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The Week in Reviews, Op. 16: Hilary Hahn, Gil Shaham, Adele Anthony in concert

Robert Niles

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Published: January 28, 2014 at 11:20 PM [UTC]

Every week, brings you links to reviews of notable violin performances from around the world. Please share in the comments your thoughts about any recent performances you've attended (or about these reviews!).

Hilary Hahn performed the Nielsen with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra

  • Detroit Free Press: "Saturday night’s terrific performance by Hahn was a reminder that in the right hands, the concerto deserves a higher profile."

Gil Shaham performed the Korngold with the Cleveland Orchestra, in Miami

Adele Anthony

Adele Anthony performed Bernstein's Serenade with the Mobile Symphony Orchestra

  • Mobile Press Register: "Star violinist Adele Anthony played lead violin on the lyrical, poetic and subtly sexy piece filled with jazz, Broadway flourishes and classical moments."

Vadim Gluzman performed the Tchaikovsky with the Philadelphia Orchestra

  • Philadelphia Inquirer: "Although the performance summoned requisite excitement in the final movement, this was not a talent operating at full force."

Sarah Chang performed the Bruch with the Fresno Philharmonic

  • Fresno Bee: "She came, she played, she kicked, she scored. And the music was gorgeous."

Itzhak Perlman performed the Beethoven with the San Diego Symphony

Joshua Bell performed the Brahms with the Academy of St Martin-in-the-Fields

  • Birmingham Post: "A performance of Brahms’ violin concerto by a soloist of Bell’s immense talent cannot fail to have some passages of great beauty."

Jeffrey Multer performed Bartók's Concerto No. 2 with the Florida Orchestra

  • Tampa Bay Times: "Florida Orchestra concertmaster Jeffrey Multer gave a stunning performance Friday of one of the most interesting, as well as notoriously difficult, pieces in the violin repertoire: Béla Bartók's Concerto No. 2 for Violin and Orchestra."

Stefan Jackiw performed Mozart's Violin Concerto No. 5 with the New Mexico Philharmonic

  • Albuquerque Journal: "Excellent playing, but stylistically not so much Mozart. As an encore he gave a moving performance of the Largo movement of J.S. Bach’s Sonata for Solo Violin in C Major."

Joseph Silverstein performed Mozart's Violin Concerto No. 5 with Miami Mozarteum Orchestra

  • South Florida Classical Review: "From his first entrance, Silverstein’s vigorous and supple playing was stylish in the Classical manner without mannerism or exaggeration, the runs and fast passages cleanly articulated."

Alexander Barantschik performed the Mendelssohn D-Minor Violin Concerto with the San Francisco Symphony

  • San Francisco Chronicle: "Barantschik gave the piece a wonderfully nimble reading, tossing off the furious and demanding passagework with winning nonchalance…"
  • "Barantschik both led and performed solo in a spirited account of elegantly turned out melodic material for the soloist backed up by an energetic accompaniment from the strings."

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