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Concerto dei fiori, Washington Post, Monday, May 4, 2009

Washington Post, Monday, May 4, 2009

Violinist Chee-Yun was soloist in Czech composer Sylvie Bodorová's "Concerto dei Fiori" for violin and strings, whose U.S. premiere Zimmerman led in 1998. This tonal but restless 12-minute work includes lovely lower-string writing and a spectacular cadenza halfway through -- in which Chee-Yun showed prodigious technique. The concerto, mostly quiet and thoughtful, ends not with flowery spectacle but with a quotation from Bach's Cantata No. 180.

Mark J. Estren