A few excerpts of the most enthusiastic review by Jerry Dubins, recently published in Fanfare Magazine, following the release of Vadim Gluzman's latest recording for BIS, dedicated to Brahms music, including his violin concerto recorded with the Luzern Symphony Orchestra under James Gaffigan:
As I began my listening to Vadim Gluzman's Brahms concerto, I jotted down two observations: (1) "Seems slow." (2) "Breathtakingly beautiful."
Only one of those observations turned out to be true. Gluzman's Brahms is not slow. [...] So why, I wondered, did Gluzman sound slow?
The answer to that question, I came to realize, explained my second observation of "breathtakingly beautiful." In other words, the relationship was causal; (2) was a direct result of (1).
Both Gluzman and conductor James Gaffigan give the note values their full written due.
[...] that led me to hear this reading of Brahms' violin concerto as the most radiantly and rapturously beautiful performance I've ever heard.
Gluzman seems to possess a unique talent among violinists in being able to shape and articulate phrases, and in being able to color his tone through bow pressure, fingering techniques, vibrato, and portamento in ways that make the music seem like it’s actually speaking.