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Joseph Magil
American Record Guide, May 2015

…Armstrong is quite individual in style and interpretation. It is clear that he is a thinking-person’s violinist. He doesn’t try to dazzle, even though he has a dazzling technique. He plays the composer’s phrases like an intelligent actor speaking his lines. © 2015 American Record Guide Read complete review on American Record Guide



Robert H. Levi
Positive Feedback Online, May 2015

Armstrong is a young and dynamic artist, exactly fitting the rising stars captured by the Yarlung label. With a varied repertoire of Bartók, Bach, and Korngold, I was floored by the diversity and sensitivity of this superb artist. Truly a budding Heifetz stylistically, and with the sweetest violin I have heard in years, Nigel Armstrong is an artist to follow closely. The Bartók is solidly played. The difficult Bach is gorgeously rendered. The Korngold Concerto, conducted by great Sir Neville Marriner, is exceptional and captivating. © 2015 Positive Feedback Online Read complete review




Mel Martin
Audiophile Audition, December 2014

This CD of three concert works performed by the 21-year-old prodigy Nigel Armstrong is a passionate musical and sonic surprise.

The performances in all the works are impassioned and brilliant. More remarkable, all three recordings are live to tape, so no editing. These were each one take performances with nothing fixed. It’s rare to do this, and speaks volumes about the musicianship from Armstrong and Sir Neville Marriner and the Colburn Orchestra.

When you marry this superb performance with an excellent orchestra and Sir Neville Marriner, and season it with a demonstration quality recording, there is not much else to ask for. Recommended! © 2014 Audiophile Audition Read complete review



Infodad.com, November 2014

Armstrong plays [the Korngold Violin Concerto]…straight, neither accentuating nor bypassing its film-derived elements, and the result is a performance that is lush, lyrical and something of a stylistic throwback—the music is quite effective…On the chamber-music side of things, Bartók’s 1944 Sonata for Solo Violin…Armstrong shows that he can certainly handle the virtuoso requirements… In totality, this is a CD whose focus on Armstrong is well-justified by the sensitivity and skill that the violinist brings to chamber and orchestral repertoire alike. © 2014 Infodad.com



Joseph Newsome
Voix des Arts, November 2014

Choosing…[the works] for this disc…Mr. Armstrong made decisions that qualify him as an uncommonly versatile musician and provide the listener with an unexpectedly challenging initiation into the enchanting sphere of a fantastic young violinist’s artistry.

Mr. Armstrong leaves no doubt about the validity of his credentials as a musician, but the foremost joy of this disc is the inception of a recording career for an artist whose heart, soul, and intellect are as engaged by his playing as his fingers. In the performances on this disc, he reveals himself to be an ingenious artist with much of value to say through music. © 2014 Voix des Arts Read complete review





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