The Week in Reviews, Op. 318: Augustin Hadelich; Vadim Gluzman; Caroline Goulding
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Violinist Augustin Hadelich.
Augustin Hadelich performed a solo recital at the Aspen Music Festival.
- The Aspen Times: "The recital of unaccompanied violin music began and ended with J.S. Bach, played with an angelic touch and consummate musicianship. Hadelich’s ability to bring out the music within the music created a performance that made this listener believe that Bach really was channeling the glory of God."
Augustin Hadelich performed Bruch Violin Concerto No. 1 with the Aspen Music Festival Orchestra.
- The Aspen Times: "Every phrase had meaning, even in a piece as unrelentingly beautiful as this one, whether it was a soulful tinge to a slow melody, a subtle lilt to a rhythmic gesture or all-out virtuosity that said something more than 'look what I can do.' He can do it all, but he makes it fit an organic whole that can envelop a listener in all its intricacies."
Vadim Gluzman performed Mozart’s Violin Concerto No. 3 with the Grant Park Orchestra.
- Chicago Tribune: "...in welcome defiance of rote Mozart interpretations everywhere, Gluzman shone wherever he exercised more creative license, with bountifully virtuosic cadenzas and coolly clever elaborations on repeated themes."
Caroline Goulding performed Mozart’s Violin Concerto No. 5 with the Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra.
- Cincinnati Business Courier: "It was clear from her performance of this familiar concerto that she possesses an effortless technique and beautiful tone. Her articulation was clear and bright in the first movement. But perhaps most notable about her playing was the individual interpretation she brought to every phrase."
Leonidas Kavakos performed the Brahms Violin Concerto with the Boston Symphony Orchestra at Tanglewood.
- The Boston Musical Intelligencer: "His expressive bow, his lickety-split fingering projected the full of the score, from sustained singing lines to dramatic, full-force assertions."
Grace Clifford performed the Sibelius Violin Concerto with the West Australian Symphony Orchestra.
- The West Australian: "The Sydney-based, Curtis Institute-trained soloist was a study in focus as a shimmer in strings sustained her cadenza-like opening strains, deeply expressive in full-bodied playing from the depths to high harmonics as timpani rumbled and horns glowered."
- Limelight: "Clifford, the winner of the ABC Symphony Australia Young Performer of the Year Award in 2014, gave a spirited reading of the challenging work, which is widely acknowledged as one of the more technically demanding works for violin."
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