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Svarfvar and the ever-supportive Kjekshus capture it to perfection. Impassioned one moment, reflective the next – that Svarfvar projects with particular grace. Grieg’s romantic cantabile rides on such a fluent variety of ideas that listening to all three sonatas in quick succession is pure pleasure, buoyed by Svarfvar’s fearless expression, rock-solid technique and stylistic acumen. This gifted violinist has done us – and Grieg – a big favour, and we must hear more from him.
CHIEF MUSIC CRITIC, FINANCIAL TIMES
Playing of finesse and sensitivity, providing the perfect sound world – warm, intimate, tonally ravishing.
Svarfvar creates the magical impression of activating his instrument by breathing over the strings rather than bowing in the traditional manner.
He floats Ravel’s golden inspiration with such a poetic intimacy and tantalizing quiescence as to have the listener hanging on his every phrase.
Svarfvar keeps everything perfectly in scale so that when he soars aloft rejoicingly into the opening Allegro’s recapitulation the effect is almost overwhelming.
An outstanding release."
JULIAN HAYLOCK, THE STRAD
Christian Svarfvar captures perfectly here the quiet, heartfelt nature of the Fauré First Sonata, his tone all gleaming satin, supported by rich rolling chords from Roland Pöntinen..A lovely recording!
Känsloinlevelse, delikat frasering, övertygande drive – kort sagt: en artistisk auktoritet som imponerar.
Emotional involvement, delicate phrasing, convincing drive - in short: an artistic authority that impresses.
CARL HÅKAN LARSEN
Hans svett nästan bokstavligen kommer I kontakt med publikens tårar.
Det är alldeles magnifikt
His sweat almost literally comes into contact with the audience's tears.
It is simply magnificent.
Jag kan inte tänka mig en finare ingång till denna makalösa musiktradition. 5/5 (Aprés un reve)
(Utsedd till årets bästa skiva 2016)
MARTIN NYSTRÖM, DN
Christian Svarfvar muses poetically over the opening solo of the Bruch Concerto. His dreamy approach is mesmeric, in any case. His tone gleams, and the way he tugs yearningly on the leading tones draws one in. Svarfvar´s playing radiates tenderness.
Christian Svarfvar takes on this famous violin concerto with his unpretentiously elegant, yet concentrated sensual, yet sweet violin tone.
In contrast to others, Svarfvar never drives off to the pompous, he doesn´t even get into the dripping sentimental or senselessly pleasing.
Bruch played with brilliance and clarity.
Christian Svarfvar lets his sensitive glowing tone meet the classicist ideal.
Christian Svarfvar plays with clarity and technical brilliance, doesn´t miss a note and shines through in passages where other violinists usually fail.
BBC Music Magazine
The playing is anything but routine.
Intoxicating atmosphere, delicious rubato and lovely sound
BBC MUSIC MAGAZINE
Christian Svarfvar captures perfectly here the quiet, heartfelt nature of the Fauré’s First Sonata, his tone all gleaming satin. Svelte Swedish musicianship and the civilized emotions of France
It made a big impact when first heard in 1877 and immediately established the composer as a chamber music giant. When performed so beautifully and seductively, you feel this way all the more.
I have fond memories from 1967 of Zino Francescatti and Robert
Cassadesus playing the sonata in person. Francescatti seemed to own the
piece. But gentle efforts here find everything in the music one could wish
for – and win the day in effortlessly real sound.
A lovely recording!
STEVEN KREUGER, Fanfare Magazine - America’s most serious journal devoted to recorded music.
“Musical mastership, virtuosic control and sensibility equally mastered.”