Rachel Kolly, violin

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-25 NOV. 2012, published in « thepublicreviews.com » K. LK

Concerts Review Rachel Kolly d'Alba Concert at Leeds Town Hall with the BBC Philharmonic

Rachel Kolly d'Alba's performance at Leeds Town Hall with the BBC Philharmonic conducted by Simon Wright has received a number of great reviews.
Leeds Town Hall is a charming venue for a lively celebration of music. Tonight Simon Wright conducts the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra in Schumann’s Nachtlied, Bruch’s Violin Concerto No. 1, and Rachmaninov’s Vespers and The Bells.

There is a wonderful moment during Bruch’s Violin Concerto when Rachel Kolly d’Alba, the young Swiss violinist, has to put down her Stradivarius during an orchestral section. Deprived of an outlet, the tremendous energy that has become her trademark seems to infuse her whole body; she twitches impatiently, almost dancing, tossing her fiery red hair like a racehorse in the traps.

Of course, whenever she is playing, it becomes clear why Ms Kolly d’Alba has become so highly regarded for her passionate approach to the violin, and Bruch’s Concerto is a perfect fit for her style – the frenetic cadenzas of the first movement, the energy of the finale, and of course that glorious melody in the middle, are all pounced upon gleefully and executed with wonderful freshness and joy. A little less vibrato in the gentler sections would be preferable, but then vibrato is Ms Kolly d’Alba’s greatest strength and calling-card, the lady for sticks with her best feature.


But also:

“This being a Saturday night concert outside London, we also got Bruch’s G minor Violin Concerto. Flame-haired soloist Rachel Kolly d’Alba was an engaging presence, investing a potentially hackneyed work with genuine emotional depth”


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