Saturday, March 1, 2014 Tai Murray Replaces Vadim Repin on Violin Concerto of Andrzej Panufnik: 'Altogether a sensitive tread through some very fine tracery'

Violinist Tai Murray © Julia Wesely

Liverpool Echo
February 28, 2014
Review of Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra
By Joe Riley

Just where to begin?

The Polish composer Andrzej Panufnik (an acquired taste, but with a nevertheless committed following) began his Violin Concerto – dedicated to Yehudi Menuhin – by writing the virtuosic last movement first.

Meanwhile, the German Richard Strauss also back-filled the earlier variations in his fantasy tone poem based on Cervantes' adventures of deluded Spanish knight Don Quixote and his servant Sancho Panza.

Be that as it may, both works, featured side by side as here, emerged in the eventual and correct forward-thinking manner that gives them full purpose.

Sad, maybe, that we were denied the renowned Siberian violinist Vadim Repin's Liverpool debut because of a shoulder injury, but the last- minute substitution of American-born former BBC Young Generation artist Tai Murray, missed none of the subtlety required for the concerto's earlier gently undulating, mainly high-pitched 'singing' motifs, purposefully backed only by other strings, so as not to be overwhelming and detract from the generally dreamy timbre.

Altogether a sensitive tread through some very fine tracery of a kind perhaps too rarely heard in the usual concerto format which favours panache.

One presumes Panufnik's widow, a guest for the occasion, duly approved.

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