Reviews

For Marlboro Musicians, at Home or on Tour, Performance Is in the Details
“Vicki Powell spun out the mournful solo viola introduction with probing introspection...”

-Vivian Schweitzer
The New York Times
Chamber program evokes nostalgia
“I was captivated... when violist Vicki Powell, in demonstrating a chromatic scale, revealed a voluptuous tone and, unlikely as it may seem, a sequence of such shape and purpose it told a story. She's clearly a star.”

-Peter Dobrin
Philadelphia Inquirer
Family concert occasion for introduction
“Vicki Powell... is a student of Roberto Diaz at the Curtis Institute of Music, and she shares with her teacher many of the sensibilities he brought to the orchestra before stepping down as principal violist.

On this morning, in the Stamitz Viola Concerto in D Major, Powell was a fully formed artist. She has a sound that is refined, but that has no trouble projecting. She has none of the tension in her playing that many young string players bring while simply trying to get the notes down. She has them down, and she spins them out with a coolness (not to mention poise) that is remarkable at any age.”

-Peter Dobrin
Philadelphia Inquirer
Curtis Symphony and Golden Age Revisited
“A violist who can take one’s breath away, Vicki Powell is so understanding of tone.”
Notes from Philly
Classical music: The Middleton Community Orchestra opens its season with polished viola playing from Vicki Powell and infectious enthusiasm from the entire orchestra in a Dvorak symphony.
"The young but highly gifted, Madison-born violist, Vicki Powell... offered a superbly warm, rich, clearly projected tone, presented in a thoroughly professional manner— reminding us, too, how underappreciated the viola is as a solo instrument... a handsome dialogue between soloist and orchestra, realized with particularly gorgeous tone by Powell. She is a musician to watch for."

-John W. Barker
The Well-Tempered Ear
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Strauss: Capriccio, Op. 85
Schoenberg: Verklärte Nacht for String Sextet, Op. 4
Dvorak: Quintet for Strings in E flat major, Op. 97/B 180
Shostakovich: Quintet for Piano and Strings in G minor, Op. 57
Dutilleux: Quartet for Strings "Ainsi la nuit"
Schumann: Quintet for Piano and Strings in E flat major, Op. 44
Haydn: Quartet for Strings in D major, Op. 76 no 5/H 3 no 79 "Largo"
Beethoven: Quartet for Strings no 15 in A minor, Op. 132
Mendelssohn: Quartet for Strings no 6 in F minor, Op. 80


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