, November 2016
If Cabeza seems at home in the brilliant scale-like passages in that first movement, she sounds equally idiomatic in the second movement’s lyrical passages. To cap a brilliant performance, she and her pianist give a bright-toned, rhythmically sprightly account of the finale, which they bring to a thundering climax.
The program’s concluding section, …begins with the composer’s Adagio in E Major, in which Cabeza draws a silvery tone from her violin in a generally serene performance, which is enhanced by an enchanting liveliness brought to the orchestra’s accompanying figures by Dirk Kaftan and the Concertino Ensemble. The Rondo in C Major receives a similar cleaning, with textures energized by both soloist and ensemble. For its exuberant performances and its clear recorded sound, Maia Cabeza’s program deserves a warm recommendation. © 2016 Fanfare Read complete review