The Week in Reviews, Op. 416: Thomas Gould, Augustin Hadelich, Nicola Benedetti
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Violinist Thomas Gould.
Thomas Gould performed Max Richter’s Recomposed: Vivaldi – The Four Seasons with Britten Sinfonia at BBC Prom 68.
- Evening Standard: "Besides taking the solo violin part, Gould shaped the whole performance with unfussy panache. Rhythms hit hard and there was an almost improvisatory freedom pulsing through the playing, both solo and ensemble. "
Augustin Hadelich performed the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto with Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich at BBC Prom 59
- The Spectator: "(Conductor Paavo) Jarvi solved the conundrum with orchestral playing of chamber-music delicacy and softness. Hadelich stood out as if spotlit, though the overall effect was intimate."
Nicola Benedetti performed Wynton Marsalis’ Violin Concerto in D major with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra.
- J-wire: "Benedetti displayed full control, amazing technique made to look easy, and great versatility in performance style. "
Nathan Cole performed Vivaldi's "Four Seasons" with the Los Angeles Philharmonic.
- Violinist.com: "While Nathan's playing was fast and virtuosic, it never seemed in a hurry. Nathan brought a beautiful sense of ebb and flow to the music, with the conductor and ensemble responding with sensitivity to the many turns."
The Hardanger Musikkfest took place in Lofthus, Norway.
- The Arts Desk: "This is the 28th edition of what bills itself as an 'international chamber music festival' — really, it means the music is performed in intimate settings, whether the church or Lofthus’ village hall Krossvoll."
The Verona Quartet performed in recital at the Stissing Center in upstate New York.
- The Millbrook Independent: "I appreciate concerts programs when an often-neglected work is re-interpreted with maximum perception by the performers."
Trio Sirènes performed at University of Maryland's chamber music series.
- Washington Classical Review: "Flutist and violist wove their lines in intricate patterns in the opening Adagio (of Sonata, Op. 2, no. 8, by Jean-Marie Leclair), cleanly delineating the sixteenth notes in the subsequent Allegro. Brown, who is assistant principal violist of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, shone in her low range in the third movement, while the harp produced unusual trills."
New Zealand String Quartet performed its "Woven Pathways" program in New Plymouth, N.Z.
- Stratford Press: "The musicians play together seamlessly and, despite the precision and pace the piece requires, also seem to be having plenty of fun as they take the audiences on a whimsical journey..."
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