Mark Volkert (Credit: SFS)
- Joshua Kosman, Chron ("wonderful new opus...boasts a wealth of ingenious surprises")
- Richard Scheinin, Mercury-News (an extremely positive review, but difficult to excerpt)
- Jeff Dunn, SFCV ("two ear-grabbing themes, energized passage work, and a satisfying, rock-solid structure")
- John Marcher, A Beast in a Jungle ("engaging, accessible, yet challenging")
- Calimac ("shrieking and screeching;" "sounds like warmed-over modernist crap")
No link, but Janos Gereben told me in email that he was delighted by the piece, and mentioned Bartokian moments. A friend is making me a tape from the eventual broadcast, and I'm looking forward to hearing it. I do not expect to wind up in Calimac's camp.
For the record, since two writers got this wrong, Mark Volkert is one of two Assistant Concertmasters of SFS; the other is Jeremy Constant. Nadya Tichman is the Associate Concertmaster (and was Acting Concertmaster for several years before Concertmaster Alexander Barantschik was hired). I have heard each of these violinists in the first chair and they are all terrific. You can read all about the first violin section on the SFS web site.