DIRECTOR / VIOLIN

Berg Violin Concerto with Jacksonville SO, February 2018

“Marwood performed with the conviction and directness needed to pull off such a demanding work to full effect; none of the towering technical challenges of the score seemed to cause him the slightest concern, and throughout he displayed a control that colored the lines with a seemingly endless variety of light and shade.”

The Florida Times-Union, February 2018

 

Walton Violin Concerto with BBC SSO/Hyperion, July 2017

“Anthony Marwood’s unflashy individualism seems to be operating at an opposite pole to the Heifetz way, and generates memorable results of its own. While Marwood has all the virtuosity that the music demands, nothing is rushed; even with the extremes of pace and stop-start manner of the Presto capriccioso second movement, the design here hangs together quite naturally. He searches out remarkable colours, too – as in the first movement’s orchestral reprise of the main theme, where the shadowy, introspective tone he brings to its countermelody mesmerises the ear.” (Performance: four stars)

BBC Music Magazine, July 2017

 

“Dazzling, angular, muscular: Walton’s music played just as it should be… here’s a Walton Concerto with real bone and sinew. Anthony Marwood has the technique to encompass the dazzling fingerwork designed with Heifetz in mind, and his wiry vibrato and fat-free tone on the upper strings recall an older, less indulgent approach to music which isn’t all long Romantic lines and softly caressing orchestral colour… Marwood concentrates on the arresting melancholy of the opening Andante and needle-point sardonic humour of the Scherzo. His success in tying together the variation episodes of the long finale draws it within the circle of similarly ambitious concerto structures by composers as disparate as Elgar, Berg and Shostakovich … An unqualified success.”

The Strad, July 2017

 

“Anthony Marwood proves an enviably secure and articulate soloist”

 

“he and Brabbins […] generate a nourishing rapport, and their consistently absorbing performance will unquestionably give lasting pleasure.”

Gramophone, July 2017

 

Phillips Collection Recital, April 2017

“The duo created a genuine dialog between instruments, evoking mountain streams, folk song and the ebb and flow between poignancy and the acerbic so characteristic of Janacek.”

 

“The danger of playing the Beethoven sonatas on modern instruments is the tendency of the more powerful piano to overwhelm the violin. Madzar and Marwood maintained, however, a delicate balance throughout, even in the full-blooded scherzo and finale. The fine voicing of the slow movement created an aura of touching nobility and grace.”

 

“Filled with kaleidoscopic color, exhilarating tempos and the impudent sarcasm with which Prokofiev loves to veil even his most tender utterances, it was a performance as perceptive as it was brilliant.”

The Washington Post, April 2017

 

Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, June 2015

“The current state of classical music might be immeasurably improved if there were more musicians like Anthony Marwood.

…doubling in the role of conductor, he can transform the sound of an orchestra to match his own aesthetic as soloist. He moulds his accompanying players like a sculptor with putty.”

 

“From meditative stillness to demonic passion and a feathery ghostliness at its conclusion, Marwood and the ASO turned in a thoroughly mesmerising performance of this remarkable work.

One only wishes there could be more concerts like this.”

The Australian, June 2015

 

Sydney Symphony Orchestra, June 2015

“Soloist Anthony Marwood… played the solo part with empathetic intensity, capturing a sound of distinctive isolation and beauty.”

Sydney Morning Herald, June 2015

 

 

Irish Chamber Orchestra, October 2014

“The performance of Enescu’s Octet was very possibly one of the best performances that the RDS, if not the city, has seen for a considerable time.”

Golden Plec, October 2014

 

Yellow Barn Festival July 2011

“Marwood threw off a big, vibrato-rich sound and a full-throated Romantic abandon, while not neglecting some delicate refinements such as a perfectly modulated spiccato”

 

Thomas Ades Violin Concerto with the Boston Symphony Orchestra March 2011

“The work was written for violinist Anthony Marwood, who last night gave it a reading that was deft, vigorous, and coolly gleaming.”

Boston Globe

 

“Is there nothing Anthony Marwood cannot do? He plays the violin, acts, dances, and can do all at once. He directs the Irish Chamber Orchestra, plays with the Florestan Piano Trio, commissions composers, jointly runs his own festival and has a network of worldwide collaborators. To cap it all, this consummate artist is blessed with boundless energy, intellectual curiosity and creative wizardry”

BBC Music Magazine

 

“He’s a magic name in the business”

The Independent

 

“Few musicians serve their metaphorical master as convincingly as British violinist Anthony Marwood. His every endeavour seems to stem from a debt to art, a debt to music. There is nothing that gets in the way of the ultimate goal – the realisation of perfection and honesty in his craft”

Sunday Tribune, Ireland

 

“If there were rock-star equivalents in the classical music world, ace British violinist Anthony Marwood would be on the list”

The Age, Australia

 

 

Thomas Ades concerto with Chamber Orchestra of Europe/Ades/EMI, June 2010

“superb….Anthony Marwood performs astounding feats…”

Boston Globe

 

Ross Harris concerto (world premiere) with New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, May 2010

“Ross Harris’ new Violin Concerto has a strange effect on the listener, who seems to be almost drawn into its creation. It starts hesitantly, the soloist on his own playing fragmentary ideas: then the clarinet enters and his brief melody invites the other woodwind to join him. In effect, the beautifully textured concerto, hovering tantalisingly between tonality and atonality, is at last under way.

The soloist is hardly ever out of the limelight, decorating and rhapsodising on the material. Then the orchestra arrives on a hushed, seamless chord, over which the soloist reflects on its melodic ideas and draws them together. The concerto ends with the orchestra finally bowing out, leaving the soloist to return to the same fragments with which the concerto opened. “Questions finally unanswered,” writes Harris in the briefest of programme notes. It is a work that captures perfectly the essence of our time – it is also a work of extraordinary and haunting beauty.

The success of the performance owed much to the commitment and understanding British violinist Anthony Marwood brought to it. It was a performance that heightened the emotion of the solo line: there was tenderness, mystery and joy of the dance, as well as thrilling virtuosity. The orchestra under Tecwyn Evans’s baton gave enthusiastic support.”

New Zealand Listener

 

“English violinist Anthony Marwood was electrifying, teasing us with his opening, serpentine solo that fuels the work, fragment by fragment.”

New Zealand Herald

 

“a dazzling violin role, here played absolutely superbly by eminent English violinist Anthony Marwood”

Dominion Post

 

Zankel Hall, Carnegie Hall, with Thomas Ades and Steven Isserlis, March 2010

“When Mr. Marwood and Mr. Isserlis took up that theme, their sound was focused yet spectral and haunting. This refreshingly unvoluptuous take on the piece [Ravel Trio] continued in the incisive, spiky account of the macabre, scherzolike second movement and the almost medieval austerity the players brought to the subdued and inexorably slow Passacaille. While the finale had the requisite whirlwind energy, the crunchy, incisive playing never allowed the music to sound flashy.”

New York Times

 

“…an effortless technique and a beautiful, rich, varied tone that was free and flexible – his Janacek had a spoken, improvisatory quality, but also form and coherence”

Strings Magazine

 

 

Schumann Concerto with Australian Chamber Orchestra, September 2009

“In Anthony Marwood’s hands this concerto [Schumann] sounded decidedly virtuosic. Sustaining a rich, full-bodied tone and clear, focused sound, his accurate rapid-fire passagework and sensitive phrasing were particularly impressive”

The Australian

 

“Marwood’s beautifully intelligent musical conception made him an ideal exponent and champion… the musical vision was compelling”

Sydney Morning Herald

 

 

Britten concerto with London Philharmonic, conducted by Marin Alsop, 2007

“Marwood didn’t spare the angst. His playing was tough and sinewy, his tackling of the tricky passages in harmonics by no means facile. In the devilish double-stoppings and glissandi of the scherzo, he and Alsop raised the spirit of Shostakovich”

The Times