Fiddle News

May 22, 2007

Janine Jansen in The Big Apple

Filed under: Music — tmyers2002 @ 8:48 pm

janine jansenIn this interview with Barbara Hoffman of the New York Post, Janine Jansen explains why a strapless gown is the perfect wardrobe when playing a strad. She also discusses music and her romance with fellow violinist Julian Rachlin. She was in New York to play Mendelssohn with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra. In his review, Jay Norlinger of the New York Sun called her playing “liquid and focused.”

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Jennifer Koh Finds Something New

Filed under: Music,Review — tmyers2002 @ 8:37 pm

jennifer kohJennifer Koh played the Sibelius violin concerto in Annapolis in May with the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra. David Lindauer reviewing for The Capitol was pleasantly surprised by the unusual approach Koh took to this warhorse of the violin repertoire, and thought she brought remarkable insights to a piece he thought he thoroughly knew. In his review for the Baltimore Sun, Phil Greenfield thought that this was a performance that “imparted something special.”

Joshua Bell Finishes Up with the SPCO

Filed under: Music,Review — tmyers2002 @ 8:25 pm

joshua bellBefore he joins the faculty of Indiana University, Joshua Bell wrapped up his stint as Artistic Partner of the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra. In his final concert of the season with the SPCO, Bell led a program of Mozart, Saint Saens, Tchaikovsky, and Chausson. Michael Anthony of the Star Tribune reviewed the concert and thought Bell played with his “customarily warm, immaculately focused tone.” In his review for the Pioneer Press, Ron Hubbard called Bell “a charismatic performer who can make a trip to the concert hall a deeply rewarding experience.”

Leila Josefowicz Visits D.C.

Filed under: Interview,Music,Review — tmyers2002 @ 8:11 pm

leila josefowiczLot’s of Leila Josefowicz news going around. First, an interview with Joel D. Amos of the North County Times in which she talks about Beethoven, new music, and what she learned growing up. Next, a review by Tim Smith of the Baltimore Sun of her performance of John Adam’s The Dharma at Big Sur. He says Josefowicz played with “exceptional technical aplomb and nuance.” Another review of the same program by Tim Page of the Washington Post said Josefowicz “wailed and moaned with meticulously controlled abandon.” Finally, this post by Charles T. Downey over at Ionarts. He called her concert at the Jewish Community Center of Greater Washington a wonderful Mother’s Day gift.

Nikolaj Znaider Travels the Midwest

Filed under: Music — tmyers2002 @ 7:46 pm

nikolaj znaiderDanish violinist and all around hunk (or so I’m told) Nikolaj Znaider has been touring the U.S. this spring. In early May he was in Wisconsin playing Nielsen’s violin concerto with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra. In his review for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Tom Strini remarked that “Znaider is so good that you ignore his virtuosity.” Last week Znaider played Brahms with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra and Lawrence B. Johnson of the Detroit News reviewed the performance, calling Znaider’s playing long-lined and finely contoured.

Ruth Palmer Returns to Wigmore

Filed under: Music,Review — tmyers2002 @ 7:29 pm

Ruth palmerFresh off her Young Artist of the Year award, up-and-coming violinist Ruth Palmer traveled back to Wigmore Hall to play a recital of Beethoven, Janacek and Bartok. Anna Picard of The Independent was there, and in her review she thought Palmer started off a little tired and slow, but soon found her footing and took off.

Viviane Hagner Plays Brahms

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

viviane hagnerViviane Hagner has been playing the Brahms violin concerto. Last April she played with the Florida Symphony in Tampa Florida. Kurt Loft of the Tampa Tribune wrote this review, and reports that Hagner stole the night with her playing of the cadenza. In May she played the Brahms violin concerto in Ottawa, Canada, and Richard Todd of the Ottawa Citizen wrote that Hagner’s playing was “sheer beauty.”

May 1, 2007

Phillippe Quint Plays Bernstein

Filed under: Music,Review — tmyers2002 @ 6:44 pm

phillippe quintRussian violinist Phillippe Quint played the Bernstein Serenade with the Alabama Symphony under Christopher Confessore. Quint dedicated the performance to the late Mstislav Rostropovich, and Michael Huebner reviewed the performance for the Birmingham News, saying Quint gave a sparkling performance.

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