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Robert Maxham
Fanfare, September 2012

Daniel Dodds’s premiere recording, mixing familiar virtuosic tours de force with contemporary quasi-experimentation, displays a wide range that still includes the literature that aficionados of violin music have come to cherish. Some of these pieces, in fact, like Bach’s Chaconne, Paganini’s 24th Caprice, and Ysaÿe’s Ballade, serve as a technical and musical foundation for violinistic art.

…Dodds plays some of the noodling passagework with the precision of an electronic keyboard, although the style ultimately always sounds violinistic. He also exerts the control required to make the work’s dynamic design an essential component of the architecture. For those willing to expand the traditional boundaries of violin music, the Sequenza and this heady performance should provide a fascinating and rewarding near-quarter-hour.

Paganini’s 24th Caprice, a touchstone of virtuosity, appears in its original form and in Nos. 1, 2, 5, 42, 18, 22, 24, 25, 45, 38, 49, and 51 from George Rochberg’s Caprice-Variations.

The program concludes with a serene performance of the last movement of Olivier Messiæn’s Quartet for the End of Time, in which pianist Tomasz Trzebiatowski joins Dodds. The recorded sound captures Dodds and his violin at a sort of respectful distance.

…it’s for the Bach, Berio, and Rochberg pieces that the disc can be most enthusiastically recommended, so listeners…should find something to admire. © 2012 Fanfare Read complete review




Elaine Fine
American Record Guide, September 2012

Daniel Dodds…is a violinist with a huge technique, matched with astounding musical intelligence and excellent taste. His reading of the Bach Chaconne is refreshing…Dodds plays the piece like a dance—the variations suggesting different sorts of motion.

Dodds embraces Berio’s quarter-tone harmonies and brings out a great deal of beauty in a piece that could…come across as dissonant chaos. He phrases it so well that its 13-minute length seems just right.

Dodds plays the Paganini Caprice without any repeats to keep it in proportion with the Variations by George Rochberg that follow it. They are inventive, whimsical, and challenging—and far-reaching in scope.

Heinrich Wilhelm Ernst’s variations on The Last Rose of Summer is one of the most difficult solo violin pieces in the literature. Ernst’s demands (combinations of fingered harmonics, left-hand pizzicato, and arpeggios all over the instrument) are simply impossible for most violinists. Dodds seems to enjoy the difficulties. He treats them lyrically and lovingly. The spectacle is so awe-inspiring that all I can do is throw my hands up in the air and smile. © 2012 American Record Guide Read complete review on American Record Guide online



Terry Robbins
The WholeNote, June 2012

Time Transcending (Oehms Classics OC 832) is the first solo recital disc of the Australian-born violinist Daniel Dodds, and it’s quite stunning. There are terrific performances of Ysaÿe’s Sonata No. 3, Ballade, and Luciano Berio’s Sequenza VIII from 1976, followed by a stunning Caprice No. 24 from the Paganini Op. 1. The American composer George Rochberg published 50 Caprice Variations on this particular piece in 1970, and 12 of them are here, played with a quite startling range of tone, colour and special effects. The Etude VI by H. W. Ernst is his famous 1864 set of variations on The Last Rose of Summer, and a work of almost ridiculous technical difficulty—but apparently not for Daniel Dodds.

The phenomenal playing continues in Swiss composer Thuring Bram’s Uhrwerk (Clockwork), written in 1976; Dodds is called on to play a dazzling array of effects—thumps, harmonics, bow scrapings, left-hand pizzicato and more—in an engrossing piece that treats the violin, in the composer’s words, as “a sophisticated percussion instrument.”

Dodds is joined by pianist Tomasz Trzebiatowski for the final track, Messiaen’s Louange a l’immortalité de Jesus, the final movement from his Quatuor pour le fin du temps. The beautifully sustained long, high melodic line brings a breathtaking CD to a serene close. © 2012 The WholeNote



My Classical Notes, May 2012

This album, called “Time Transcending” is a musical journey through the world of violin playing. It ranges from the structured order of Bach’s Chaconne, through the agitating drama of the ‘Ballade’ by Ysaye and the motifs of Berio’s “Sequenza” repeating themselves under high tension, to the ascending movement of Paganini’s famous Caprice No. 24.

I liked Mr. Dodd’s performances. His playing of the Bach Chaconne seemed assured, confident, and technically strong. © 2012 My Classical Notes Read complete review






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