Svetlana Tsoneva Violin

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Recital, March 11, 2007


Christ Episcopal Church, Somers Point, NJ

Tsoneva and Varga Exceptional

By Ed Wismer, Sentinel Critic

…In the gloriously sunlit sanctuary, violinist Svetlana Tsoneva and pianist Matei Varga performed a program that spanned two centuries. Both Tsoneva, a native of Bulgaria, and Varga whose hometown is Bucharest, Romania, are attractive and impressively talented musicians who made the afternoon more than worthwhile for their audience. Tsoneva made her Carnegie Hall solo recital debut in February 2005. She had already won numerous prestigious awards. In 1999, she participated in radio show “From The Top”, which airs on WRTI-FM in Philadelphia. She has since performed throughout the United States and Europe. Tsoneva is very active as a freelance chamber musician and has appeared on stage with Herbie Hancock and Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center. In 2005, she performed in “Classical Savion,” with renowned dancer Savion Glover, playing selections from Vivaldi’s Four Seasons, the Mendelssohn Octet and Piazzola’s tangos, among others…

The two musicians definitely lived up to the accolades in their resumes. Their program began auspiciously with two movements of the Mozart “Sonata for Violin and Piano,” KV 301, No. 1. The Allegro con Spirito and Allegro were played with vivacity and perfect coordination between the two artists, as though they had played together for a lifetime. They were obviously enjoying their work. They brought the same musicianship to the 19th century chromatic composition of César Franck when they performed “Sonata in A Major for Violin and Piano” with the dramatic intensity and passion usually reserved for the Belgian composer’s larger and better known works. Tsoneva and Varga earned an early standing Ovation…

The audience’s enthusiasm was encouraging and inspiring to the performers. This was readily apparent when the pair launched into their final number, which was a Scherzo, or musical joke, by Brahms. The melodic and jolly composition was played with the humor and vitality that it demanded. Tsoneva gave Brahms’ demanding music a superb reading.