Reviews

“The highlight of the evening was Beethoven’s Violin Concerto with Stark playing exquisite and brilliant.” From another performance, “Stark played Beethoven’s Concerto flawlessly, beautifully and passionately”…”an excellent violinist who displayed thorough technical mastery and a persuasive sensitivity to detail.” Another wrote, “Stark exhibited the mastery of the almost inhuman gymnastics of technique (Paganini’s Concerto No. 1)…showed real soul in the lyrical sections (and) a technique that was rock-solid.”
-The Graphic, NY

“Commands extraordinary virtuosity”…“his technique was rock-solid”…”fat and juicy tone quality“…”bolstered by a thorough understanding of the music’s style.” On his return to St. Louis, “He attacked head-on Ernst’s Variations on ‘The Last Rose of Summer’…it is hard to imagine anyone handling the triple stops, double harmonics and simultaneously bowed and pizzicato passages any more accurately…he was always on pitch.”
-The St. Louis Post-Dispatch

From a performance in Denmark, “Particularly noteworthy was Stark’s gripping performance of Coble’s Soliloquy (1985) for solo violin…played with the greatest conviction and flair.”
-The Strad Magazine

From a concerto performance with the Honolulu Symphony:

“William Schuman’s  mid-century violin concerto is an intimidating work, enormously difficult, powerful,…an excellent concerto, and it displayed violinist Darel Stark’s impressive technique. (He) ripped through multiple stops and sailed through lyric passages, earning enthusiastic applause from an audience peppered with adoring students.”
-The Honolulu Advertiser

“Stark interpreted its complex rhythms with suitable intensity and seriousness. The extensive first movement trio shared by Stark, clarinet and flute was beautiful. (His) rhythmic precision and accuracy of intonation carried the day.”
-The Honolulu Star-Bulletin

Click here to read a blog about Darel’s performances of Vivaldi’s Four Seasons

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