Anthony Marwood and Anthony Madžar reviewed in Adelaide Advertiser

Beethoven rings from the rafters
Elizabeth Silsbury, Adelaide Advertiser
8 November 2012

As played by musical soulmates Anthony Marwood (violin) and Aleksandar Madzar (piano), Beethoven’s mighty Kreutzer sonata alone was worth the admission cost.

No complaints though regarding the other items; Martian Snow, Gordon Kerry’s fantasy about a wintry red planet, Debussy in sombre mood for Sonata for Violin and Piano in G minor and one of the last utterances of the world’s greatest song maker, Fantasie in C major by Schubert.

Beethoven was at his most creative and most disciplined with his most famous violin sonata. Marwood’s full-blooded 1736 Carlo Bergonzi violin, robust and warm when low, became ever sweeter as it went higher. Under the masterful fingers and wrists of Madzar, the Steinway purred, roared, lamented and rejoiced. They are linked as if by radar, their unanimity eerily intuitive.

Rafter ringing as their big moments were, even more impressive were the many little ones illuminated by barely perceptible changes in tempo or lightening of mood.


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