The Week in Reviews, Op. 397: Rachel Barton Pine and Jessie Montgomery; Paul Huang; Anne Sophie Mutter
In an effort to promote the coverage of live violin performance, Violinist.com each week presents links to reviews of notable concerts and recitals around the world.
Violinist Rachel Barton Pine and violinist/composer Jessie Montgomery.
Rachel Barton Pine and Jessie Montgomery performed the world premiere of Montgomery’s Musings for two violins at Chicago's MusicNOW series.
- Chicago Classical Review: "No mean fiddler in her own right, Montgomery held her own in the bravura department alongside her colleague—joined with the incisive Barton Pine in warm flights of lyricismor or simply cutting loose in high-energy fiddle pyrotechnics."
Paul Huang performed Max Bruch’s Scottish Fantasy with the Taiwan Philharmonic Orchestra at the Kennedy Center..
Anne-Sophie Mutter performed Thomas Adès' "Air" with the Boston Symphony Orchestra.
- The Arts Fuse: "Throughout its 13 minutes, lines weave together with mesmerizing formal logic. But it also sings and shimmers, each phrase an echo of the former. Mutter’s line glowed through the soft fog of strings, a vital part of the collective without being subsumed by it."
Melissa White performed Florence Price Violin Concerto No. 2 with the National Philharmonic.
- Violinist.com: "The juxtaposition of (Melissa's) sensitivity and...“effortless mastery” of virtuosic passages made for a truly spellbinding performance, one that received a long and well-deserved standing ovation."
Sirena Huang performed Mendelssohn's Violin Concerto with the Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra.
- Courier & Press: "To be honest, the concert could have been called “Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto,” so thrilling was the performance of heralded soloist Sirena Huang with the capable participation of the EPO."
Bomsori Kim performed Szymanowki’s First Violin Concerto with the National Orchestra of Wales .
- The Guardian: "South Korean Bomsori Kim was the impassioned soloist."
The Danish String Quartet performed works by Schubert at Zankel Hall.
- The New York Times: "At Zankel Hall on Thursday, that spirit of repetition — oblique and constantly transforming — coursed through the third installment of the Danish String Quartet’s 'Doppelgänger' project, which pairs Schubert’s late quartets with new commissions, and closes with an arrangement of a lied: in this case, “Gretchen.”"
Randall Goosby performed Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto with the Royal National Scottish Orchestra.
- The Scotsman: "...here he was, live with the RSNO, his breathtaking delivery – perfection meets panache – giving Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto a fresh, exhilarating lick of paint."
Emily Sun performed the world premiere of Elena Kats-Chernin's Fantasie im Wintergarten with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra.
- Arts Hub: "Each of the three movements had a particular style and made its own demands on the orchestra and the soloist, with frequent and dramatic changes. As always, Sun brought the music to life and imbued it with deep emotion."
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