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The Week in Reviews, Op. 284: Leonidas Kavakos; Ray Chen; Jung-Min Amy Lee – Violinist.com

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August 13, 2019, 1:23 PM · 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.

Leonidas Kavakos
Violinist Leonidas Kavakos. Photo by Marco Borggreve.

Leonidas Kavakos performed the Beethoven Violin Concerto with the Boston Symphony Orchestra at Tanglewood.

  • The Boston Globe: “It’s probably a safe assumption that Kavakos knows Beethoven’s Violin Concerto better than the back of his hand. More importantly, he knows what he wants from the piece. His violin sounded with silvery agility and a resonant warmth more typical of a cello. No phrase was insignificant; his performance wasn’t immaculate, but his spirit was boundless.”

Ray Chen performed the Bach Double (I) with student violinist Laura Kukkonen with the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl.

  • Violinist.com: “…Kukkonen and Chen played with matching styles. With so many ways to play Bach, this is no small feat for duet partners coming from different parts of the globe. Without being in a “period” style, their performance definitely had Baroque touches — the harpsichord in the orchestra, generous use of open strings, big-bellied long notes.”
  • Los Angeles Times: “I will always remember this moment when I got to play onstage. And when I saw that the people just stood up, and everyone clapping, that was amazing. I can’t describe the feeling”

Jung-Min Amy Lee performed the Barber Violin Concerto with the Cleveland Orchestra.

  • The Plain Dealer: “From the opening bars, Lee had the measure of the work’s heart-on-the-sleeve Romanticism and its wonderful aura of nostalgia, enhanced by the prominent part for piano, sensitively played by Principal Keyboardist Joela Jones. But she also brought a beautiful, big tone, projecting her insightful reading throughout the Blossom pavilion. Her intonation was perfect, even in the most passionate passages.”

Augustin Hadelich and pianist Orion Weiss performed in recital at the Aspen Music Festival.

  • The Aspen Times: “The music emerged as if from a cocoon, starting quietly and simply, then gaining complexity naturally and gradually until it blazed at the finish.”

Joshua Bell performed the Dvorák Violin Concerto with the Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra.

  • Limelight: “Dvorák’s tangy Violin Concerto is another work too infrequently heard. Lacking the sheer technical demands (and length) of the Brahms, it was particularly good to hear as prestigious a soloist as Bell take it for a spin. Investing the opening movement with some welcome Paganinian fire, he proved a fine advocate (even with the safety net of the score and some seat of the pants moments)…”

Pekka Kuusisto performed Vivaldi’s Four Seasons with the Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra.

  • Limelight: “With soloists and conductor clearly enjoying the occasion to no end, this was infectious concertising with some wonderfully off-piste contributions from Kuusisto as soloist (I’ve never heard galloping horses actually whinny in Autumn.) At one point we were even treated to some mischievous Nordic whistling.”

Annett Sosothikul Ho performed Mozart Concerto No. 3 with the Royal Bangkok Symphony Orchestra.

  • Bangkok Post: “Sosothikul Ho continued her melos accordingly with a mellifluous fluidity, until she arrived at the substantial cadenza of this allegro. Here she displayed an admirable double-stopping technique, coupled with a true performer’s instinct for dramatic expression….”

Daishin Kashimoto performed Mendelssohn Violin Concerto in D minor at the Incontri in Terra di Siena festival in Tuscany.

  • : “Daishin Kashimoto, a concertmaster of the Berlin Philharmonic, proved a full-blooded soloist in Mendelssohn’s D minor Violin Concerto – a rare piece much associated with Alberto Lysy.”

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