Pamela Hickman’s Concert Critique Blog (2008)

The evening?s concert began with W.A.Mozart?s (1756-1791) Violin Concerto in G Major, KV 216.Composed in Salzburg in 1775, the work is in three movements. Soloist was Marek Dumicz, the orchestra?s concertmaster, with a string sextet playing the orchestral parts. The opening Allegro movement was fresh-sounding, with much interaction between the players. The cadenza was expressive and personal without being showy. The Adagio movement was given a personal, rich reading. Here, the cadenza was well paced and thought-provoking. The Rondeau:Allegro was joyful but measured, Dumicz? phrases were finely shaped and melodic subjects nicely contrasted. The work ended with a touch of Mozartean humility. [read more]

The Sunday Times, Classical: New Releases: Haydn, Bacewicz, Dvorak: String Quartets (2006)

The leader, Marek Dumicz, rises to the challenges Haydn presented to his own quartet?s first violinist in the lovely slow movement. [read more]