news_2012_11_03The reviews of Anthony Marwood and Aleksandar Madzar’s national recital tour with Musica Viva and appearances at the Huntington Estate Music Festival still keep flooding in. Here are just a few of them:

Musica Viva Tour

“… when Marwood strikes up the first noble chords of Beethoven’s Violin Sonata No 9 in A major, Kreutzer, Op 47, and Madzar answers with equal poise, one begins to appreciate what this acclaimed duo is all about. Their interpretation avoids all indulgence and inhabits a world where music and thought seem to co-exist, and the result is an uncommonly delicate Kreutzer distinguished by utmost purity, sensitivity and great thoughtfulness.”
Graham Strahle, The Australian, 5 November 2012

“[Schubert’s Fantasie in C’s] excruciatingly taxing demands and hazard-filled pages ensure that only the bravest and most accomplished musicians perform it in public. And the duo was gloriously up to its challenges”
Neville Cohn, The West Australian, 16 November 2012

Huntington Festival

If British violinist Anthony Marwood and his duo partner Aleksandar Madar were exhausted after their national recital tour with Musica Viva, they showed no signs of fatigue; rather they were responsible, both separately and together, for some of the highlights of the festival. Anthony led the ANAM strings in Peteris Vasks’ profoundly moving Violin Concerto Distant Light, with its austere yet luminous counterpoint and three haunting cadenzas, in which the soloist’s pristine intonation and breathtaking musicality seemed at once superhuman and deeply human. For me, this was the most stirring, unforgettable moment of the festival. Yes, that means tears.”
Melissa Lesnie, Limelight Magazine, 27 November 2012