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Steven Mackey: Violin Concerto with Leila Josefowicz 5/13/11

May 13, 2011

I was very very impressed by Mackey’s violin concerto yesterday at the dress rehearsal of LA Phil’s subscription concert. It is a great piece. And of course, Josefowicz can play. With her command, intensity, energy, and technique, this violin concerto sounded amazing. It reminded me Barber violin concerto. 2 composers use different musical languages, but I felt the spirit between 2 pieces are similar. If you have not heard Josefowicz’s violin playing, you are missing something very important. Pair with this violin concerto, all time favorite, Brahms German Requiem, is on the program.