The Week in Reviews, Op. 406: Jaewon Wee; Karen Gomyo; Kerson Leong & Livia Sohn

June 27, 2023, 7:36 PM · In an effort to promote the coverage of live violin performance, each week presents links to reviews of notable concerts and recitals around the world.

Jaewon Wee
Violinist Jaewon Wee.

Jaewon Wee won first prize in the first Dallas International Violin Competition and performed the Sibelius Violin Concerto with the Dallas Chamber Symphony.

Karen Gomyo performed the Brahms Violin Concerto with The Festival Orchestra at the Mainly Mozart Festival in San Diego.

Kerson Leong and Livia Sohn performed Pärt’s Tabula Rasa and other works, along with the Balourdet Quartet, at the Rockport Chamber Music Festival.

Maya Shankar delivered the commencement address at the Juilliard School in May.

Paul Huang performed Bruch’s Scottish Fantasy with the Taiwan Philharmonic at David Geffen Hall in New York City (in April).

Isabelle Faust performed Mozart with violist Antoine Tamestit...

Anne-Sophie Mutter performed Mozart’s First Violin Concerto with the Boston Symphony Orchestra (in April).

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June 28, 2023 at 07:19 PM · The Dallas Morning News surely made a mistake when it commended Jaewon Wee for 'gutsy scrubbings': what an unfortunate and (surely) inaccurate phrase!

June 29, 2023 at 03:56 PM · Richard, having heard her playing live, I'd agree that is the wrong verb, though they seemed to be attempting to praise her playing....

June 29, 2023 at 10:14 PM · Richard, observou bem o comentário desprepositado.

Cada violinista acaba por ter a sua própria técnica. E somente quem é violinista sabe bem o que digo.

Ninguém supera ninguém na música. Cada violinista dá o ser melhor contributo possível.

A música agradece.

" Esfregadela corajosa" de facto é um comentário desprepositado e infelizmente triste.

Pergunto será por acaso o Dallas Morning News, não estará na altura de rever os seus artigos?

June 30, 2023 at 08:36 AM · Thank you for your comments, Laurie and Paolo. It seems that we are broadly in agreement that this will have been a fine performance by an eminent young violinist, who served the Sibelius concerto well. That concerto is of course one of the Olympian heights in its genre.

The Dallas Morning News reviewer is not writing a hostile review, but clumsy (careless?) word choices have created a situation where some readers find the quoted section of the review saying more about the reviewer than the performer. I don't know the Dallas Morning News - I live thousands of miles from Dallas - so I am unaware of its reputation or circulation numbers. But surely a local newspaper in a city such as Dallas with its fine symphony orchestra would ensure that its music reviewer had the passion, art and skill to do the music and a young and promising soloist justice?

June 30, 2023 at 08:58 PM · @Paulo Arruda: Could you, or possibly another member, give us an English translation for your post? Then more of the audience can "hear" the whole dialogue and get the continuity of replies. See this page, item 5. Thanks.

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