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Jens F. Laurson, October 2016

Out of a world filled with the sounds of Mahler and Alban Berg, Widmann created a violin concerto so consonant, so appealing, so much heart over brain, it doesn’t seem to fit into contemporary European classical music scene. It fits into the line of fine modern violin concertos from Sibelius, Berg, Britten, Martinů No. 2, to Weinberg and beyond.

Clearly the main ingredient, the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra (conducted by Daniel Harding), …offers two couplings in Antiphon and Sirens’ Island, two fine Widmann compositions for orchestra: the latter an abstract but enchanting noise-painting, the former a cacophonous fanfare of woodwind and brass eruptions. © 2016 Read complete review

Roger Knox
The WholeNote, February 2014

Orchestral works by contemporary German composer Jörg Widmann…receive fine readings here. Widmann is a virtuoso clarinetist who understands the orchestra’s newer sonic resources and has a performer’s sense of the dramatic. © 2014 The WholeNote Read complete review

Terry Blain
BBC Music Magazine, December 2013

Widmann’s Violin Concerto will appeal to those who like Berg’s. Tetzlaff’s performance is outstanding. Antiphon experiments explosively with stark juxtapositions, while Insel der Sirenen is hauntingly diaphanous. An impressive collection. © 2013 BBC Music Magazine

Joshua Kosman
San Francisco Chronicle, September 2013

Vast, edgy and full of beautiful surprises, Jörg Widmann’s 2007 Violin Concerto is a creative tour de force of style and form. In this forceful and often brilliant performance by violinist Christian Tetzlaff and the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra under conductor Daniel Harding, Widmann’s work has all the momentum and flair of an ancient epic. What keeps the listener engaged throughout is the extraordinary verve of Widmann’s harmonic and melodic language, which fuses sharp dissonance and the most rhapsodic tonal lyricism into a single inextricable weave. © 2013 San Francisco Chronicle Read complete review

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