For his first concert as Music Director and Chief Conductor of the PKF-Prague Philharmonia, Emmanuel Villaume invites violinist Augustin Dumay to perform Mendelssohn’s Concerto.
Prague, Dvořák Hall of Rudolfinum, 4 October 2015, 7:30 pm
This double CD presents three aspects of Augustin Dumay’s musical career: as soloist, conductor and chamber musician. The three works were recorded in three different places – Warsaw (Poland), Tokyo (Japan) and Paris (France) –, like a symbol of his international career.
“… this was a masterful performance by two great artists at the summit of their technical and expressive powers. Their playing agreed in refinement and insight, and each was elevated by the magnificent generosity of the other […] a memorable recital.”
There’s no whiff of stale routine, and Dumay’s customarily stylish, raptly intense showing, to say nothing of his subtly variegated tonal palette, will enthral his many admirers. Fritz Kreisler’s cadenzas are favoured – and imperiously the Frenchman delivers them, too. […]
Dumay also impresses with the baton in a live account (from September 2010 in Tokyo’s Suntory Hall) of Beethoven’s Eighth Symphony. The performance as a whole has creditable zest, punch and rhythmic acuity. […]