Soloist Alena Baeva had a glowing tone, with which she held sensual command… she formed the sovereign centre of the enchanted world of Szymanowski.
Baeva was a magnetic presence, and the sound of her instrument, the fullness of tone, and her marvelously precise intonation were admirable and beautiful in and of themselves. Her strength and fire made the [Bacewicz] concerto sound like a masterpiece.
New York Classical Review
Lincoln Center debut
Baeva & Kholodenko constitute a communicative and brilliant duo, always putting virtuosity at the service of the musical work…
Baeva can sing with the violin – a constantly fascinating sound technician, with the highest rhythmic versatility.
The same calibre as Janine Jansen – gripping musicality, warm, sensual, flawless, and accurate.
Star soloist Alena Baeva, whose dark beautiful tone and intense sound colours cause the violin to sing and to soar.
Besides her striking stage presence, Baeva makes more sense of this thorny score than anyone else I can recall… approachable emotionally despite the starkness typical of late Shostakovich.
Review of Mariinsky/Gergiev DVD
Baeva’s interpretation [of the Beethoven Concerto] gave it a new, enchanting glow.
Alena Baeva, was an expressive, sparkling counterpoint…very fine interplay, with close and responsive cooperation. I have never heard this violin concerto played with such fine nuances.
Baeva is an excellent violinist and wholeheartedly embraces the complexities of Shostakovich and plays the 2nd Violin Concerto with ease and authority.