This spring is not the first time Gil Shaham's long-term exploration of iconic "Violin Concertos of the 1930s" has led to collaboration with the New York Philharmonic. Now in its third season, the project saw him join forces with the orchestra for violin concertos by Walton in 2010--when the violinist, recently namedMusical America's Instrumentalist of the Year, demonstrated "easy mastery" and "ample personality" (New York Times)--and by Barber in 2011, when he gave a "rich-toned, gracefully shaped performance" (New York Times). Now the Avery Fisher Prize-winner returns to New York's Lincoln Center for four accounts of Karl Amadeus Hartmann's Concerto funèbre (1939) with David Zinman on the podium, on March 15--20. Throughout this spring the violinist takes on concertos for the project by reprising Hartmann's concerto for two dates with the Bavarian State Orchestra; he takes on the Stravinsky concerto with both the Atlanta Symphony and Zurich's Tonhalle Orchestra, plus the Berg concerto with the Paris Orchestra and the New Jersey Symphony, where he couples the Berg with world premiere performances of a new concerto by Richard Danielpour.
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