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The Week in Reviews, Op. 14: Lisa Batiashvili, Julia Fischer, Augustin Hadelich in concert

Robert Niles

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Published: January 14, 2014 at 8:08 PM [UTC]

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Lisa Batiashvili performed Shostakovich’s Violin Concerto No. 1 with the New York Philharmonic

  • The New York Times: "The violinist Lisa Batiashvili was the terrific soloist in the Shostakovich concerto."
  • New York Classical Review: "The always energetic Batiashvili brought a certain verve to the evening that, unfortunately, was not always reciprocated by the Philharmonic."

Lisa Batiashvili
Lisa Batiashvili. Photo: Mat Hennek

Julia Fischer performed the Brahms with the Cleveland Orchestra

  • The Plain Dealer: "Violinist Julia Fischer... was the driving force behind a stellar presentation of Brahms’ Violin Concerto."

Augustin Hadelich performed the Beethoven with the Los Angeles Philharmonic

  • "Hadelich's Beethoven was riveting and beautiful."
  • Los Angeles Times: "His shaping of the opening passage startled with its silvery tone, pinpoint intonation and surprising turns of phrase — and there was not a note thereafter that was not thought out, characterized and beautifully projected."

Vadim Gluzman performed Schnittke's Violin Concerto No. 4 with the Louisiana Philharmonic

  • The Times-Picayune : "Gluzman negotiated the mood shifts and violent musical contrasts of Schnittke's 1984 composition with unwavering support from the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra and conductor Carlos Miguel Prieto."

Hilary Hahn performed Mozart's Violin Concerto No. 5 with the New World Symphony

  • "The internationally recognized young virtuoso masterfully captured the emotions of Mozart’s 'Turkish' violin concerto."

Pinchas Zukerman performed and conducted the Beethoven with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

  • The New York Times: "Mr. Zukerman offered technically solid and often highly expressive playing, especially in the second movement Larghetto."

And Itzhak Perlman also performed the Beethoven, with the San Diego Symphony

  • The Union-Tribune: "The emotional directness, the lack of pretension, the rare combination of ease and absolute conviction were all evident in his interpretation of the Beethoven Violin Concerto."

Anne Akiko Meyers performed Prokofiev's Violin Concerto No. 2 with the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra

  • Dallas Morning News: "Anne Akiko Meyers supplied a huge dynamic range, from blazing fortissimos to whispered hushes, and mostly impressive technical command."
  • Dallas Observer: "On Saturday night Meyers made the Vieuxtemps (Guarneri del Gesu) sound as if it were built for Prokofiev's fiery emotionalism."

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