The Week in Reviews, Op. 386: Ilya Gringolts; Anne-Sophie Mutter; Alexander Sitkovetsky

February 7, 2023, 10:06 PM · In an effort to promote the coverage of live violin performance, each week presents links to reviews of notable concerts and recitals around the world.

Ilya Gringolts
Violinist Ilya Gringolts.

Ilya Gringolts performed four works as director and soloist with the Australian Chamber Orchestra.

Anne-Sophie Mutter and the Mutter Virtuosi performed at the Kravis Center in West Palm Beach, Fla. and at the Schwartz Center in Atlanta.

Alexander Sitkovetsky performed Vivaldi's "The Four Seasons" and Piazzolla's "Cuatro Estaciones Porteñas" with the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra.

Randall Goosby performed the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra.

Ray Chen performed the Mendelssohn Violin Concerto with the Los Angeles Philharmonic.

Lisa Batiashvili performed the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto with the Cleveland Orchestra in Naples, Fla.

Hilary Hahn performed the Sibelius Violin Concerto with the New Jersey Symphony.

Mateusz Wolski performed the Barber Violin Concerto with the Spokane Symphony.

Tracy Silverman performed Roberto Sierra’s "Ficciones" concerto for electric violin and orchestra with the Vermont Symphony Orchestra.

Jennifer Frautschi performed the Mendelssohn Violin Concerto with the Portland Symphony Orchestra.

Joshua Brown performed Mendelssohn Violin Concerto with MDR-Sinfonieorchester in Leipzig and Suhl, Germany.

The Sphinx Symphony with conductor Tito Muñoz performed at the Kennedy Center.

Pianist Yuja Wang performed all five of Rachmaninoff’s works for piano and orchestra with the Philadelphia Orchestra at Carnegie Hall.

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February 8, 2023 at 06:59 PM · I went to see the Skride piano quartet a few days ago, playing Frank Bridge, Dora Pejacevic and Brahms quartets. It was an unsatisfying concert due to the lack of ensemble in terms of unity of sound, intonation and just being together.

Baiba Skride on violin played very consistently flat, and she suddenly had to change a string in the middle of a movement, but came back still playing flat. The ensemble as a whole didn't seem to blend or decide on intonation, with the intonation of the ensemble deteriorating as the concert went on. I guess it's made up of 4 soloists, but it seemed like they didn't put in the work to really make a polished chamber group. Could have been an off-night.

February 9, 2023 at 12:30 PM · Nice to hear Ilya Gringolts is doing well. Our more recent members may be interested to hear that when he was younger and still growing towards becoming an international soloist and leader, he was quite regularly posting here on the discussion forum!

February 9, 2023 at 03:29 PM · I assume Gringolts played Bruch G minor? Unless there is a lesser-known G major concerto?

February 9, 2023 at 04:30 PM · Good point, Jocelyn - that was a direct quote from the reviewer, who must have gotten it wrong! I'm sure it was our old friend, the G minor!

February 9, 2023 at 04:30 PM · Mutter shared the stage with three of her young Virtuosi, including violinist Nancy Zhou. Zhou is 30 years of age. These days a "young virtuoso" is more like 12. But yes, Zhou is a wonderful musician.

Major vs. minor -- what's a half-step among friends?

February 9, 2023 at 05:04 PM · Hey, this concerto is a little dour, what if I just make this little change to help cheer people up?

February 9, 2023 at 05:38 PM · LOL I want to hear the Bruch G major and be cheered....

February 9, 2023 at 07:09 PM · With a whole-step modulation at the end of the third movement, perhaps?

February 11, 2023 at 03:05 AM · Like the Igudesman & Joo "Alla Molto Turca" sketch?

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