Alumnus Noah Bendix-Balgley receives glowing Strad review of latest CD “Voyage Musical”

Alumnus Noah Bendix-Balgley, a student of Professor Mauricio Fuks, has received a warm review of his latest CD “Voyage Musical” in Strad Magazine.

The Strad Magazine September 2012: Review of Noah’s “Voyage Musical” CD

An enjoyable collection of short 20th-century pieces 

Concertmaster of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, 28-year-old US violinist Noah Bendix-Balgley here offers a thoughtfully chosen selection of short 20th-century works, all written between the First World War and 1950. He opens with a stylish and technically fastidious performance of Stravinsky’s Suite Italienne. His feather-light dash through the Tarantella is particularly lovely, underpinned by the blissfully delicate phrasing of pianist Reiko Hozu. His rich, full-bodied tone brings a heady intensity to the fiendishly difficult double-stopped melodies of the Minuetto and Finale.

This intensity is also apparent in his passionate reading of Bloch’s Nigun,  and Hindemith’s unaccompanied Violin Sonata is beautifully shaped. The playful third-movement pizzicato trips along in dazzling style, and here the bright tone of the recording adds impressive colour and depth to the whole. It is a shame, then, that booming distortion surfaces briefly in the fourth movement, in a moment of gritty G-string rumbling-elsewhere, the recorded sound is well judged.

Schoenberg’s Phantasy bursts with character and Prokofievs Five Melodies are elegant and impassioned. The sumptuous pyrotechnics and romancing of Ravel’s Tzigane make a suitably upbeat finale to this enjoyable disc of shortish pieces, which makes me keen to hear Bendix-Balgley tackled something grander in scale.

— Catherine Nelson

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