The Week in Reviews, Op. 147: Mayu Kishima, Baiba Skride, Jeanne-Marie Conquer
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.
Mayu Kishima won the $100,000 First Prize at the inaugural Shanghai Isaac Stern International Violin Competition, performing Chausson's "Poeme" and the Shostakovich in the finals.
- Violinist.com: "Kishima has a crystal-clear voice on the violin, and she speaks boldly with it. ...Her Shostakovich was hair-raising, and certainly, she made it her own. She introduced an entire palette of colors in the opening statement alone, and between the moments of muscle she also had goosebump moments."
Violinist.com editor Laurie Niles will post her interview with Kishima later this week. If you missed any of Laurie's coverage from Shanghai, you can find it all archived on our Shanghai Competition page.
Baiba Skride performed Mozart's 5th Violin Concerto with the BBC Symphony Orchestra.
- The Arts Desk: "Hers was a precise, elegant performance, at its best in the long melody of the central Adagio with its proto-Romantic loveliness. "
- Daily Express: "Of course she was brilliant, but essentially her performance had a depth of delicacy and rapture that froze me to my seat. There were no two ways about it, Skride’s playing was in another league."
- Music OMH: "The suppleness of Skride’s playing of the exposed solo line in the middle movement was a delight to hear – at times her tone sounded almost autumnally burnished, whilst possessing total integrity across the range due to her assured bowing and judicious use of vibrato – factors that have long marked her out within the top flight of today’s violinists."
- The Guardian: "Her choice of cadenzas – wonderfully unidiomatic ones by Joseph Joachim – was a treat in itself."
Jeanne-Marie Conquer performed Boulez's Anthèmes II at the BBC Proms.
- The Guardian: "Anthèmes II, for violin and electronics, is perhaps the most ravishingly beautiful and perfectly achieved of all Boulez’s electroacoustic scores."
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