THEATER | DANCE | CLASSICAL MUSIC | OPERA | COMEDY

NORTH TEXAS PERFORMING ARTS NEWS

REVIEWS

NO CAPTION

Review: Hilary Hahn | Dallas Symphony Orchestra | Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center


Take a Bow

The Dallas Symphony and guest violinist were in top form this weekend, but our critic can't love Dvořák's Violin Concerto.



published Monday, September 25, 2017

Photo: Michael Patrick O\'Leary
Hilary Hahn

 

Dallas — Apparently, I’m never going to like the Dvořák violin concerto. Oh, I love nearly everything else he wrote—the chamber music, the symphonies, the cello concerto—but the violin concerto, except for the joyous, bouncing theme of the third movement, leaves me cold.

Because if Hilary Hahn’s masterful performance with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra under guest conductor Hannu Lintu couldn’t convince me to fall in love, nothing ever will. Hahn may be the most technically perfect violinist alive. Even when I don’t agree with her interpretive choices, I can never manage to fault her execution. Her playing is a master class in vibrato, in intonation, in bow technique. She makes the impossible seem effortless.

Still, I’d rather hear her play something else. The Dvořák concerto simply has too few good ideas relative to its length. Luckily, Hahn played an encore, the Gigue from the Partita No. 3 for Solo Violin by Bach. Her Bach was astonishing. Hahn’s sound fills the Meyerson, and is rich and round and warm. This was utterly delicious playing by a genius of her craft.

The Lay Family Concert Organ got a relatively rare airing this weekend, too, with organist James Diaz performing Samy Moussa’s “A Globe Itself Infolding” with the DSO. Long, sustained, quasi-minimalist chords, an organ cadenza, and a seat-rattling close, gave us, for once, ample opportunity truly to hear the organ and its beauty. Composer Moussa was present for an ovation.

Orchestral works on the curiously varied program included Sibelius’ Finlandia, perhaps an homage to conductor Lintu’s country of origin, and Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 1, written when he was just 18 years old. Both revealed not only the orchestra’s polish, but also the conductor’s flamboyance. Some stick technique, such as the below-the-podium downbeat or the sideways swish, seemed more for the benefit of the audience than the orchestra (because who can see that below-the-podium stuff, beyond the first stand of strings?). Still, he got better results from the orchestra than DSO guest conductors sometimes do.

Many individual players deserve kudos for solos in the Shostakovich, including pianist Gabriel Sanchez, for a brilliant performance, co-concertmaster Nathan Olson, new DSO principal flute David Buck, principal oboe Erin Hannigan, and timpanist Brian Jones.

With last week’s performances of Mahler Symphony No. 5, this orchestra showed that it has found its voice again. This week’s concert just proved it. Thanks For Reading





Dates, Prices, & Other Details

View the Article Slideshow

Comment on this Article

Share this article on Social Media
Click or Swipe to close
Take a Bow
The Dallas Symphony and guest violinist were in top form this weekend, but our critic can't love Dvořák's Violin Concerto.
by J. Robin Coffelt

Share this article on Facebook
Tweet this article
Share this article on Google+
Share this article via email
An Act Of God Circle Theatre CCBT Lone Star Circus Black Nativity Snowflakes Watertower Theatre John Fade Uptown Players UNT Dance and Theatre Margo Jones Holiday Open Classicial Plaid Tidings Dallas Opera Dallas Opera
Hear Here
An Act Of God Circle Theatre CCBT Lone Star Circus Black Nativity Snowflakes Watertower Theatre John Fade Uptown Players UNT Dance and Theatre Margo Jones Holiday Open Classicial Plaid Tidings Dallas Opera Dallas Opera
Hear Here
An Act Of God Circle Theatre CCBT Lone Star Circus Black Nativity Snowflakes Watertower Theatre John Fade Uptown Players UNT Dance and Theatre Margo Jones Holiday Open Classicial Plaid Tidings Dallas Opera Dallas Opera
Hear Here
An Act Of God Circle Theatre CCBT Lone Star Circus Black Nativity Snowflakes Watertower Theatre John Fade Uptown Players UNT Dance and Theatre Margo Jones Holiday Open Classicial Plaid Tidings Dallas Opera Dallas Opera
Hear Here
An Act Of God Circle Theatre CCBT Lone Star Circus Black Nativity Snowflakes Watertower Theatre John Fade Uptown Players UNT Dance and Theatre Margo Jones Holiday Open Classicial Plaid Tidings Dallas Opera Dallas Opera
Hear Here
An Act Of God Circle Theatre CCBT Lone Star Circus Black Nativity Snowflakes Watertower Theatre John Fade Uptown Players UNT Dance and Theatre Margo Jones Holiday Open Classicial Plaid Tidings Dallas Opera Dallas Opera
Hear Here
An Act Of God Circle Theatre CCBT Lone Star Circus Black Nativity Snowflakes Watertower Theatre John Fade Uptown Players UNT Dance and Theatre Margo Jones Holiday Open Classicial Plaid Tidings Dallas Opera Dallas Opera
Hear Here
An Act Of God Circle Theatre CCBT Lone Star Circus Black Nativity Snowflakes Watertower Theatre John Fade Uptown Players UNT Dance and Theatre Margo Jones Holiday Open Classicial Plaid Tidings Dallas Opera Dallas Opera
Hear Here
An Act Of God Circle Theatre CCBT Lone Star Circus Black Nativity Snowflakes Watertower Theatre John Fade Uptown Players UNT Dance and Theatre Margo Jones Holiday Open Classicial Plaid Tidings Dallas Opera Dallas Opera
Hear Here
An Act Of God Circle Theatre CCBT Lone Star Circus Black Nativity Snowflakes Watertower Theatre John Fade Uptown Players UNT Dance and Theatre Margo Jones Holiday Open Classicial Plaid Tidings Dallas Opera Dallas Opera
Hear Here
An Act Of God Circle Theatre CCBT Lone Star Circus Black Nativity Snowflakes Watertower Theatre John Fade Uptown Players UNT Dance and Theatre Margo Jones Holiday Open Classicial Plaid Tidings Dallas Opera Dallas Opera
Hear Here
An Act Of God Circle Theatre CCBT Lone Star Circus Black Nativity Snowflakes Watertower Theatre John Fade Uptown Players UNT Dance and Theatre Margo Jones Holiday Open Classicial Plaid Tidings Dallas Opera Dallas Opera
Hear Here
An Act Of God Circle Theatre CCBT Lone Star Circus Black Nativity Snowflakes Watertower Theatre John Fade Uptown Players UNT Dance and Theatre Margo Jones Holiday Open Classicial Plaid Tidings Dallas Opera Dallas Opera
Hear Here
An Act Of God Circle Theatre CCBT Lone Star Circus Black Nativity Snowflakes Watertower Theatre John Fade Uptown Players UNT Dance and Theatre Margo Jones Holiday Open Classicial Plaid Tidings Dallas Opera Dallas Opera
Hear Here
An Act Of God Circle Theatre CCBT Lone Star Circus Black Nativity Snowflakes Watertower Theatre John Fade Uptown Players UNT Dance and Theatre Margo Jones Holiday Open Classicial Plaid Tidings Dallas Opera Dallas Opera
Hear Here
An Act Of God Circle Theatre CCBT Lone Star Circus Black Nativity Snowflakes Watertower Theatre John Fade Uptown Players UNT Dance and Theatre Margo Jones Holiday Open Classicial Plaid Tidings Dallas Opera Dallas Opera
Hear Here
An Act Of God Circle Theatre CCBT Lone Star Circus Black Nativity Snowflakes Watertower Theatre John Fade Uptown Players UNT Dance and Theatre Margo Jones Holiday Open Classicial Plaid Tidings Dallas Opera Dallas Opera
Hear Here
An Act Of God Circle Theatre CCBT Lone Star Circus Black Nativity Snowflakes Watertower Theatre John Fade Uptown Players UNT Dance and Theatre Margo Jones Holiday Open Classicial Plaid Tidings Dallas Opera Dallas Opera
Hear Here
An Act Of God Circle Theatre CCBT Lone Star Circus Black Nativity Snowflakes Watertower Theatre John Fade Uptown Players UNT Dance and Theatre Margo Jones Holiday Open Classicial Plaid Tidings Dallas Opera Dallas Opera
Hear Here
An Act Of God Circle Theatre CCBT Lone Star Circus Black Nativity Snowflakes Watertower Theatre John Fade Uptown Players UNT Dance and Theatre Margo Jones Holiday Open Classicial Plaid Tidings Dallas Opera Dallas Opera
Hear Here
Click or Swipe to close
reviews
views on theater, dance, classical music, opera and comedy performances
news & notes
reports from the local performing arts scene
features & interviews
who and what are moving and shaking in the performing arts scene
season announcements
keep up with the arts groups' upcoming seasons
audiocasts
listen to interviews with people in the local performing arts scene
media reviews
reviews and stories on performing arts-related film, TV, recordings and books
arts organizations
learn more about the local producing and presenting arts groups
performance venues
learn more about the theaters and spaces where the arts happen
contests
keep up with fabulous ticket giveaways and other promotions
crowdfunding
connect to local arts crowdfunding campaigns
studio
post or view auditions and performing arts-related classes, services, jobs and more
about us
info on TheaterJones, our staff, what we do and how to contact us
Click or Swipe to close
First Name:
Last Name:
Date of Birth:
ZIP Code:
Your Email Address:
Click or Swipe to close
Join TheaterJones Around the Web



Follow Us on Twitter

Subscribe to our Youtube Channel

Click or Swipe to close
Search the TheaterJones Archives
Use any or all of the options below to search through all of reviews, interviews, features and special sections. If you are looking for a an event, use the calendar section of this website. This search will not search through the calendar.
Article Title Search:


Description Search:
TheaterJones Contributor:


TheaterJones Section:


Category:
Showing on or after:      Showing on or before:  
Search
Click or Swipe to close
We welcome your comments

I am discussing:  



Your Name:
Your Email Adress:


please enter the text below and then click or tap SUBMIT :
Submit