The Week in Reviews, Op. 404: Stella Chen; Leila Josefowicz; William Hagen
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Violinist Stella Chen.
Stella Chen performed in recital with pianist Henry Kramer in Newport.
- Boston Musical Intelligencer: "Chen attacked even the most difficult phrases with solid confidence and propelled them forward with brilliant virtuosity, eloquent sound, and a sense of architecture that made sense of the variety of unusual musical structures that the program offered."
Leila Josefowicz performed Helen Grime's Violin Concerto with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra.
- EarRelevant: "Josefowicz exudes a genuine passion and excitement for such repertoire that steps beyond the conventional and she delivers it with a complete toolkit of virtuosity. Blending that and Grime’s challenging, riveting Concerto, we got a rich tapestry of music that effervesced into a captivating performance."
William Hagen pianist Janice Carissa and the Ariel Quartet performed for the opening of the North Shore Chamber Festival.
- Chicago Classical Review: "Hagen played the violin part (of Stravinsky's 'Fairy's Kiss' Divertimento) with a tremendous range of dynamics and colors, especially in the sinfonia, where his tone extended from tremolo-less glassiness to a full-throated vibrato. He brought great rhythmic vitality to the scherzo and the pas de deux’s coda, lending the latter a savagery one associates with earlier Stravinsky."
Randall Goosby performed the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto with the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra.
- Town Topics: "...Goosby played the familiar first movement theme poignantly and with authority. He easily handled the quick passages with light fingering, showing a ringing upper register and full command of Tchaikovsky’s technical demands."
Miranda Liu performed Shostakovich’s Violin Concerto No. 1 with the Redwood Symphony.
- San Francisco Classical Voice: "Throughout the concerto, Liu played with a smooth, even tone, producing a strong and lyrical line. Even when jumping into vehemence, her playing was controlled and careful."
Miranda Cuckson performed with jazz pianist and composer Ethan Iverson at Sono Fest! in Brooklyn.
- New York Times: "Their performance — of works for violin and piano by Peter Lieberson, Louise Talma and George Walker — (was) among the best chamber music shows I’d heard all season."
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