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Guy Weatherall
Classical Music, September 2019

BEETHOVEN, L. van / MENDELSSOHN, Felix: Violin Concertos (Znaider, Chailly) (NTSC) ACC-20345
BEETHOVEN, L. van / MENDELSSOHN, Felix: Violin Concertos (Znaider, Chailly) (Blu-ray, Full-HD) ACC-10345

Znaider’s sweet, richly-coloured tone and painstaking commitment to these two much-played works shines through every bar, and with gorgeous, burnished accompaniment from the Gewandhaus players, this comfortably eclipses his earlier Israeli CD recording (RCA). Beautifully filmed and recorded at two sets of concerts, each encored with a tantalising Bach sarabande, this is as classy as it is inspiring. © 2019 Classical Music

Jerry Dubins
Fanfare, July 2016

…Znaider once again takes on the Beethoven and Mendelssohn Concertos, this time with Riccardo Chailly and the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, and I have to say that at least when it comes to the Beethoven this may well be the greatest performance of it on record ever.

Znaider is a beautiful player; …He is poised on stage, stands in place without bobbing or weaving, appears unperturbed even in the most technically taxing passages, makes no extraneous noises with his bow, and plays with Olympian authority and Apollonian repose—all of which suit the Beethoven Concerto to perfection. …Chailly may just be the most ideal concerto podium partner of all time. There is such unanimity between conductor, soloist, and orchestra, it’s unbelievable. …the coordination is absolutely perfect, and it’s no fluke because it happens every time.

Znaider’s reading of the Beethoven is lofty and rapt; it’s a spellbinding performance that holds you in its thrall.

Absolutely top recommendation. © 2016 Fanfare Read complete review

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