MusicWeb Record of the Year - One of the most beloved musical works ever written, arranged with such affection and skill that the result sounds in no way inferior to the original, and performed with authority and passion. This is music of a kind that can bring tears of happiness to ones eyes. And an arrangement that should enter textbooks. --Oleg Ledeniov, Musicweb-International.com, November 2012
"Inspired by the 1981 Glenn Gould recording of Bach's Goldberg Variations Russian violinist and musical multi-talent Dmitry Sitkovetsky first transcribed Bach's masterpiece for string trio in 1984. There followed a version for string orchestra that has been performed worldwide. Sitkovetsky recently revised his Goldberg Variations. He also worked on transcriptions of Bach's 15 Sinfonias BWV 787 801... The playing is magnificent. Sitkovetsky, Zhislin und Piovano form a well-balanced trio and the instruments blend perfectly... The lush, luxurious string sound certainly opens up new dimensions for the listener..." --Wiebke Kuester, www.concerto.net
This recording, with violist Yuri Zhislin and cellist Luigi Piovano, is spellbinding and beautifully persuasive. Michael Tumelty --Michael Tumelty
Glorious. Gripping. Irresistible. Dmitry Sitkovetsky s arrangement of the Goldberg Variations for string orchestra (Nonesuch 79341-2) is one of my desert island discs. The lightness, freshness and elation of the performance by the NES Chamber Orchestra are irresistible. It all starts from the Aria: vibrant, full-voiced, very expressive yet with a certain white delicacy. The variations follow without pauses, which creates a forward-rolling feeling of agitation and delight. All the layers of the counterpoint are heard crystal clear. The slow variations are not rushed, and get all the necessary air to breathe. The great Variation 25 has a throbbing pulse: no philosophy here, but very personal sentiments. The violin s voice is beautiful, the faithful viola is always at the surface, and the cello provides a solid, affluent foundation. Often the sound has orchestral weight and fullness. The arranger applies pizzicato and other effects wisely and effectively; everything is stylish and never crosses the line of good taste. The acoustics are very spacious, the sound is palpable and the music seems clad in bright gold - a true celebration! The 15 Sinfonias are on the same level as the Goldbergs, with enthusiastic vigour, expressiveness and depth, while staying low-cholesterol. These are little polyphonic gems, and in the trio s hands all voices are heard clearly yet do not get separated in the sonic space a true ensemble effect. The music provides a rainbow of moods, and the performers colour these works differently, finding the right temperature for each. They work well together as a set. The performance is energetic yet not rushed. The slow numbers breathe and sing. Like the Goldbergs, this is music that grabs the attention; every moment is admirable. A certain melodic closeness to Bach s violin Sonatas and Partitas only confirms how natural this arrangement sounds. Again, the recording quality is excellent; the string lines appear like bright electric threads over black velvet. In both the Variations and the Sinfonias, moving from the fading piano sound to the steady string voice has a definite advantage in long notes. The music may lose the fragility and bravura of the piano sound, but instead it becomes more singing. This is good for some pieces, whose singing melodies now sound more natural. After hearing it, one may think that it was the clavier version that was the arrangement. In the booklet Sitkovetsky tells the story the arrangements. To this Calum MacDonald supplements an as usual excellent and extensive musical analysis. All in all, on this disc we meet two glorious new Bach works for string trio. I cannot imagine more gripping accounts. --Oleg Ledeniov, Musicweb-International.com, November 2012
Biographie de l'artiste
Dmitry Sitkovetsky is an artist whose creativity defies categorising. He has built up an active and successful career as a violinist, conductor, arranger, chamber musician & festival director. Sitkovetsky has performed as a soloist with a number of the world s leading orchestras including the Berlin, New York and LA Philharmonic Orchestras, Leipzig Gewandhaus, Concertgebouw Orchestra, all of the major London orchestras, NHK, Chicago, Philadelphia and Cleveland orchestras. He has performed at a number of high-profile festivals including Salzburg, Lucerne, Edinburgh, Verbier, Istanbul, Newport, Festival del Sole (Napa Valley) and the IMG Tuscan Sun Festival. In 2003, he was appointed Music Director of the Greensboro Symphony Orchestra, a position he currently holds with great success.