The Week in Reviews, Op. 313: Rachel Barton Pine, Gil Shaham, Nicola Benedetti
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Violinist Rachel Barton Pine.
Rachel Barton Pine performed Prokofiev Concerto No. 1, filling in at the last minute for Midori, with the Chicago Symphony at Ravinia.
- Chicago Classical Review: "Pine did not disappoint....She spun the seemingly endless opening melody of the Andantino in an elevated narrative fashion, and was commanding as the solo writing grew knottier and more technical throughout the movement. The Andantino’s close found Pine floating in her highest register with the CSO flutes supporting, creating a genuinely celestial effect Friday night."
- WTTW News: "With close partnership from Alsop and the orchestra, Pine launched into the Prokofiev with all its seamless mix of haunting, edgy, mournful riffs, its breaks into frenzied dancelike sequences, its moody interjections beautifully played by the winds, and the use of much plucking and “sliding” by the strings."
Gil Shaham performed Mozart Concerto No. 3 with the Boston Symphony at Tanglewood.
- Berkshire Eagle: "Absence of rhetoric was just the beginning of Gil Shaham’s sterling performance of Mozart’s Violin Concerto No. 3...the ever-reliable Shaham spun webs of gold. His many inventive touches included a march episode in the rondo finale."
- The Boston Musical Intelligencer: "Shaham’s most memorable moments were the passages of exquisite softness, when the sound seemed almost to vanish but the emotional depth soared. The cadenza felt like an aria, singing of love and memories. Shaham’s violin grew plaintive, but remained magnificently free of artifice."
- The Berkshire Edge: "Nobody nods their approval to a first violin section like Gil Shaham. This gesture, Gil’s trademark invitation to collaborate, is always his first order of business after greeting a conductor. He is awfully pleased to be there, he’s having the time of his life, and he wants to make sure everyone knows it. So he shines his happy light on everybody, and, pretty soon, everybody gets it, even members of the orchestra."
- Boston Globe: "Gil Shaham was on hand with Mozart’s Violin Concerto No. 3, a dependably genial work that he dashed off in an eloquent if unexceptional performance."
Nicola Benedetti performed three Vivaldi violin concertos with the Benedetti Baroque Orchestra at Battersea.
- The Times: "Nicola Benedetti and her new ensemble (all equipped with that period instrument necessity, gut strings) were obviously feeling the high temperature. But nothing could stop them raising it higher as they launched their four-day Battersea run of an hour-long programme simply labelled 'Baroque,' sharing its title and repertoire with their new album."
Hugo Ticciati performed "The Patience of Trees" by Dobrinka Tabakova with Manchester Camerata.
- The Guardian: "Manchester Camerata’s festival show, The Patience of Trees, was billed as a meditation on nature and the city; it was structured around Dobrinka Tabakova’s new concerto for violin, strings and percussion....The piece suited the silvery tone of Ticciati’s violin, even though his enthusiasm threatened to become the piece’s main driving force."
- The Times: "Top marks for atmosphere at least. In the dark cavern of Manchester Central we sat in a circle inside a large tepee topped by hanging bamboo canes."
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