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Vancouver Symphony and Kyoko Takezawa

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The other night I heard the Vancouver Symphony perform a blasting "School for Scandal" overture, conducted by Austrian conductor Christoph Campestrini, followed by the composer Barber's Violin Concerto, played by Kyoko Takezawa.

It's one of my favorite concertos, and I love hearing a vast range of interpretations. According to the program notes, Takezawa plays the Antonio Stradivarious Campocselice, but "most recently has been given the Guarneri del Gesu Wieniaswski (1742), on loan to her provided by the Stradivarius Society in Chicago."

I don't know which instrument she played, but it was the most bronzy, burnished, contralto/viola sound I've ever heard in this piece, and I was thrilled to here it played with such depth and guts.

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