Yuri Bashmet brings a dark, full sound to the Viola Concerto. He is in no hurry, and often seems lost in private musings, in the opening and in the slow movement. His playing is often brilliant and muscular in the outer movements, and he dispatches the moto perpetuo semiquavers of the finale with panache, but through it all there is a sense of steady inevitability, with Boulez in magisterial collaboration.
Tim Homfray, The Strad (Harrow, UK) / 01. January 2009
. . . Bashmet's playing is the smoothest, richest of them all . . . soloist and orchestra open up for a stupendous finale, filled with folk colors, yet dynamic and explosive . . . Bartók and Boulez form a great team.
James H. North, Fanfare (Tenafly, NJ) / 01. July 2009