Jul 6 2022 / back to news

“Gomyo was extraordinary” in her subscription debut with the New York Philharmonic – the New York Times

“The soloist, Karen Gomyo, making her Philharmonic subscription series debut, conveyed with richly warm and textured sound the ruminative quality of a lyrical line that keeps trying to take clear shape. Yet Gomyo pressed below the surface to suggest that this music was not simply sad, but truly grief-stricken.

A noble yet still dark Passacaglia slow movement leads to a vehement cadenza, and then a Burlesque finale. Here the bitter, almost hostile, ironic Shostakovich seems to come through in episodes of blaring fanfares and faux-triumphant marches. The orchestra captured it with brilliant sharpness, and Gomyo was extraordinary, dispatching the tangle of technical challenges with fervor and command.”

-Review by Anthony Tommasini, the New York Times