Reviews

“...impressive recital... Zhislin produces a dark sound that is appropriate to the heroics of Strauss's youthful outpouring... I enjoyed the performance immensely... the Vocalise is a soothing encore, with Zhislin duetting with himself on violin and viola as a resume of the whole CD.” 
- The Strad, May 2006

“Here in his own arrangement (of the Rachmaninov's Vocalise), Yuri Zhislin duets with himself on the violin and viola, which is overdubbed when playing unison, in a tour de force of recording and performing techniques. Zhislin’s arrangement, which is in effect a trio, is a highly successful and satisfying composition.”

“... Yuri Zhislin on violin/viola and pianist George-Emmanuel Lazaridis perform ......with a committed intensity and a spring-like freshness. The playing from Zhislin and Lazaridis is refined and affectionate, achieving an impressive blend of tone colours. In the Strauss sonata I especially enjoyed their direct and ebullient playing in the contrasting moods of the concluding movement. The viola and piano arrangement of the Rachmaninov Cello Sonata is given a characterful interpretation and I was particularly impressed with their sensitivity in the andante and their controlled power in the finale. In the impressively performed Vocalise the silvery tones of the violin and the velvety timbre of the viola are highly appealing.”

“An excellently performed release of highly attractive romantic chamber works. With clear sound and balance throughout, this collection deserves a warm welcome.”
- Michael Cookson, Music Web – International, April 2006

.”...a unique performance...”
- The Tver Life, Russia, November 2005

“...effortless virtuosity, impeccable intonation and warmly hued tone.... a really fine performance.”
- The Strad, November 2004

“The performance of Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto by Yuri Zhislin at St John's, Smith Square, on 25 June proved to be one of the Seasons most exciting and satisfying. The Russian violinist demonstrated his complete mastery of his instrument; rising to the challenges of the demanding first movement with powerfully structured playing of great tonal intensity. After a meltingly beautiful Canzonetta his stirring virtuosic account of the Allegro vivacissimo brought the Concerto to a resounding climax.”
- Musical Opinion, July 2004

"Zhislin played the Elgar Concerto with passion.... This is a violinist with great sensitivity, inner warmth and love for music."
- Lublin Courier, Poland,September 2003

 

"Yuri Zhislin's playing was full of warmth and entrancing stylistic verity that helped coax the dramatic contrasts of the Finale, where a highly charged climax exploded into the auditorium."

- Musical Opinion, February 2003

"...Zhislin's performance of the Piazzolla's Four Seasons sounded as if he has  spent all his life in Argentina."

- El Comercio, Spain, August 2002

"Zhislin is a virtuoso with a lyrical talent and a truly Romantic temperament."
- The Strad, September 2001

 

"...Zhislin launched straight into the great Chaconne from Bach's Partita....this was a performance of strength....,the arching phrases played with confidence and insight."
- Dundee Courier, Scotland, February 1998

 

“... the Prokofiev veered between harsh darkness and ebullience .... his playing was astute.”
- Seattle Post Intelligencer, July 1996

"“Most of the audience went away remembering Zhislin's dazzling performance.”
- Portsmouth News, July 1995