Recitals of a high quality are few and far between. Certain virtuoso violinists impress with their skill, but disappoint with their style or choice of repertoire. Others seduce with their elegance of tone, but lack panache or engagement. Daniel Röhn's recital excels in every sense. A student of Anna Chumachenco and grandson of Erich Röhn – solo violinist with the Berlin Philharmonic under Furtwängler – Daniel Röhn's album is absolutely dazzling from start to finish. With its skilful choice of repertoire, its sparkling virtuosity and an amazing (if slightly dramatic) temperament, he revives the tradition of his greatest forefathers.
His incisive sonority often recalls that of Heifetz, his irreproachable delivery evokes that of Szeryng, the two great violinists he most admires. His interpretation of the challenging Fantasy in C major by Schubert is one of the greatest moments of the CD: it stands out as one of the most accomplished versions ever recorded. Röhn overcomes the difficulties with impertinent ease and gives the work the true quality of a fantasy: brilliance, capriciousness and infinite sensitivity, whilst the Ukrainian pianist proves to be an eloquent and dynamic partner.
Sinding's Suite in A minor, Op.10, much loved by Heifetz, is another model of elegance and spontaneity. In the Brahms, Foster and Debussy, Daniel Röhn demonstrates maximum risk-taking and phenomenal control. His rich tones (he plays a beautiful 1617 Amati), powerful bowing and a true sense of theatre all come togther for the grand finale of this firework display: Paganini's Nel cor più non mi sento and Waxman's Carmen Fantasy. Fascinating and ….................memorable. <"
The young violinist Daniel Röhn came to the Southbank Centre's Purcell Room on April 24th with a string of impressive plaudits from some of Europe's most respected critics, and, splendidly partnered by Irina Botan, he did not disappoint. Indeed, it would be difficult to overpraise this very fine young artist, for he possesses that longed-for but rarely encountered combination of technical excellence and musical depth of perception.
Perhaps we ought not to have been surprised, for he comes from an intensely musical family – but there is no guarantee with musical genes, merely, as in this case, an explanation for the undoubtedly compelling excellence of his artistry.
From the Tartini-Kreisler Variations on a Theme of Corelli it was clear that Röhn phrasing and intonation were immaculate, and if we imagined the early Mendelssohn Sonata was an unusual choice – it is not, when all is said and done, a neglected masterpiece, but Röhn's performance, more than ably partnered, raised the level of this still unfairly regarded work considerably. Indeed, although performances of Mendelssohn's F major Sonata are infrequent, it would be difficult to imagine a better realisation of the work than we heard on this occasion.
Bach's Chaconne of course is on the highest level of musical creation. Suffice it to say that Röhn was more than adequate to its musical and technical demands – this was a masterly account. Strauss's Sonata in E flat is beloved of violinists because it is so well written for the instrument, Daniel Röhn's performance which was, in the circumstances, mightily impressive."