Scotland inspires symphonic treat
Tribune Review, Mark Kanny, October 26th, 2013
Bruch Scottish Fantasy
Music lovers have a special treat this weekend with Nikolaj Znaider on the podium and Noah Bendix-Balgley as violin soloist with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra.
Natural musicality shone in three German romantic classics, achieving a rightness that is rare. The first half of the concert on Friday night in Heinz Hall was devoted to music inspired by Scotland, both its natural beauty and its lore…
Bendix-Balgley made the most of Max Bruch’s “Scottish Fantasy” in showing off his recently acquired 1732 Carlo Bergonzi violin, including the instrument’s timbral dimensions.
It was a performance entirely in tune with what we have come to expect from the young concertmaster, above all a singing style of communicative sincerity and spontaneity. His exemplary technique included hitting his high notes without fudging with vibrato — obviously preferable and surprisingly rare.