Soovin Kim goes the distance with BPO

 Reviewed by David L. Schriber

American violinist Soovin Kim was featured soloist as the Binghamton Philharmonic Orchestra performed Antonín Dvořák’s Violin Concerto in A-minor, op. 53 on Saturday, April 2, at Binghamton University’s Anderson Center. It was a convincing demonstration of endurance in a composition uncharacteristically demanding of both bowing and fingering for long periods of time throughout its 32 minutes. One might expect it to be difficult toward the end of such a high-energy piece to play with a light and lilting touch, but that’s just what Kim delivered. Throughout the entire concerto, soloist and orchestra were well integrated, the solo violin seeming to rise smoothly out of the ensemble, the orchestra deferring to the virtuoso’s cadenza passages, then just as smoothly ramping up again. The performance was met with an enthusiastic standing ovation from the full house. Read the rest of this entry »

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Moscow State Radio Symphony delivers at BU

Reviewed by Tony Villecco

Binghamton University’s Anderson Center in its limited but varied season presented the Moscow State Radio Symphony Orchestra Feb. 16 to an almost sold-out audience. Founded in 1978, the orchestra concentrates on symphonic repertoire of the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries, primarily in Russia, although it has traveled extensively, including the United States, Italy and Korea.

Appropriately performing all Russian works, Maestro Alexei Kornienko opened with Rimsky-Korsakov’s “May Night Overture.” While perhaps not the most exciting piece with which to begin a program, considering the huge repertoire of the Russian composers, it was a lyrical and evocative work that showcased the commitment of the string players. In turn, the strings were answered by some haunting trombone playing. Read the rest of this entry »

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