The Week in Reviews, Op. 413: Anne Akiko Meyers, Augustin Hadelich, Gil Shaham, Randall Goosby
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 Anne Akiko Meyers. Photo by Dina Douglass.
Anne Akiko Meyers performed the Barber Violin Concerto with the Vancouver Symphony at the inaugural Vancouver Arts and Music Festival.
- Northwest Reverb: "Meyers burnished her reputation with a stellar performance of Barber’s 'Violin Concerto.' The concertgoers were so taken with her sweet sound during the lush and lovely first movement that they applauded for a long time. The second movement also drew applause and the sustained, quicksilver passages of the third movement brought them to their feet for a vigorous standing ovation."
Augustin Hadelich performed Prokofiev's Violin Concerto No. 2 with the Grant Park Orchestra.
- Chicago Classical Review: "The sensuous warmth of his lyrical playing, aided by a fast vibrato, was matched by the vivacious energy, rhythmic bite and firm expressive commitment he brought to the more brilliant pages. "
Gil Shaham and pianist/festival director Robert Spano performed the premiere of Jonathan Leshnoff's Violin Sonata in a recital at the Aspen Music Festival.
- The Aspen Times: "Especially striking was a long cadenza in the finale that at times seemed to be channeling the Chaconne from Bach’s “Partita No. 2” for unaccompanied violin. It rose to a frenzied climax before receding into the piece’s sigh of a finish. This, of course, was catnip for Shaham, who can make his instrument sing like few others."
Randall Goosby performed the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto with the Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra.
- The New York Times: "The 27-year-old violinist Randall Goosby, making his Mostly Mozart debut, was luminous in Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto — his tone luscious, elegant and sweet without being syrupy."
Luna Choi performed Chausson’s "Poème" at the Aspen Music Festival.
- Aspen Times: "Listeners could appreciate the lush melodies of Chausson’s “Poème,” played with silvery precision by Luna Choi, winner of last year’s vioin competition..."
The JACK Quartet performed music of Helmut Lachenmann at the TIME:SPANS festival of contemporary music.
- New York Classical Review: "At your first violin lesson, the teacher showed you how much bow pressure to use so you didn’t make grinding or whistling sounds....the JACK Quartet used all those forbidden sounds and moves to weave subtle, otherworldly imagery in works by the Stuttgart-born master of musique concrète."
Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra performed an all-Bach concert.
- Cincinnati Business Courier: "What a treat it was to hear this rarely heard music so beautifully expressed by the Chamber Orchestra in collaboration with the singers of Collegium Cincinnati. "
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