International Record Review, January 2014
By NIGEL SIMEONE
Bloch, Janáček, Shostakovich (Onyx 4084)
Midori is among the finest violinists of her generation, but her discography is particularly interesting. As well as the familiar warhorses, Midori’s recordings also include deeply impressive performances of sonatas by the likes of Poulenc, Strauss and Elgar and she continues her exploration of 20th century violin sonatas with this new disc for Onyx.
These three works form a highly satisfying recital….Midori is outstandingly successful in bringing out the long singing lines of Bloch’s post-impressionist writing, helped by the refined and characterful support of Özgür Aydin. It is a highly successful performance of a work that has considerable emotional range and power.
Janáček’s Violin Sonata suits Midori’s temperament extremely well. Her feeling for Janáček’s rhythms and gestures is completely natural. …Midori and Aydin are particularly successful at bringing out the moments of radiance and resolution that are such important points of arrival in this extraordinary work. Throughout, they make the most of its drama and its thrilling rhetoric.
Midori and Aydin are impressive [in Shostakovich’s Violin Sonata] combining depth of tone, stunning technique and rhythmic tension with a formidable sense of the work’s dramatic trajectory.