by Bodwyn Wook
“…in the summer of 2004 she debuted at the Salzburg Festival. Following a guest appearance with the Munich Philharmonic Orchestra, DIE ZEIT was enthusiastic, reporting Skride’s Tchaikovsky performance with the words: ‘Then a girl enters the hall, walking as if on waves and plays so reflectively and refined, so analytically and forcefully, that all wild things in this arena are tamed.'”
You can hear for yourselves a little bit of Bach’s Partita No 2 in D minor played by Baiba Skride, here:
Skride’s 1725 instrument is perhaps a darker sounding violin say knowledgeable critics and with more tonal depth than most Stradivari, even making allowances for the defects of digital sound. That’s part of the story of Baiba Skride, born in 1981 in Riga, Latvia, then under Soviet domination, and who won the 2001 Queen Elizabeth music competition….
Baiba Skride’s discography may be reviewed, and selections heard, at this Sony Music website:
[Bodwyn Wook all text-rights reserved 26 April 2009]