The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
, October 2005
Cecylia Arzewski played in the 1979 world premiere of Earl Kim's Violin Concerto, as a Boston Symphony section violinist. The soloist was Itzhak Perlman, who commissioned and later recorded it (on EMI). As ASO concertmaster, Arzewski stepped into the solo part in Symphony Hall in 2001, and now she's cut her own recording with an Irish orchestra --- and it's more convincing than Perlman's.
Kim (1920-1988) was a gentle modernist and an eclectic. The concerto brushes musical impressionism, Indonesian gamelan and gutsy, high-powered violin playing. Where Perlman's buttery tone and dominating ego jarred with the accompaniment's spare, shimmering textures, Arzewski's bright, lean sound fits within the orchestral tapestry. With solid accompaniment from Dublin's RTE National Symphony Orchestra, she plays it almost like a Baroque concerto grosso, where the solo voice steps in and out of the larger group.