Mendelssohn Violin Concerto 3rd Mov with Persimfans

Reviews

Alena Baeva, making her New York Philharmonic debut, played with assertive beauty and vibrato so quick, at times, that it seemed to disappear. With her understated legato and handsomely voiced harmonies, she made things sound easy. In guttural passages, she indicated Britten’s intentions without compromising her ability to return to lyricism.
The New York Times
(New York Philharmonic debut)
2023
A mesmerizing performance by violinist Alena Baeva and spectacular playing from the New York Philharmonic Orchestra.
New York Classical Review
(New York Philharmonic debut)
2023
Transfixing playing from Baeva, rendered with searing intensity and purity of tone.
New York Classical Review
(New York Philharmonic debut)
2023
Baeva’s performance under the direction of Minasi, which created a revolutionary new Beethoven sound with dynamic contrasts and a wonderfully free choice of tempo, was a great moment for Ensemble Resonanz.
Hamburger Abendblatt
2023
Alena Baeva does everything, using the freedom in the tempo that Minasi gives her and throwing herself into the contrasts that he demands. The spectrum of her playing ranges from angular fortissimo to the most heartfelt singing. At some points it was as if she were playing just for herself: wonderfully quiet and tender.
NDR Kultur
2023
Violinist Alena Baeva sparked storms of enthusiasm in Hamburg’s Elbphilharmonie: a breath-taking performance. Baeva is completely absorbed in her art but does not lose herself in self-expression, instead constantly maintaining dialogue with the orchestra. A brilliant soloist: you are almost afraid that the violin will catch fire! A fantastic performance that will not be forgotten.
Der Opernfreund
2023
You cannot fault Alena Baeva in her formidable interpretation of Shostakovich’s Violin Concerto No.2: dazzling technique, and appropriate colours for the composer, whose sound world demands a certain roughness in some passages and cadences.
Mirarte Cultura
2023
There are soloists who distance themselves from this somber work, but Alena Baeva's attitude towards Shostakovich’s Violin Concerto No.2 was so vital, dedicated, and warm that it maintained all its purity and all its expressiveness.
Scherzo Critíca
2023
The opportunity to listen to a work such as Shostakovich's Violin Concerto No.2 is always an important occasion and, from the first moment, it was clear that Alena Baeva was without question the correct choice of soloist. She has a powerful sound and a suitably dark tonality, and demonstrated a warm phrasing that gave superb results as a whole.
Diariode Navarra
2023
Special mention should be made of the great violinist Alena Baeva, who was faced with a work in which technical mastery must be combined with character and sensitivity. Baeva brought dazzling sparks to this individual work, imbuing every note with clarity and individual meaning.
DiarioVasco Critíca
2023
In the hands of an artist like Baeva, apparently anything sounds interesting. Her playing is mesmerizing…
Aamulehti Kulttuuri
2023
Baeva charms – sensual and lyrical…. Her technique and tone polish every note and send it out to the audience like a lustrous gem. She possesses awe-inspiring technique, and a tone that is soaring and entrancing.
BachTrack
2022
Thoroughly captivating … a showcase of commanding technique, brilliant clarity, and jam-packed with heart and soul.
BachTrack
2022
The sheer musical brilliance of Alena Baeva’s collaboration with the Orchestra of the 18th Century makes their performance essential listening.
BBC Music Magazine
2022
Utterly ravishing and full of melody, Alena Baeva immediately impressed with her tone. I can see why Järvi (among others) is a keen champion of her skills and musicianship – we shall certainly see and hear a lot more of this excellent young artist. Baeva had made her mark with great aplomb.
Seen and Heard International
2021
Baeva brings sweetness of tone, flowing hauntingly before taking off with exciting virtuosity.
BBC Music Magazine
2021
Alena Baeva is a violinist of proven musicality and impeccable intonation…. In the cadenza [of the Britten Violin Concerto], she created one of the most attractive moments in concert history. In a work full of connections, Baeva gave an entire articulatory lesson: you could not help but get carried away…
Scherzo.es
2020
Exuberant – Alena Baeva’s interpretation is impassioned and passionate, inexorably leading to a standing ovation from the audience of the RAI Auditorium. She reveals her personal imprint through an ever brilliant and light sound, accompanied by an enviable variety in vibrato and impeccable technical mastery.
L’Ape musicale
2019
The musical empathy between Baeva & Jurowski was evident, not just in tempos and moment-to-moment detail, but in the very character of the piece. There were muscularity and thrilling virtuosity aplenty, but there was also gentle, intimate playing, drawing the audience into passages with the emotional complexity of chamber music. […] In the second movement, Baeva became a delicate, distant voice, poetic and captivating. In the Finale she let rip – swaggering, heroic, and full of personality.
The Strad
2019
Fine technique and imaginative phrasing…. In the Canzonetta, her beautiful violin tone and her lovely shaping of Tchaikovsky’s song-like melodies marked her out as an outstanding player, and her account of the Finale was not only strikingly virtuosic but had a compelling quality of joyous abandon.
Seen and Heard International
2018
Everything about the performance seemed to get under the skin of this very familiar work, giving [the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto] more than a new lease of life. The first movement had poise and excitement in equal measure, with Alena Baeva demonstrating an exceptional evenness of tone across all the registers and an evident responsiveness to Vladimir Jurowski and the London Philharmonic Orchestra. The brief slow movement was given the most sensitive account, hushed and romantic in the most tasteful manner. The finale was everything you’d want it to be, thrillingly fast and technically sure footed, as well as having a true heart in the gentler passages. So, this was an undoubtedly a top-notch performance, making this masterpiece sound even more like one of the composer’s greatest works.
Bachtrack, ★★★★★
2018
Soloist Alena Baeva had a glowing tone, with which she held sensual command… she formed the sovereign centre of the enchanted world of Szymanowski.
NRC Handelsblad
Baeva was a magnetic presence, and the sound of her instrument, the fullness of tone, and her marvelously precise intonation were admirable and beautiful in and of themselves. Her strength and fire made the [Bacewicz] concerto sound like a masterpiece.
New York Classical Review
2017
Baeva can sing with the violin – a constantly fascinating sound technician, with the highest rhythmic versatility.
Badische Zeitung
2017
The same calibre as Janine Jansen – gripping musicality, warm, sensual, flawless, and accurate.
Eindhovens Dagblad
2017