Lisa Batiashvili: Visions of Prokofiev - Pizzicato
"Lisa Bathiasvili and the Chamber Orchestra of Europe conducted by Yannick Nézet-Séguin offer an enchanting performance of Prokofiev’s violin concertos. Bathiasvili’s sensitive yet also virtuoso playing has an exciting naturalness which presents both of these wonderful violin concertos not only impeccably, but underlines all their qualities." (9.3.18, Pizzicato)
Best recordings: Giuilano Carmignola
"Virtuoso “violinism” and energising direction notwithstanding, neither Giuliano Carmignola nor Claudio Abbado seems inspired by the B flat Concerto, K207. Nor does slick dispatch do much for the first movement of the D major, K211; but this is not the shape of things to come. Carmignola steps away from neutrality in the succeeding Andante. The music breathes a life of its own as he ardently inflects its phrases to shape the tension and relaxation of his line which – as elsewhere – he also embellishes." This short text is on the Website of Gramophone sounds very good. It´s the best if you enjoy the recording of this magnificant violinconcert.
Lisa Batiashvili: Visions of Prokofiev
"Lisa Batiashvili’s fifth recording for Deutsche Grammophon is devoted to music by Sergey Prokofiev. Her recording bridges the gap between serious and popular music of the early 20th century. The two violin concerts of Prokoviev are an outstanding and especially compositions. With her unique talent to turn standard repertoire into something new, fresh, elegant and special, this album will allow the listener to rediscover Prokofiev through Lisa’s eyes." (5.2.18, classical music news)
Raphaela Gromes and Julian Riem inspire the audience with their wonderful CD Serenata Italiana
Raphaela Gromes and Julian Riem inspire the audience with their wonderful CD Serenata Italiana. "Both players lavish detailed attention to the text, providing neat rhythmic playing coupled with a compelling lyricism. (...) a truly exciting and brilliant delivery!“ (Joanne Talbot, The Strad)
"Gromes makes a very attractive sound, warm but clearly defined at the top, big and sonorous at the bottom. (...) Gromes combines sincere expression and needlepoint brilliance in Sinigaglia’s two miniatures and wraps it all up with an effortlessly nonchalant account of Castelnuovo-Tedesco’s jaw-droppingly flashy paraphrase on Rossini’s ‘Largo al factotum’." (Richard Bratby, Gramophone).
Violin Star David Garrett dazzles with Tchaikovsky in Aachen
On Sunday, September 3rd, 2017, David Garrett gave a concert in his hometown of Aachen – for the first time in over twelve years. The violin star performed the illustrious violin concerto by Peter Tchaikovsky to a sold-out crowd at the Kurpark Classix. Accompanied by the Sinfonieorchester Aachen, Garrett displayed his virtuosity and wowed his listeners.
Critics were also impressed: “With a smile, he stands next to the podium, the concert begins, Garrett assumes the posture, staggers his stance, stable yet mobile. Within the first bars, he delves deeply into Tchaikovsky's work, a work that is both hailed and feared by many a virtuoso. No question about it, as a seasoned virtuoso with a palpable joy for detail, Garrett both technically and artistically masters every facet. Powerful “strokes”, soft-fingered sequences, silken melancholy, and violent emotional upheavals – Garrett lets his violin sing and sigh, eliciting the unbelievable time and again, and assuring that pulse rates are raised.” (Aachener Zeitung, Sept. 5Th, 2017)