“Hace muy poco descubrí esta maravilla...dos extraordinarios instrumentalistas que uniendo su talento logran...algo genial.”
“Un disco revelador de la maestría de los jóvenes intérpretes que lo firman: Tomas Cotik y Tao Lin.”
“This is an excellent recital. I enjoy the Piazzolla Tango Etudes more as played by Cotik than by anyone else. ”
“I was immediately impressed by their virtuosity and also their understanding of Piazzolla’s music. I was anxious to see them perform in person”
“Cotik and the orchestra provided impressive advocacy for a multifaceted work that deserves to be heard more often. Cotik seamlessly handled the frequent changes in mood and adroitly traversed the work’s myriad technical challenges while always keeping the focus on the music.”
“The Piazzolla album is not just Cotik as brilliant interpreter, but also as creative mind.”
“I find the Cotik and Lin performances most interesting and the sound on their disc is excellent”
“Evocative concert of Jewish classical music”
“absolutely impeccable, with intonation in the centre of every note, and his left hand flying around the fingerboard with remarkable agility”
“Cotik and Tao Lin have…honored not only their professions as musicians, but the memory and work of Franz Schubert”
“brilliant Argentinean violinist”
“exceptional...Piazzolla can be played differently than this, but provably not better.”
“this is clearly a team to watch. I am sure we will be hearing good things from them in the future”
“un violinista excelente... que recoge una forma rigurosa, natural y fuera de lo común de entender e interpretar la música”
“true treasure...one of the latest gems to emerge from the season”
“A neglected stash of unrecorded Schubert”
“intelligent and sensitive...glories in...colorations and shared emphasis”
“a treat from start to finish”
“Cotik vanta un violinismo costantemente brillante e un colore di suono caldo e avvolgente”
“excellent violin playing...extremely enjoyable interpretations of music that I love”
“clarity and tonal opulence rare in recordings of violin music”
“Un disco ideal”
“una nueva forma de mirar, entender y percibir la música de diferentes épocas”
“The BBC Music team’s current favourites”
“excellent style, which is not frequently found”
“an excellent violinist”
“outstanding from the very beginning”
““Legacy” es, sin dudas, un álbum para emocionarse y escuchar continuamente. Excelencia pura. Imprescindible!”
“their lofty musicianship dwarfs their profound scholarship”
“Everyone who plays these works should hear these exemplary performances...you will never hear these Telemann Fantasias played so well ”
“I marvel at the technical skill which effortlessly encompasses these deeply contrasting styles....a technical as well as expressive master stroke”
“conviction, commitment, diplomacy, and character”
“One imagines the Nuevo tango master would be as captivated as any listener by such exquisite performances.”
“conviction, commitment, diplomacy and character”
“The technical qualities of the recording - which is on the NAXOS label, by the way - are excellent.”
“Overall, these two discs featuring Cotik must be regarded as among the finest performances for their consistent artistry and idiomatic grasp”
“a first-rate set of these of Mozart sonatas”
“Supersonic Award winner. Tomas Cotik’s Piazzolla is carnal, passionate and nowhere easy-going. Together with his group he has produced a riveting CD.”
“short this is a great recording if you value warmth and sweetness in Mendelssohn. Here, though, nothing is forced, and, as I say, the world seems a better place.”
“wonderful album…impressive for the elegance and sensitivity of the interpretations”
“None of these pieces has ever sounded quite like this before....Cotik handles it beautifully, with tremendous clarity of line and evenness of tone”
“I highly commend Mr. Cotik for his innovative interpretations and I hope many future audiences will experience his musical excellence”
“laudable level of technical accuracy…tenderness and warmth”
“this is one of the great Piazzolla discs, and in perfect sound quality, I urge you to buy it.”
“My first chamber choice for the year. ”
“unusual depth and broad compass...absolutely brilliant... unmistakable vitality...optimally recorded”
“Cotik phrases this music with such feeling, making you wonder if it could possibly sound better in any other performance.”
“None of these pieces has ever sounded quite like this before.”
“ There are so many delightful details to savour that one hardly knows where to begin...a most rewarding Mozart cycle”
“I’ve had a listen to a few alternatives…including Isaac Stern with Daniel Baremboim and Lydia Mordkovitch, but this duo pretty much ticks all the boxes”
“bemerkenswert, kunstvolle und expressive Interpretationen...auf hohem Niveau und den jeweiligen Stilen perfekt angepasst”
“a musician who prepares thoroughly and has great respect for the music he performs”
“un disco la cui qualità riesce a proporre la freschezza affascinante della cultura musicale germanica come nuova, come se non si fossero mai ascoltate prima”
“violinist Tomas Cotik is always up for a new challenge”
“The joyful virtuosity and stylish musicianship that Tomas Cotik and Tao Lin brought to their superb cycle of Schubert’s violin-and-piano works for the Centaur label happily permeate their cycle of Mozart’s sonatas”
“should leave listeners almost breathless…a vibrancy and attention to detail...strong individuality and… vitality”
“un trabajo de mucha calidad, por la originalidad de los arreglos y especialmente porque se trata de un excelente instrumentista”
“Cotik makes Kreisler seem almost smarmy, Isabelle Faust almost mannered, and Julia Fischer as though she's filed down the detail”
“among the very best Piazzolla albums”
“NOMINATED FOR THE INTERNATIONAL CLASSICAL MUSIC AWARDS 2018”
“If you love the solo violin, you won't find a better recording to suit your tastes”
“Las versiones son óptimas por la compenetración estilística del dúo y la prestancia instrumental del admirable violinista”
“there is no question that this disc is, by some distance, Naxos's best Piazzolla recording ”
“Anche nell’interpretazione delle sonate di Mozart si evidenziano l’ottima cavata e la perfetta tecnica di Cotik negli staccati particolarmente brillanti.”
“recreating the visceral charge of Piazzolla’s legendary quintet concerts and recordings”
“Cotik transcends even the profoundly meditative”
“this superbly produced Schubert disc…comes warmly commended”
“Cotik Kicks Butt in Piazzolla! A wild and wonderful CD.”
“Some of the music is sultry while other works are fast, rhythmic, and ornamented to show the exquisite virtuosity of Cotik”
“an exemplary presentation of some marvelous music”
Acaba de ser publicado el último trabajo de Tomás Cotik, gran violinsta... en relación a su interpretación, Tomás ha publicado una serie de exhaustivos artículos en The Strad, detallando cada uno de los aspectos y motivaciones sobre esta su última producción.
No es mi intención trasladar todo lo que en ellos nos descubre, que es muchísimo...pero sí voy a entresacar con algunas citas, ideas clave de sobre su trabajo.
Entre medias de las citas podréis disfrutar de videos con algunas de las piezas de este disco: unas interpretaciones enormemente cuidadas, sutiles y rigurosas de las que son, probablemente la obra cumbre para violín solo en toda la historia.
In his first essay of the complete solo sonatas and partitas of J.S. Bach, Tomás Cotik approaches the daunting task with his customary verve and keeness of articulation. Cotik favors quick, lively tempi in the fast moments throughout the sonatas and partitas, and he applies them consistently in order to give his interpretations an atractive verve... it has a whirlwind intensity...Though he takes appropriately slow, deliberate tempi in such movements as the Grave of Sonata No. 2 and the very affecting Largo of Sonata No. 3, Cotik opts for remarkably quick tempi in most of the faster movements in all six works. His total time for the entire album of sonatas and partitas clocks in at a very quick 118:33 Compare this with 145:41 for Mark Kaplan (Bridge) to get an idea of just how brisk...His pacing is right on the money in the famous Chaconne in Partita No. 3, where the moment of repose that occurs just past the midpoint (5:41 in this account) never fails to raise goose bumps in this listener... In Partita No. 3, all of the musical forms following the Prelude ... were of dance origin and are given a real feeling of intimacy in this particular performance...As a final heads-up: Tomás Cotik is the sort of persistent artist who will be continually engaged with these six Himalayas of the violinist‟s art all his career. So don‟t expect these readings to be his last word on the subject!
Phil‟s Classical Reviews
I know that I know nothing: Tomás Cotik concludes his series on Bach
How I interpret Bach: This week Tomas Cotik focuses on Classification.
How I interpret Bach: This week he focuses on Traditions and Musical Lineage, ‘Interpretation’ and Performance Environment.
...Cotik is able to create delicate nuanced and full sounds for the slower movements and a tighter, brisker response for the faster passage work.
Cotik’s virtuosity shines with an almost breathless unfolding of the musical materials that traverse the range of the instrument. Tone and pitch are also spot on in these often breathless renditions. It makes those calmer, restrained moments even more stark by comparison.... There is beautiful subtlety in the sound and phrasing...Shaping some of these lines is another important facet in communicating the music’s power and Cotik manages this quite well with excellent rhythmic emphasis coupled with a fine sense of overall line...Cotik brings out these pointed dance rhythms very well here. The contrasts between these fast and slow dance extremes is brought out equally well...the performance have an air of authenticity to them that also help ease the listener into this fascinating sound world where one instrument can seem to still manage to infer harmonies, cross rhythms, and intriguing counterpoint...The sound helps provide an equally warm ambience that aids Cotik’s performance without blurring it with echoes or delays. Instead, it provides us a perfect seat with this music front and center. One can hear for themselves how the use of the Baroque bow changes the articulations and strength of tone that Cotik coaxes from his instrument... the bottom line is that Bach’s music really does shine here with both its moments of beauty and fascinating, virtuoso demands and displays... It is really a feast for Bach lovers interested in hearing Cotik’s approach and sound ideas for the performance of this music...the performances here are worthy of repeated exploration and enjoyment.
Argentinean violinist Tomás Cotik... is not just another violinist. He is a passionate musician who always seems to get under the skin of the music he performs...Cotik plays here with a modern violin but a Baroque bow, which he finds gives him better control and flexibility in this music... there is no question but that this is the most exciting rendition of these works I’ve ever heard. Indeed, as the performance continued—about the time I reached the “Tempo de Borea” of the first partita—I had to stop playing the critic and simply marvel at this man’s energy and commitment to the music. His passion is infectious.
By playing this music with such rhythmic acuity and emotional directness, Cotik has also managed to make us hear the connections between each movement, which in turn pulls the movements together to form a cohesive musical whole... this is now my benchmark performance of these works. You’ve simply got to get them!
Lynn René Bayley
How I interpret Bach: This week Tomas Cotik focuses on Treatises Sources, Numerology and the Doctrine of Affections.
Quest’incisione, realizzata dal violinista Tomás Cotik per l’etichetta Centaur, si impone immediatamente come un’edizione di ottima qualità. Dotato di una tecnica raffinata, Cotik affronta questi capolavori del genio di Bach con profondo senso dello stile grazie ad un’attenzione al fraseggio realizzato secondo i principi peculiari del Barocco e con una visione del ritmo, non metronomica, ma tesa ad accentuare i suoni di maggiore importanza per lo sviluppo del discorso sui quali l’artista indugia sempre con finezza. La sua raffinata tecnica consente a Cotik, inoltre, di metter in evidenza le strutture polifoniche delle fughe, nelle quali il soggetto e il controsoggetto, in situazioni di doppie corde, sono sempre ben delineati, mentre la sua espressiva cavata regala momenti di intenso lirismo negli Adagi della prima e della terza sonata e nel Grave.
Interview for FBOPERA
Vincitore del primo primo al National Broadcast Competition nel 1997 e del Government of Canada Award dal 2003 al 2005, Tomás Cotik ha all’attivo una notevole produzione discografica, consistente in più di una quindicina di Cd pubblicati da importanti etichette come Gramophone, American Record Guide, Fafare, Scherzo, Downbeat e Music Web. Il suo vasto repertorio va da Schubert a Mozart, da Piazzolla a Bach del quale ha inciso recentemente per l’etichetta Centaur le Sonate e partite per violino solo. Oggi lo abbiamo incontrato per questa intervista.
How I interpret Bach. Tomás Cotik on the Pieces in Context, The Title and Editions
How I interpret Bach: Tomás Cotik on Ornaments, Trills and Appoggiaturas.
How I interpret Bach: Tomas Cotik on Tempo Rubato, Strong and Weak Measures and Notes Inégales
How I interpret Bach: Tomás Cotik on Overdotting and Rhythmic Assimilation
How I interpret Bach: Tomás Cotik on strings, intonation and vibrato
Ahead of his 2020 album release of Bach’s Sonatas and Partitas, the violinist presents a new blog series, in which he discusses the contradictions between the opposing trends and traditions in Bach interpretation, and his personal solutions to them