The Week in Reviews, Op. 397: Rachel Barton Pine and Jessie Montgomery; Paul Huang; Anne Sophie Mutter

April 25, 2023, 6:46 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.

Rachel Barton Pine and Jessie Montgomery
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.

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.

Melissa White performed Florence Price Violin Concerto No. 2 with the National Philharmonic.

Sirena Huang performed Mendelssohn's Violin Concerto with the Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra.

Bomsori Kim performed Szymanowki’s First Violin Concerto with the National Orchestra of Wales .

The Danish String Quartet performed works by Schubert at Zankel Hall.

Randall Goosby performed Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto with the Royal National Scottish Orchestra.

Emily Sun performed the world premiere of Elena Kats-Chernin's Fantasie im Wintergarten with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra.

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April 27, 2023 at 10:03 AM · Re ~ 'The Arts Fuse' Review ~ Anne Sophie Mutter in Thomas Ades' "Air" with The Boston Symphony Orchestra. {#1}

The Review supposedly of Anne Sophie Mutter in the premiere of Thomas Ades' "Air" contains a vaguely written portrayal of a major composer for a major Violinist, Anne Sophie Mutter, yet whomever 'painted' the wistful critique, ended re Mutter: ".. and was not subsumed by it."

What in the world does 'Subsumed' mean, Prey Tell!!? Or is it a typo when going to the Press?! As a veteran violin soloist, one has never before seen nor heard of a word, 'subsumed' and it does attract attention yet distracts via the recent oddly weird insert when expressing the musical 'gist' of Ades' new work sounding to me as a 'galactic etheral' dreamy new Score!? More of The Arts Fuse critique would be helpful!

~ Yours musically with sincerity from Chicago ~

............. Elisabeth Matesky ...............

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April 27, 2023 at 03:20 PM · I think he’s trying to say the soloist was not drowned out by the orchestra, comparing the violin solo line visually to something that glows through a soft fog (the orchestra).

April 29, 2023 at 04:13 PM · ~ @Laurie Niles, Editor, ~ {#3} Re: I sort of sensed it & maybe understood Yet?!

Dear Laurie ~

To be sure, the reviewer has attracted attention using his unusual verbiage to describe a simple idea and perhaps he wished to not 'disturb' a Mood of Anne Sophie Mutter's Live performance and Creation even in print?? Yet, as a veteran concert player - having received tons of Reviews, I've never seen such a Word! Certainly, Thomas Ades and Violinist, Anne Sophie Mutter, warrant greater attention in the critique 'haze' to draw future violin aficionados in to Hear the Ades new (seems to me), 'Dream' for Violin & Full Symphony Orchestra!! Might you mention this to the {may be a young critic?!} and consider offering him a bit of space on your site to add to & elaborate a bit more about various aspects of the only Thirteen Minutes new Score for Violin and Orchestra, which if The BSO thought well enough of it to perform with Superb ASM, many of our Concert Going Audiences will appreciate knowing a bit more!!? {My FB Post garnered interest from some French!}

Seeing a most watched Television Programme last evening, 28th of April, and discussion about 'Only Beethoven' yet with a slight snide hint, I think we, collectively as musicians need to herald our Contemporary Composers i.e., Great One, Thomas Ades, publicly

to politely proclaim the Classical/Contemporary Music Message ~

Thank you for your Response & perfect translation of 'Subsumed'!

~ ~ ~ ~ ~ Elisabeth Matesky in Chicago ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

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