Reviews

Reviews

Villa Musica Project, Germany

The highlight of the evening, however, was the Mendelssohn Piano Trio in D minor, Op.49. Pianist Wu Qian would certainly have convinced the composer through her expressive virtuosity. Sitkovetsky’s violin playing shone with nobility, clarity and depth of expression.

Die Rheinpfalz – 7th June

Brahms Violin Concerto at the Bodensee Festival

So it was not only Alexander Sitkovetsky’s virtuoso playing that was unusual, but also the apparent ease with which he mastered it, leaving only the audience in astonishment. Full of life energy, the soloist and the orchestra had a fiery third movement, Sitkovetsky jumped rhytmically over the strings, looked up in triumph, nothing about the well-known concert seemed worn, everything seemed young and fresh.

Schwabische Zeitung – 2nd June

Playing with great passion, he gave an outstanding performance of the Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 77 by Brahms.

Sitkovetsky’s rendition of the extensive first movement, ‘Allegro non troppo’, was powerful and dramatic with contrasting passages of supreme lyricism. His playing was so expressive with exquisite pianissimos in the high register. His technique was masterful and he treated us to a dazzling display of virtuosity in the Joachim cadenza.

Throughout the concerto the orchestra were first-class. A glorious oboe solo, accompanied by warm woodwind and horns, introduced a beautiful ‘Adagio’. Sitkovetsky’s lyrical playing, tender, poetic and glowing with warmth, was captivating.

Based on Hungarian gypsy music, the exciting and joyful finale, ‘Allegro giocoso, ma non troppo vivace’, was full of exuberance and vigour. Sitkovetsy’s virtuosic rendition, performed with great energy and zest, was absolutely thrilling – the audience could hardly wait to applaud.

Newbury Weekly News – 11 May 2019

Duo Concert with Maxim Rysanov in Las Palmas, Spain

The Russian violinist Alexander Sitkovetski and the Ukrainian viola Maxim Rysanov embroidered at the highest level a program of duos as rare as seducer. The beautiful sound of the two instruments, the identity of the style, the fluency of the dialogue, the virtuosity to the top, the accuracy of reflections and the sensitivity of the authentic musicians were present in one of the great concerts of the season, if not the best.

La Provincia – 3rd April 2019

Bach Chaconne at the Contrasto Festival

“This is an artist on his way up and after that enormous achievement we are right in noticing this name. Well, 15 minutes of instrumental masterpiece was performed shiny, nuanced and extremely musical with concentrated inner communication. Impressive, captivating and beautiful!”

Harstad Tidende – 26th April 2019

 

Duo Concert with Maxim Rysanov in Las Palmas, Spain

The Russian violinist Alexander Sitkovetski and the Ukrainian viola Maxim Rysanov embroidered at the highest level a program of duos as rare as seducer. The beautiful sound of the two instruments, the identity of the style, the fluency of the dialogue, the virtuosity to the top, the accuracy of reflections and the sensitivity of the authentic musicians were present in one of the great concerts of the season, if not the best.

La Provincia – 3rd April 2019

Bach Chaconne at the Contrasto Festival

“This is an artist on his way up and after that enormous achievement we are right in noticing this name. Well, 15 minutes of instrumental masterpiece was performed shiny, nuanced and extremely musical with concentrated inner communication. Impressive, captivating and beautiful!”

Harstad Tidende – 26th April 2019

 

Sitkovetsky was at his best in the faster passages, producing plenty of attack and retaining perfect control and articulation. The harmonics in the cadenza were exceptional, as was the acceleration towards the end of the movement and then the fast, light touch phrases in the finale. Sitkovetsky treated us to all the grace and spaciousness that I could have wished for.

Bachtrack – 1 March 2017

The most beautiful moments happened in the slow movement, in which the Russian (Alexander Sitkovetsky) seemed to make time stand still without over-stretching it. Together with the effervescent woodwinds he allowed (the music) to radiate with brilliance. It was music, that was almost on a higher plane.

Mitteldeutsche Zeitung – October 2018

Mendelssohn Violin Concerto with the Vienna Tonkünstler Orchestra

Violinist Alexander Sitkovetsky, like his accompanists, displayed an admirable technical facility and to this he added an incredibly clear sound blessed with a lovely silky sheen.

Once more like the Tonkünstler, Sitkovetsky’s power and projection were striking – I don’t think I’ve ever heard the harmonics in the first movement cadenza ring so loud, full and true.

Seen & Heard – March 2017

Sitkovetsky harks back to an older tradition of violin playing not often heard these days.

Washington Post – December 2016

Alexander Sitkovetsky soloist made an unimpeachable case for the full concerto’s integrity. He handled the solo part with dashing brilliance as well as warmth. It’s always impressive to see a soloist who is really involved in the orchestral role as well his own – an earnest musician committed to the total work he was performing.

Isthmus – 2016

An incredible performance of Brahms C minor piano quartet closed the programme; the instruments kept a perfect balance with all artists notching up the volume at the right moments to bring alive Brahms’ oscillating piece.

Papiruszportal.hu – October 2015

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