Concert review, Julia Fischer & Yulianna Avdeeva @ Tonhalle Maag, Zurich, 2018-03-04 — Brahms: Violin Sonata No.2 in A major, op.100, “Thun Sonata”; Szymanowski: “Myths” for Violin and Piano, op.30; Shostakovich: Violin Sonata in G major, op.134
A short review with a brief comparison of several recordings of the six Sonatas for Solo Violin, op.27 by Eugène Ysaÿe (1858 – 1931), featuring recordings by Oscar Shumsky (1982), Frank Peter Zimmerman (1994), Thomas Zehetmair (2002), and Kristóf Baráti (2013), and a brief outlook to further recordings.
Concert Review: Kristóf Baráti (stepping in for Leonidas Kavakos), Lionel Bringuier / Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich @ Tonhalle Zurich, 2017-06-15 — Peter Eötvös (*1944): zeroPoints (1999); Igor Stravinsky: “Pétrouchka” Suite (version 1947); Dmitri Shostakovich: Violin Concerto No.1 in A minor, op.77 (op.99)
Concert review: Tonhalle Zurich, 2017-01-27 — Alexander Ghindin, Rimma Sushanskaya, Warsaw Festival Orchestra, playing Borodin: Polovtsian Dances from “Prince Igor”; Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto No.1 in B♭ minor, op.23; Dvořák: Symphony No.9 in E minor, op.95, “From the New World”
Natalia Gutman played with rich rubato, exploring the depth, the melodic strength of Dvořák’s composition with her dense, soft and singing tone (…) often, in lyrical passages, the soloist appeared completely immersed into the music, listening and playing with closed eyes (…)
The fourth movement, Allegretto, “Intermezzo interrotto” is rhythmically intricate, playing with Bohemian folk melodies — in typical Bartók / Hungarian manner, the meter is changing almost from bar to bar, leaving western ears “hanging in mid-air”: the orchestra’s playing was very good and appeared almost effortless.
Listening Diary, covering a recording with violin sonatas by Prokofiev, Shostakovich, & Schnittke, played by the late Lydia Mordkovich (1944 – 2014)