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Johann Wenzel Kalliwoda

Violin Concertinos · Overtures

Ariadne Daskalakis
Kölner Akademie
Michael Alexander Willens

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Johann Wenzel Kalliwoda Violin Concertinos, Overtures
Here we are treated to three overtures and two one-movement violin "concertinos" featuring the talented Ariadne Daskalakis, an American based at the Cologne Conservatory. The second quarter of the 19th century was all about virtuosity (Paganini and Liszt were wowing audiences), but no one would have accused Kalliwoda of selling his soul to the devil ... His music is direct and unaffected, and this is true of Daskalakis's playing as well: clean, warm, sympathetic, and exhibiting impressive technical ease. Kalliwoda's themes are in turn energetic, songful, charming, and playful, with many nice touches of color.

Benjamin Dunham, Early Music America Magazine, spring 2016


J.W. Kalliwoda - Recording of the month on Musicweb International
Ariadne Daskalakis is a rising star of the violin, and if she can play such obscure music as stirringly as she does here, I wonder what she'd do with Beethoven or Mozart. Her Biber Rosary Sonatas are a new release on BIS ... I am enthralled. These albums are re-writing music history. please see complete review)

B. Reinhart, Musicweb International, August 2015


J.W. Kalliwoda
Ariadne Daskalakis, internationally renowned American violinist with Greek heritage, is a professor for violin at the Conservatory for Music in Cologne. In a musical team with Michael Alexander Willens and the Kölner Akademie she does full tonal and artistic justice to the two Concertini, and refrains from any exaggerations which would have done the somewhat simple music more harm than good. The interpreters give the pieces loving attention, which saves the music from being associated with the stale aftertaste of "pièces d'occasion". (please see complete review in German)

D. Huchting, Klassik Heute, August 7, 2015