Carolin Widmann | Ravinia Festival | Classical | Chicago Reader

Carolin Widmann All Ages Recommended Soundboard Image

When: Tue., June 16, 8 p.m. 2015

German violinist Carolin Widmann knocked me out a couple years ago on a Frankfurt Symphony Radio Orchestra recording of Morton Feldman’s remarkable Violin and Orchestra (ECM). Her masterfully pitched playing displays the razor-sharp purity and nuanced touch imperative when translating a masterwork distinguished by the subtlest of details. That piece led me to her recently reissued solo debut, Reflections (Profil), where her dazzling recital erases any cognitive dissonance that might exist between the more traditional work of Eugéne Ysaÿe, for example, and the modern works of Pierre Boulez, Salvatore Sciarrino, or her clarinet-playing composer brother Jörg Widmann. Her connection to the violin seems preternatural, displaying a fragility that perpetually seems on the edge of disintegrating but instead evokes the most delicate of murmurs (mostly abstract, often biting). The program for this evening’s solo concert is similarly broad—included are Bernd Alois Zimmermann’s austere and demanding Sonata for Solo Violin, Bach’s Partita no. 2 in D Minor, Bartok’s mournful Sonata for Solo Violin, and the U.S. premiere of Pascal Dusapin’s “In Vivo.” —Peter Margasak

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