Il giornale della musica

Mon 13 May 2019

CAROLIN WIDMANN E L'OPV

Grande successo per la violinista Carolin Widmann e l'OPV. Scrivono sul Giornale della musica: la violinista Carolin Widmann si presenta con un elegante abito bianco arricchito da alcune venature in nero, quasi a voler interpretare il capolavoro di Berg sin nella sua dedica alla figlia di Alma Mahler, “alla memoria di un angelo”. [...] la solista si esprime con una cantabilità alquanto insolita per un’opera del Novecento, [...] il violino si lascia sovrastare per spiccare successivamente in energiche arcate, quasi a interpretare lo struggimento che scorre nella musica di quest’opera. Strazianti passaggi virtuosistici, sempre ricchi di pathos, anticipano la citazione bachiana nel Corale finale dove la voce del violino si fa promotrice di una ricerca oltre la morte. Intenzioni confermate dalla stessa solista nell’incontro con il pubblico, che ha invitato ad abbandonarsi all’ascolto senza lasciarsi intimidire dalla presenza delle tecniche compositive adottate da Berg. 

The Strad

Fri 20 May 2016

CD Jurowski conducts Anderson / London Philharmonic Orchestra

"The sumptuous In lieblicher Bläue (2015) for violin and orchestra is the standout piece here, given a reading by its dedicatee Carolin Widmann that is so supple, considered and committed that it’s hard to believe it’s a live capture of the work’s very first performance (reviewed in the June 2015 issue)."
David Kettle, The Strad, 20 May 2016

Bachtrack

Sun 10 Apr 2016

Alban Berg Violin Concerto with Sydney Symphony and Christoph von Dohnanyi

Widmann’s reading of Alban Berg’s last completed work, his Violin Concerto, sounded deeply emotional – almost romantic. Her playing was powerful when needed (for example, in much of the Allegro’s pseudo-cadenza), but also, quietly serene in the appropriate places: for several minutes at the beginning of the first movement, she refrained from vibrating any note, producing a transparently pure sound quality, as she allowed the famous open strings motif and its transformations to soar and decline. These colours may well have been on the composer’s mind when he wrote on the title page: “in memory of an angel”.

Daily Telegraph (Australia)

Fri 8 Apr 2016

Alban Berg Violin Concerto with Sydney Symphony and Christoph von Dohnanyi

The program also marked the Australian debut of German violinist Carolin Widmann, who has performed the Berg concerto with Dohnanyi and the Philharmonia. She proved the perfect soloist in this exquisite work by perhaps the most approachable of the serialist composers of the Second Viennese School. Widmann demonstrated superb composure, accuracy and taste in this performance and hopefully she will return so Sydney audiences can hear more of her.

Bachtrack

Fri 2 Oct 2015

Alban Berg Concerto / Southbank Centre / Philharmonia Orchestra

And so Carolin Widmann and the Philharmonia’s performance was a revelation. Expressive, warm, rich, terrifying, menacing, explosive, even moments of humour; this was a full-blooded exploration of the gamut of human emotion. Dohnányi pulled out textures and opened up the work, showing and communicating a deep understanding of its complexity as well as its expressiveness. Widmann devoured the music with total ardour, switching between warm, rich, dark, lyrical and folky tones with ease. The entry of the chorale melody midway through the second movement felt completely organic, as did its transition to the original Bach realisation on the woodwinds. The melting of the soloist into the main body of the first violins towards the end was particularly lovely too.