The Week in Reviews, Op. 410: Elena Urioste; Augustin Hadelich; Esther Yoo, Curtis Stewart
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 Elena Urioste. Photo by Chris Gloag.
Elena Urioste performed Samuel Coleridge-Taylor's Violin Concerto with BBC National Orchestra of Wales at BBC Prom 7.
- The Arts Desk: "Elena Urioste made a thoroughly engaging case for the Coleridge-Taylor concerto, her airy, silvery tone and fine filigree detail well matched to its melodic invention and elegant reveries...Urioste’s ravishing cantabile touch made the most of a dominant solo part while the or"
Augustin Hadelich performed a solo recital at the Aspen Music Festival.
- The Aspen Times: "From two-dimensional notes on paper, Hadelich’s utter command of the violin expanded all these scores to four-dimensional marvels of sonic ingenuity. He pushed the limits of tonal color, dynamics, melodic line and pace to keep us listeners on our toes and utterly enchanted."
Esther Yoo performed Glazunov’s Violin Concerto at the Grant Park Music Festival.
- Chicago Classical Review: "Esther Yoo, who has recorded the Glazunov concerto (DG), proved a stellar advocate for this quirky but engaging work in her festival debut. Performing on the 'Prince Obolensky' Stradivarius, Yoo played with a slender yet burnished tone and showed herself fully in synch with the rhapsodic lyricism of the score."
- Third Coast Review: "From the opening passages, Yoo massaged her violin to produce a perfect mix of tension and energy. She made the slow middle section feel like a love song come to life."
Newport Classical’s Festival Artists in Residence performed the premiere of composer/violinist Curtis Stewart's "The Gilded Cage."
- The Boston Musical Intelligencer: "The energy and excitement of a world premiere was not lost on the performers, who with aplomb and integrity unfolded this stunning and evocative work, as the gentle, kind and always encouraging persona of the composer stood in back watching this 'precious' moment take place."
Hilary Hahn performed the Brahms Violin Concerto with the Boston Symphony Orchestra.
- The Boston Musical Intelligencer: "In Brahms’s Violin Concerto, with the always welcome Hilary Hahn, the interplay between soloist, conductor, and orchestra charmed our eyes. Hahn clearly paid close attention to the introduction before responding. She entered with warmly expressive shaping, and Nelsons induced the orchestra to support in kind."
The Calidore String Quartet performed Beethoven’s first three string quartets at Music@Menlo.
- San Francisco Classical Voice: "The Calidores’ deep reverence for and understanding of Beethoven’s music was apparent from the outset.... Their cues are so subtle that if someone told me they had telepathic abilities, I’d believe it."
Randall Goosby performed Bruch's Violin Concerto No 1 in G-minor with the Orchestra Ensemble Kanazawa in Japan.
- Japan Forward: "Randall's performance lived up to the rave reviews that have followed his performances with world-class orchestras."
The Penderecki String Quartet and Anya Alexeyev performed in recital at Music Mountain.
- The Millbrook Independent: "(in Bartók's Piano Quintet in C Major, Sz. 23 ) the difficult role of the violin was handled with formidable virtuosity by Jerzy Kaplanek, yet the work demands a pianist of the caliber of Bela Bartók himself and here Anya Alexeyev authoritatively led on keyboard."
Joshua Bell performed in recital with pianist Daniil Trifonov at Carnegie Hall (in May).
- The Strad: "Bell’s bow control, breathtaking pianos, tasteful glissandos and perfectly timed ritardandos contributed to a remarkable performance."
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