News/Press

 

"I can't think of a better flag bearer than Sarah Plum who is quite brilliant here, or better performances or interpretations.  This is an important addition to the contemporary violin concerto discography" - The Whole Note Magazine

 

" Sarah surely knows how to leave the audience with a spring in their step" Steven Smoliar, SF Examiner


"Plum is a fine example of the activist performer, having commissioned nearly a dozen compositions in the last 3 years alone.  Talk about being the change you wish to see - or in this case HEAR - in the world!  Plum's playing is exemplary throughout, with a level of comfort that allows you to concentrate on the music fully....Based on her performances both works deserve to be heard and played widely.  However until the next brave soul schedules a performance we have these excellent records to enjoy"  - anearful.com


" this inward looking world is reflected in the extended violin solos, communicating deep meaning in this very well played CD - .....heady material and well made."  - a review of music for a new century on infodad.com 


"a fine sense of rhythm and excellent ensemble work.  The playing is strong, the interaction between the performers effective and the overall impression is winning.  Plum rises to this challenge as to all the others on this CD - with the result that listeners will surely look forward to the next entry in the Plum/Lovelace series of Bartok works."  infodad.com

 

"In her New York recital, Plum demonstrated her dedication to precise and thoughtful playing right from the get-go.....hypnotic and mesmerizing" - feastofmusic.com


" The performance was delivered with a compelling intensity.  Plum was entirely at ease.....creating a genuine sense of interplay.  Plum surely knows how to leave her listeners with a lilt in their step" Steven Smoliar, San Francisco Examiner

 

" Sarah Plum is an adventurous indie violinist" - New York Classical Music

 

"It really was exciting to have Sarah Plum  broadcast the Four Seasons live out of our Studio One today.  Sarah is an awesome violinist to whom the considerable demands Vivaldi places are as nothing, and an artist with genuine interpretive insight and courage.  - Barney Sherman, Iowa Public Radio

 

"On night two of the Unruly Music Festival, Sarah Plum offered an evening of contrasts. Plum was consistently stunning as they played seven works that not only demanded conventional virtuosity but also great skill in unconventional techniques....entrancing....she commanded attention from first note to last.  An impressive, virtuosic solo performance and an engaging and varied evening." - thirdcoastdigest.com 2012/10

 

"This CD is comprised of selections thoughtfully chosen and lovingly performed by Sarah Plum.  Absconditus  is a gem, each piece is precious.   Lovely plaintive and gorgeous .   it is striking.  " - American Record Guide 11/28/2011

 

Violinist Sarah Plum at the Firehouse Space, Williamsburg, Brooklyn

Sarah has dedicated her career to performing the works of living composers and establishing meaningful collaborative relationships wit them.  I talked to Sarah about Friday's concert, her career, working in Europe and other topics related to contemporary music on my web-based music show/podcast, We Are Not Beethoven on Washington Public Radio.  You can stream/download the conversation here http://www.garrettschumann.com/category/wearenotbeethoven/

 

"Corbett's music has been described as 'ascetic, yet sensual', which captures perfectly its underlying dualities and contradictions.  Rhythmically complex yet slow, his pieces unfold in expansive lines that are essentially tonal while still shunning conventional relationships between pitches.  Plum paints a  wealth of color,using conventional instrumental sounds.  Rarely, in fact, is so much made from such limitations.  violinist Sarah Plum performs these pieces with a surprising range of sounds."  - Gramophone magazine January 2012

 

Sarah Plum has long been a staunch advocate for contemporary music, and has a longstanding familiarity with Corbett's in particular.  This disc is the product of much collaboration, not least the fact that the title work was written expressly for Plum to record it.  She gives a suitably terrific account of all these pieces, with fine support from the other soloists, easily navigating the often difficult terrain with aplomb.  Corbett's music is flinty and stark, yet bewitchingly atmospheric.  It is compelling in its allusiveness, its layered complexity and its indelible aura of mystery.  - music web international

 

 

SARAH PLUM*