There are those performers who have a wonderful technical
ability, those who play instinctually and those who play so beautifully from
the heart, and then there are those like An
Vedi who encompass all of the above, and embrace the talent of being a
story teller of great skill.
On ConTempoRary Violin
you have a 17 track release that is cleverly created and crafted, the first 8
pieces are from the master Johann
Sebastian Bach, all of the parts are from the whole Partita No. 1 BWV 1002, and one of the longest that Bach
created for Violin. Vedi and her amazing skill set start the journey with a
transfixing presentation of Bach –
Allemanda and into Bach - Allemanda
Double, never has ten minutes been better spent listening to those two
tracks, the imploring and emotive narrative is completely compelling, Vedi
would also present to her audience renditions of Bach Tempo di Borea and Bach
Tempo di Borea Double, two stunning performances that literally danced
before and within me, the mirrors to the musical soul so to speak.
An Vedi and her violin are a symbiotic
partnership of sublime talent; as we approach the more modern styles within the
album, we touch on the shoulders of composers such as András Derecskei, Jan
Tamzejian, Jay Reise, Colette Mourey and of course the artist
herself. The presentation of Andrās Derecskei’s Amorf reminded me of my time with the music of Olivier Messiaen, while Vedi’s gift of Jan Tamzejians – Heyran (Imaginary Kurdish Love Song), was very
redolent of the folk music that can be heard floating through the mountains of
my home here in Cyprus.
One of my personal favourites from the album would be the
following piece, as An Vedi produces
Jay Reise - Starless Nocturne with
such an emotional hand on the bow, with elements of an ambience manifested in a
minimalistic environment, she had me from the very first note played in a quite
breath taking performance indeed.
Vedi also gifts us a textured universal overview of existence
with the classy presentation of Colette
Mourey’s - World's Theorem Mov.1
through to 4, a fascinating sequence and collection of tracks that I would
find so very easy to get lost within, and then to conclude this amazing
manifestation of classical class.
Vedi finishes with a piece that has such colour and mood,
with eastern European flavours, and a performance that will make you cry from
the sheer passion and emotional power of the presentation, it is Fantasy on Tokaver's Cranes.
ConTempoRary Violin by An Vedi is an absolute must for those who adore the tones of a
violin and wish to be taken on a musical journey that they will never want to
return from. Here is a musician, who has created a symbiotic relationship with
her instrument of choice, and Vedi’s Violin gentle weeps tears of sublime
professional beauty with each passing measure, simply put, classical violin
doesn’t get any better than this.