All Music Guide CD Review-Volodja Balzalorsky Live in Maribor

(Thursday, January 31, 2013)  All Music Guide

Review by James Leonard

All Music Guide CD Review-Volodja Balzalorsky Live in Maribor

Volodja Balzalorsky Live in Maribor is Volume 3 of the Volodja Balzalorsky Live Collection released by Balzalorsky‚ Cantabel Productions. Slovene-born, German-Austrian-trained, and Ljubljana-based, Balzalorsky is not only a one-man production company; he is also, according to the notes, a violinist with a polished technique and a rich, warm tone with a sensitive, intelligent, and intuitive gift for interpretation. As it turns out, all this is in fact true.

Balzalorsky may be a relentless self-promoter but he is also an intelligent artist with sweet tone and a smooth technique. In this 1989 issue from the International Chamber Music Series of Maribor, Balzalorsky’s Dvorak Sonatina is delightful and soulful, his Debussy Sonata is light and ethereal, his Paganini Cantabile is ripe and tender, and his Srebotnjak Sonata No. 1 is powerful and persuasive. With the sympathetic accompaniment of German pianist Christoph Theiler, Balzalorsky‚Äôs performances are easily in the same league as many of the better international performances of the past 20 years and well worth hearing. Cantabel’s sound is raw but honest.

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Volodja Balzalorsky from Ljubljana, Slovenia, performs internationally as a soloist, recitalist, and chamber musician.
Numerous highly praised concerts, broadcasts, CD, and TV recordings in various countries have established his reputation as an artist with a sensitive, intelligent, and intuitive gift of interpretation, a polished technique, and a rich, full tone.
Volodja is particularly active in the field of chamber music. He works with many international groups and ensembles. He has built long-term partnerships with several musicians, including pianists Christoph Theiler, Hinko Haas, Aleksandar Serdar, and Peter Caelen, percussionist Amy Lynne Barber, and his fellow members of the Amael Trio, pianist Tatjana Ognjanovic, later pianist Zoltan Peter and cellist Damir Hamidullin.

For his artistic achievements, he was awarded several international music awards:

He is Two Time Winner and Four-Time Nominee of Independent Music Awards.

Volodja is also the recipient of several further international music awards such as The Hollywood Music in Media Award, The Inland Empire Music Award, The Ontario Independent Music Award, The Canary Island Music Award, and Julij Betetto Music Award.

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