Chicago Classical Review

Tue 17 Jun 2014

[On Midori's performance of the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Susanna Mälkki at the Ravinia Festival]

Midori delivered a wholly satisfying performance, tackling this ineradicable warhorse with characteristic verve, fire, and tonal gleam. She brought a lithe, lyric elegance to the music while mining the melancholy introspection of the Canzonetta with subtly shaded expression and providing bristling bravura in the finale's solo fireworks.

Fri 28 Mar 2014

Midori electrifying with CSO

If you do nothing else this season, you must see Midori.
Midori...delivered an electrifying performance of Shostakovich's Violin Concerto No.1 with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra [and guest conductor Jun Märkl].
Midori crouched and swayed as she played [the] long, lyrical theme [of the first movement], altering her tone from pure and white to throbbing, as if her violin were a human voice. Her phrases were emotional and beautifully shaped, and the sound she drew on her rare violin...was remarkably warm.
[In the scherzo] the violinist dug into her strings and drove to its finish with her bow flying. The perfection of her artistry was on display in the third movement, a Passacaglia, which led into a solo cadenza played without orchestra. Here she took her time, and every note had meaning. The audience barely breathed. As she reached into the stratosphere, she knew how to make even the most difficult feats sound easy.
After so much intensity, the finale was sheer pleasure. Midori tackled the frenzied dance-like music with jaw-dropping technique and nonstop virtuosity.

International Record Review

Wed 15 Jan 2014

Bloch, Janáček, Shostakovich (Onyx 4084)

Midori is among the finest violinists of her generation, but her discography is particularly interesting. As well as the familiar warhorses, Midori's recordings also include deeply impressive performances of sonatas by the likes of Poulenc, Strauss and Elgar and she continues her exploration of 20th century violin sonatas with this new disc for Onyx.

These three works form a highly satisfying recital....Midori is outstandingly successful in bringing out the long singing lines of Bloch's post-impressionist writing, helped by the refined and characterful support of Özgür Aydin. It is a highly successful performance of a work that has considerable emotional range and power.

Janáček's Violin Sonata suits Midori's temperament extremely well. Her feeling for Janáček's rhythms and gestures is completely natural. ...Midori and Aydin are particularly successful at bringing out the moments of radiance and resolution that are such important points of arrival in this extraordinary work. Throughout, they make the most of its drama and its thrilling rhetoric.

Midori and Aydin are impressive [in Shostakovich's Violin Sonata] combining depth of tone, stunning technique and rhythmic tension with a formidable sense of the work's dramatic trajectory.

La Stampa

Sun 8 Feb 2009

Deliziosa Midori tra capriccio e romanticismo.

Si muove come un'onda, imbracciando il prodigioso Guarneri del Gesu', un violino dalla voce angelica, trattato con una purezza di suono e di intonazione che non presenta mai la minima smagliatura......
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