Fiddle News

April 1, 2007

Leila Josefowicz and John Adams

Filed under: Interview,Music,Review — tmyers2002 @ 7:21 pm

Leila JosefowiczComposer John Adams talks to Mark Stryker in this interview published by the Detroit Free Press. Among other things, he takes special note of violinist Leila Josefowicz who performed Adams’ Violin Concerto (1993). How does Adams feel about the Josefowicz? He rates her very highly, and praises her “Olympian majesty of expression.” Says Adams, “she’s an incredibly serious and painstaking performer.”

The critics seem to agree. Lawrence B. Johnson reviewed the performance for the Detroit News and said Josefowicz gave the concerto “a glittering turn”.  In his review for the Detroit Free Press, Mark Stryker called Josefowicz “a force of nature”. Finally Mark Freier, writing in his blog, wrote that watching Josefowicz “you could see and feel raw talent and sheer passion”.

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