Credits Julia Wesely
Julian Rachlin: a triumph!Julian Rachlin received fantastic critics after his performance at the opening concert of the season of Vienna Musikverein on 11 September 2014, together with the Munich Philharmonics under the beaton of Semyon Bychkov.
"Today, he belongs to the most mesmerizing young violin virtuosos: as part of a guest performance of the Munich Philharmonic at the Vienna Musikverein, Julian Rachlin (39) performed Dmitri Shostakovich's Violin Concerto No. 1 (A minor). A triumph!
Rachlin, the St. Petersburg conductor Semyon Bychkov, and the "Münchner", were celebrated with cheers. Rachlin inspired with a powerful and energetic rendition. Technical problems are unknown to him. He contrasted clear contours and effective colliding masses of sound with fine poetic webs, in a somewhat dreamy nocturnal movement. He sensibly listens to the orchestra and plays the dialogues with great elegance, which fits perfectly with Bychkov's sound dramaturgy. (...) A lot of jubilation."
Kronen Zeitung - Sept. 13, 2014
By Karlheinz Roschitz
"Ravishing: J. Rachlin. (...) The first violin concerto by Shostakovich received not only a thrilling performance from the soloist, but also a perfect contribution from the orchestra. (...) Julian Rachlin played the A minor piece with captivating verve, a rich tone and a confident eloquence that would be nearly unsurpassable. Rachlin, artist in residence at the Gesellschaft der Musikfreunde [Musikverein] this season, thanked the audience for its thunderous applause with a Bach encore which he dedicated to Maazel."
Die Presse - September 14, 2014
By Walter Dobner
"Rachlin (...) scrubbed his way through the scherzo with energetic and powerful rebelliousness. In the solo cadenza at the end of the passacaglia he was able to take the tension from a pale grimace to a vigorous pride, while he joyfully jumped onto Shostakovich's amusement ride in the burlesque."
Der Standard – September 13/14, 2014
By Stefan Ender