CLASSICA, Jacques Bonnaire

May 2020

The concept of a national school does not mean much anymore nowadays, but it is nevertheless possible with Virgil Boutellis-Taft to hear a balance between the Franco-Belgian school, with its fine and elegant art and the Russian school with its solid and rich sound. A lot of emotional intensity but also sobriety in the emotions. Especially since he seems in perfect harmony with Jac van Steen and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. This is evident from Max Bruch’s Kol Nidrei and further on in Ernest Bloch’s Nigun. La Danse macabre by Saint-Saëns … highlights the violin even more, with virtuoso spells over which our instrumentalist triumphs brilliantly …, and we close this recital that is far more than a simple carte de visite.