The Week in Reviews, Op. 376: Anne Akiko Meyers; Maria Dueñas; Paul Huang
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Violinist Anne Akiko Meyers. Photo by David Zentz.
Anne Akiko Meyers performed Arturo Márquez's "Fandango" violin concerto on tour with the Los Angeles Philharmonic at Carnegie Hall and Mexico City's National Auditorium.
- New York Classical Review: "the soloist Anne Akiko Meyers... is a wonderful violinist. Her full, rich tone projected easily throughout the hall, she dazzled with her fluent technique, and her phrasing was unfailingly musical...."
- Concertonet: "Anne Akiko Meyers, for whom the work was written, soared through this jungle, her 1741 Guarneri del Gesù violin jumping, bouncing, playing the frequent high registers with operatic facility, the fandango rhythms of the eponymous work flying out with golden art."
- New York Times: "Márquez’s 'Fandango' draws on that country’s music, turning the orchestra into a lively rhythm section that allowed Meyers’s violin to sing with a silky tone....."
- La Jornada (Mexico): The violinist danced with her instrument while the notes sprouted from her fine fingers."
- NOTE: Click here to listen to the New York performance for free through WQXR and Carnegie Hall.
María Dueñas performed Gabriela Ortiz's "Altar de cuerdas" violin concerto with the Los Angeles Philharmonic at Carnegie Hall and in Mexico.
- New York Times: "Little of what Ortiz wrote for the solo violinist is classically beautiful, yet Dueñas was wholly captivating. Her tone was scratchy and possessed in fiendish runs, leaps and double and triple stops. She could also produce brilliance and high-frequency top notes that pinged like artificial sound effects. Low-pitched trills had a guttural quality, and she slashed at the violin so furiously she could have drawn blood from its strings."
- New York Classical Review: "One admired Dueñas’ commitment to the music, and her performance was full of drive and passion, the crowd responding with equal fervor."
- La Jornada (Mexico): "(Duenas) passionately played the piece that demanded great intensity."
Paul Huang performed the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto with the Fort Wayne Philharmonic Orchestra.
- WBOI Classical Connection: "Huang played with great feeling and emotion. He effectively captured the intensity of this concerto. It was a "dream performance" that really moved those who heard his playing."
Daniel Pioro performed Ralph Vaughan Williams' "The Lark Ascending" and Tom Coult’s violin concerto "Pleasure Garden" with the London Philharmonic.
- The Guardian: "Daniel Pioro...led the solo line on an ever more ecstatic spiral, full of expressive nudges and nuances."
Paul Huang performed Barber’s Violin Concerto with the San Diego Symphony.
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