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Zeitung, May 13th 2005
the internationally reknowned violinist Vesselin Paraschkevov
played Bach, Ysaye and Bartók. His audience was enraptured
by his technical brilliance and the great sweep of his playing…
Münchner Merkur, May 12th 2005
the sheer virtuosity of the Bulgarian star-violinist Vesselin
Siegener Zeitung, May 6th 2003
Paraschkevov – an aristocrat amongs violinists.
Westfaelische Rundschau, March 23rd 2003
Paraschkevov played with enormous intensity ... such interpretation
gives the impression of misic being composed as one listens.
Neue Ruhr Zeitung, May 1st 2000
song in praise of the art of violin playing. Vesselin Paraschkevov
enthralled us … an acoustic feast for both - ears and
soul. Seldom does one hear music so pulsing with energy and
yet so tightly organized; so quintessential. From work to
work and from movement to movement this performer immersed
his listeners in new worlds of sound. … His impressionistic
feel for sound, his broad palette of tone colour were quite
WAZ Westdeutsche Allgemeine Zeitung, April 29th 2000
evening of great violin playing … Vesselin Paraschkevov
belongs to that species of artist who offers his talent wholly
to the service of music. Superficial virtuosity is as foreign
to his nature as is experimentation with the latest interpretation
fads. His handling of the violin is completely controlled
and yet he maintains the inner freedom to allow the music
to unfold as an experience. He masters his instrument from
within. For all its clarity, his tone is round and warm…
Westdeutsche Zeitung, December 2nd 1999
... the main work of the concert was Tschaikowsky’s
concerto for violin. Some members of the large audience may,
initially, have found the interpretation less than typically
“Russian”; but they were rewarded by Paraschkevov’s
freedom from all soloist mannerisms, which rendered the whole,
ultimately, the more impressive. Paraschkevov met the technical
demands of this piece with incredible sureness and facility.
In the finale he took Tschaikowsky at his word: “Allegro
vivacissimo”! However, it was not only the virtuosic
passages which convinced; with his sweet timbre, the violinist
presented the “Canzonetta” - without undue melancholy
- as an oasis of calm between the outer movements.
Westdeutsche Zeitung, February 13th 1996
... the exceptionally gifted Bulgarian Vesselin Paraschkevov,
no less, had been engaged to play all of J.S.Bach’s
partitas and sonatas for solo violin. During a performance
which lasted almost three hours, Paraschkevov played, with
seeming ease, these works which once counted as the most difficult
ever written for the violin; an accomplishment which by far
trancended the purely technical; the artist rendered the frequent
many-voiced passages as though a mixed choir were singing.
The Guarnieri violin “sang” so mervellously; the
Immanuel church (Wuppertal-Barmen) seemed to resonate in sympathy;
the sounds stood like sculptures in the vast space. …A
standing ovation and chorus of foot-stamping and bravos greeted
this prodigious feat of artistry, memory and physical stamina.
Koelner Stadt-Anzeiger, October 2nd 1995
Vesselin Paraschkevov attempted no clever effects, but rather
to illuminate the modernity of Sibelius’ score. This
Bulgarian, who counts as one of the leading violinists, played
the solo part of this huge rhapsody with great verve: fresh
and straightforward, with largesse yet elegant, demonstrating
breathtaking vitality and stupendous technical perfection,
his radiant tone always sensitively shaped.
Norte, Monterrey, Mexico, 2005 by Alejandro Fernández,
If you didn’t attend Thursday’s concert of the
OSUANL Symphony Orchestra, drop everything and rush to the
San Pedro Auditorium - today you can attend the repetition
of one of the best concerts of the year.
of the great violinists of our time, Vesselin Paraschkevov
is appearing for the fourth time with the Symphony Orchestra.
On Thursday evening he gave an exemplary and passionate rendition
of Max Bruch’s G minor violin concerto. The sound he
drew from his 1710 Guarnieri violin was a constant delight
to the ear. The first two movements were a veritable lesson
in musical phrasing, highlighted by an impeccable technique.
In the finale the Bulgarian musician demonstrated a virtuoso
intensity of the first order; a dazzling momentum which was
maintained until the very last notes of the encore: the second
movement of Bartok’s sonata for solo violin.
Sofia, 2002 (bulgarian)
El Norte, Monterrey, Mexico, 2001 by the music correspondent
Dan velada excepcional: 1
An Exceptional Evening
The appearance of the Bulgarian violinist Vesselin Paraschkevov
must count as one of the most notable of this season, indeed
of many a season.
His brief biography, as included in the programme, which declares
Paraschkevov to be one of the most outstanding violinists
of our time, in no way exaggerates: he played the extremely
difficult second violin concerto of Karol Szymanowski –
its debut performance in Monterrey. Paraschkevov’s virtuosity
and remarkably beautiful tone was appreciated by audience
and orchestra alike, members of the latter applauding enthusiastically,
the string players tapping their stands with their bows. Paraschkevov
proved himself a master of masters!
viva, 2000 (bulgarian)