Japanese-born violinist Ayako Yonetani's album entitled My Favourites is not an extremely far-reaching example of the violin repertoire. In fact, it draws from the music of only two composers: Bruch and Bach. Bruch's G minor concerto is certainly one of the less technically and musically demanding concertos in the literature; as such, listeners may expect a dazzling, riveting interpretation on an album like this. Yonetani completely misses this mark. The first two movements are extremely ponderous in tempo and emotionally flat. The third movement finds Yonetani struggling not only musically, but technically as well; the movement is filled with out-of-tune, crunched chords. Little help is offered by the Slovak State Philharmonic of Kosice, whose playing is equally laborious and dull. Next on the program is Bach's First Partita for Solo Violin, as well as the Chaconne from the Second Partita. Although the sound quality changes rather abruptly from the concerto to the First Partita (and then again before the Chaconne), little else does. Yonetani's playing remains rigid and metronomic. Technical aspects of her playing are nowhere near the level where such unemotional playing might be excused. With so many superior recordings of these works available on the market, there's really no reason for listeners to choose this one.
AllMusic Review by Mike D. Brownell
|Violin Concerto No.1 in G minor, Op. 26|
|Partita for solo violin No. 1 in B minor, BWV 1002|
|Partita for solo violin No. 2 in D minor, BWV 1004|