Virtuoso violinist Nadia Salerno-Sonnenberg led the 19-piece New Century Chamber Orchestra into the College of Saint Rose’s Massry Center in Albany earlier this month, delivering a performance of compositions by Rossini, Barber, Bolcom, Mendelssohn and Buarque that were brimming over with intensity and passion.
B.A. Nilsson’s review at Metroland
Joseph Dalton’s review at The Times Union
Excerpt from Geraldine Freeman’s review at The Daily Gazette: “As a soloist, Salerno-Sonnenberg is a force to be reckoned with: Intense, passionate, and focused, she has a matchless technique of such clarity that every note seems to have a life of its own. As a concertmistress, she invigorated her players for always more, and they responded. She also has humor and style: each player sported something red (Salerno-Sonnenberg wore red shoes). They began with Rossini’s early effort: his Sonata No. 1 in G Major from a set of six sonatas written when he was 12. They played the three movements with a light bow, good pitch, strong accents, good balances and a lot of buoyant spirit. Barber’s Adagio for Strings, which they recorded in 2010, is usually performed as an intimate invocation that borders on a sigh. The piece builds to a climax before it settles and dies away — but not with Salerno-Sonnenberg at the helm. Passion ruled the day.”
Photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk