Review: Seattle Symphony’s “Baroque and Wine” with triple-threat Dmitry Sinkovsky

Posted on: May 12, 2016

“It’s downright startling to have a conductor whose program includes his own solos on both violin and voice,” writes Melinda Bargreen in Sunday’s (5/8) Seattle Times. “That’s what a wildly enthusiastic audience for the Seattle Symphony’s ‘Baroque and Wine’ series heard on Friday evening when conductor/soloist Dmitry Sinkovsky arrived in Benaroya Hall. First, it must be said that Sinkovsky did not play the violin and sing at the same time… [In] two violin concertos of Vivaldi, three countertenor arias (one by Albinoni, two by Handel) and two works [by Corelli and Locatelli] for orchestra without soloist … Sinkovsky galvanized the audience with his expressive violin as he moved about the stage…. In the countertenor solos, he made only the most minimal conducting gestures…. With a strong lead from [violinist] Elisa Barston, and an equally prominent voice in [cellist] Meeka Quan-DiLorenzo, the 20-piece orchestra sailed through the program…. There was an ovation for every piece, complete with shouts and whistles…. Encores … included excerpts from Vivaldi’s ‘The Four Seasons’ and Handel’s ‘Rodelinda,’ and then some Telemann.”

Posted May 12, 2016