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March 13, 2007

No “Silent Period” for the Sibelius Violin Concerto

Filed under: Music — tmyers2002 @ 6:01 pm

Jean SibeliusThis year marks the fiftieth anniversary of Jean Sibelius’ death, and there seems to be no shortage of performances to commemorate his passing. In particular, last weekend saw three different violinists performing his violin concerto in various venues around the country. See the March 12 post for links to the Kavakos concert with the NSO, and the following reviews for the other two.

Sarah Chang performed the work last Friday with Eckart Preu and the Spokane Symphony. In his review, Travis Rivers of the Spokane Review called it “a gripping 25 minutes without a second’s letup.” For a further perspective, check out this heated discussion at

Meanwhile, a few hundred miles to the south, Hilary Hahn also played the Sibelius Concerto with the Utah Symphony under Keith Lockhart. Catherine R. Newton reviewing the concert for the Salt Lake Tribune notes that Hahn is more than just a teen idol, and played with “songfulness and vigor”, and in his review for the Deseret News, Edward Reichel  called her playing “gorgeously poetic.” And then there’s this from an enthusiastic fan.


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