's Symphony Center.
- Chicago Classical Review: "Their final Chicago stand was a mixed and bittersweet reflection on a near half-century of music-making that is coming to a close."
Stories from the Violins of Hope, a play about the Violins of Hope, was staged at the Bondi Pavilion in Sydney, Australia.
- Limelight: "Directed by Moira Blumenthal, this is a steadfast staging of a solid but somewhat unsophisticated piece of playwriting. "
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