The Week in Reviews, Op. 391: Vilde Frang, violist Tabea Zimmermann, Danbi Um and Paul Huang
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Violinist Vilde Frang.
Vilde Frang performed Elgar’s Violin Concerto with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra.
- The Guardian: "Not only did Frang deal with its virtuoso demands as though they barely existed, but her extraordinarily beautiful tone – not just on the lower strings but in the refulgent glow right to the top – seemed to honour the source of Elgar’s inspiration with a startling immediacy."
- Nation CYMRU: "From the very beginning it was clear that the Norwegian violinist understood the emotions buried in this music which Elgar composed at the height of his powers. This was a captivating performance of sensitivity and insight, suggesting that those who contend that non-English musicians have a deeper understanding of Elgar’s music than those born in the composer’s homeland may be correct."
Violist Tabea Zimmermann performed works by Ödön Partos, Béla Bartók and Johannes Brahms with the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra as its newest artistic partner.
- Star Tribune: "... the evening performance proved a very satisfying sonic journey, an expertly interpreted combination of mournful modernism and brightly colored Brahms."
Danbi Um and Paul Huang performed in recital with pianist Amy Yang at Herbst Theatre in San Francisco.
- San Francisco Classical Voice: "This was an excellent venue to hear the two violinists play both separately and together, with and without piano accompaniment. They presented a lively and winning exhibition of largely unfamiliar music."
Yi-We Jiang performed in recital with pianist Frank Corliss for Piano Plus in the Town of Olive, N.Y.
Adrian Anantawan performed Mendelssohn's Violin Concerto in E minor with the Okanagan Symphony Orchestra.
- Penticton Western News: "The violin soloist Adrian Anantawan, a gifted virtuoso, born without a right hand, produced a beautiful sound using a sophisticated prosthetic for his bow arm."
The Consone Quartet performed works by Haydn, Fauré and Mendelssohn.
- The Ilkley Gazette: "In fact it is invidious to pick out individuals in this quartet, who play together like members of a family, constantly sharing the pleasure in their musicianship, exchanging eye contact and drawing us into their enjoyment. This was a truly satisfying musical experience!"
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