Brahms
Violin Concerto
Weimar group truly dazzles at foellinger

The Brahms Violin Concerto, which followed, with Ukrainian violinist Valery Sokolov as soloist, unfolded with majestic and warm-toned splendor. Sokolov’s sweet tone blended well with the orchestra’s woodwind section, and oboist Brigitte Horlitz made a strong impression with her songful opening to the second movement.
The performance went into high gear in the gypsy finale, with lively interplay between Sokolov, and the orchestra, strongly conducted by Maestro Karabits. Sokolov had shown ultimate mastery of his instrument in the first movement cadenza of the Concerto, and in his encore at the Concerto’s end, he dazzled us with violinistic tricks, so outlandish that they drew chuckles from the audience. This encore turned out to be the cadenza from Nicolò Paganini’s First Violin Concerto.

John Frayne. March 16, 2018