Concert Review: Kristóf Baráti (stepping in for Leonidas Kavakos), Lionel Bringuier / Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich @ Tonhalle Zurich, 2017-06-15 — Peter Eötvös (*1944): zeroPoints (1999); Igor Stravinsky: “Pétrouchka” Suite (version 1947); Dmitri Shostakovich: Violin Concerto No.1 in A minor, op.77 (op.99)
Concert review: Barbara Hannigan, Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich, 2017-04-02 — Ligeti: “Atmosphères” for grand orchestra; Berg: Symphonic pieces from “Lulu”; Debussy: “Nuages” from “Trois Nocturnes”, L.91; Stravinsky: Symphony in Three Movements
Concert review: Jan Willem de Vriend, Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich; Zurich, 2017-03-15 — Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756 – 1791): Symphony No.39 in E♭ major, K.543; Symphony No.40 in G minor, K.550; Symphony No.41 in C major, K.551, “Jupiter”
Concert review — Season opening at Tonhalle Zurich, 2016-09-14: Martin Grubinger, Lionel Bringuier and the Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich with “Frozen in Time” by Avner Dorman (*1975) and “Le Sacre du printemps” by Igor Stravinsky (1882 – 1971)
With the entrance of the solo violin, though, the attention turned towards Sophia Jaffé, who presented herself as an experienced, expressive violinist, with a sonorous, full tone, delivering a solid, convincing interpretation.
… it was fascinating to observe how the violin remained audible, kept a clear presence even through minimal, light movements of the bow (…)
In the subsequent Larghetto, the soloist enchanted the audience with the most intimate, whispering tones, played almost sul ponticello, with minute, discreet movements of the bow, merely a hint, but always present, down to the softest ppp and below — one could almost sense the audience holding breath, totally captured by this playing.