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The Strad Concert Review: Francesca dePasquale (violin) Meng-Chieh Liu (piano) National Sawdust 6 April 2016
Biology doesn't fully explain dePasquale's admirable programming instincts, opening this recital (which launched her debut recording) with the challenging Chaconne from Bach's Second Partita. She was neither too flashy nor too fast, and her phrasing was immaculate and discreet, inviting the audience to contemplate the past in a cutting-edge, 21st-century room.

DePasquale plays her late father's violin (made in 1968 by Sergio Peresson)...its sound lent richness and a serious air to Schumann's Intermezzo from the F-A-E Sonata and her brilliant finale, Bartók's Rhapsody no. 1. Two high points came in the middle. The first was Messiaen's Thème et Variations, given a heroic reading with delectable intonation. The second was Paola Prestini's virtousic Oceanic Fantasy (violin and electronics), written for dePasquale.
The Strad
Album Review | The Wholenote
DePasquale has a beautiful tone and impressive technique. There’s a lovely reading of the Bach Partita No.2 in D Minor for Solo Violin, and a really strong extended melodic line in Messiaen’s Thème et Variations. Paola Prestini’s very effective Oceanic Fantasy for Solo Violin and Electronics, a 2015 commission from dePasquale, incorporates field recordings of southern Italian songs, although the work is almost entirely for violin alone, with Bach-like arpeggios and double-stopping and strong melody lines. The remaining works are the brief Schumann Intermezzo from the F.A.E. Sonata, Bartók’s Rhapsody No.1 and a simply gorgeous performance of Marietta’s Lied from Korngold’s opera Die Tote Stadt; there is a video of the recording session of the latter, along with audio samples of all the tracks on the CD, on dePasquale’s website. It’s well worth a visit.
The Wholenote
Album Review | America Oggi
Listen to her "Partita No. 2" by J.S. Bach, at the opening of her Cd, and you know right away whom you're dealing with: this is why Francesca de Pasquale is Itzhak Perlman's protégé. Her technique is quite remarkable, very elegant; and she captures your soul immediately. A superb "virtuosa", Francesca penetrates very deeply in the music she reads for you. Belonging to a family of violinists and cellists, Francesca's sound is sincere and quite absorbing at the same time. A great pleasure is also listening her playing the other pages of this beautiful album (from Messiaen to Schumann, from Bartók to Korngold), but a special note deserves the "Oceanic Fantasy" by Paola Prestini, very surprising and moving with those Italian folk songs recorded on the field you can ear in the back ground.

Translation provided by Franco Borrelli.
America Oggi
Francesca dePasquale: Sincerity, intensity, with individual voice
Francesca dePasquale's Philadelphia Chamber Music Society recital debut Sunday afternoon was fascinating for all the things it wasn't, and, ultimately, for declaring all the things she isn't.

It was a wise move. Each piece, plucked from her recent CD, cast a light on a spectrum of strong qualities. Bach was most revealing, as Bach always is. The "Chaconne" from the Violin Partita in D Minor was respectably mature for a 26-year-old, nuanced in thoughtful ways, with well-developed character differentiation in each section. That dePasquale can seem emotionally exposed with no loss of security is a great gift.
Philadelphia Inquirer
Violinist Evokes Nature in Ethereal Concert
Violinist Francesca dePasquale returned to the stage of the WCR Center for the Arts Friday night for a concert, presented by the Friends of Chamber Music of Reading. Coming from a family of distinguished musicians...dePasquale could be expected to be talented. But dePasquale is much more than that; she is a stunning artist with her very own individual style, taste, and sound.

When she stepped out to open her concert with J.S. Bach's "Ciaccona" from the Partita no. 2 in D minor, unaccompanied, from the first powerful attacks and subsequent full, glorious sound, the audience could tell they were in for an exciting ride. Her robust lower range and very sweet upper range sometimes produced the illusion of a duet during an enthralling performance of this great work, which was like a dramatic monologue throughout most of its length. Contemplation, praise, nobility, even some anger were projected through her acute bow work, which seemed to cut straight to the bone.
Reading Eagle
Shostakovich at Juilliard
A month ago in this space I raved about a November 15th Juilliard Orchestra concert and urged readers not to miss the following Monday’s concert (11/25) of early Shostakovich works conducted by Vladimir Jurowski: selections from the composer’s film score to The New Babylon (1929), a suite from music for a 1931 variety show, Hypothetically Murdered, and the teenage composer’s First Symphony, which was unusually clear and cogent in Tully Hall’s tight acoustic.

A quick scan of orchestral personnel revealed this to be an entirely different, and equally musical, group of players. The concertmaster, Francesca Rose dePasquale (a Master of Music student from the great family of strings that played in the Philadelphia Orchestra and Boston Symphony), was scintillating in her many solos throughout. A distinguished career will undoubtedly be hers.
Musical America
Santa Cruz Symphony - Transcendence!
The best was yet to come. Out on stage came the lovely young violinist, Francesca dePasquale, to perform the Bruch G Minor Violin Concerto. Her biographical information in the printed program described the usual competitions and early appearances with orchestras that are found in the bios of so many young violinists. We also learned that she is a master’s degree candidate at the Juilliard School studying with Itzhak Perlman. But when she touched her bow to strings in her opening solo, we heard the sound of a mature artist fully formed at a young age and equal to any challenge. Magnificent intonation, even in harmonics and octaves, gorgeous control of dynamics and a big gutsy sound that soared at times and whispered at others completely won us over. Her lovely shaping of melodies in the slow movement was creamy smooth and utterly natural. The climax of the movement gave me goose bumps. The last movement was a knockout and earned her a prolonged standing ovation.
Peninsula Reviews
New KCET Series 'Open Call' Showcases Vibrant SoCal Arts Community
Beginning March 1, 2012 at 9 p.m., The Colburn School Conservatory of Music helps kick off the initiative with a series of four, orchestral performances filmed at the Ambassador Auditorium in Pasadena, Calif. including celebrated works: Dvorak's violin concerto featuring Francesca de Pasquale, the 2010 winner of the prestigious Irving M. Klein String Competition.
KCET Press Room
OVERNIGHT REVIEW: The Colburn Orchestra opens season at Ambassador Auditorium
Prior to intermission, 20-year-old Francesca dePasquale, a senior in the Bachelor of Music program at The Colburn Conservatory, delivered a polished reading of Dvorak's Violin Concerto. She played the middle-movement theme with great sweetness and danced her way impressively through the final movement's lighter moments. The winner of last year's Irving M. Klein String Competition in San Francisco, dePasquale (who is serving this year as one of the orchestra's concertmasters) is clearly a talent to watch in the future.
Pasadena Star-News/San Gabriel Valley, Tribune/Whittier Daily News
dePasquale Wins Klein Award
Violinist Francesca dePasquale won first prize at the 25th annual Irving M. Klein International String Competition during the weekend finals at San Francisco State University. The Colburn School of Music student from Philadelphia, 20, earned the Marvin T. Tepperman Memorial Award, which includes $14,000 and performances with the Peninsula and Santa Cruz symphonies, Chamber Music Tulsa, and Music and the Vineyards, among others.
San Francisco Classical Voice
Violinist takes top prize in Klein competition
Francesca de Pasquale, a 20-year-old Philadelphia violinist, won first prize Sunday in the 25th annual Irving M. Klein International String Competition at San Francisco State University, besting seven other violinists, violists and cellists. The prize, worth nearly $15,000 in cash and concert fees, includes solo appearances with the Peninsula and Santa Cruz symphonies, and recitals with Chamber Music Tulsa and Music in the Vineyards in the Napa Valley.

Read more: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2010/06/15/DD1H1DV5FV.DTL#ixzz1lwCTnVob
San Francisco Chronicle
Notes on the Arts
Violinist Francesca de Pasquale, 20, has won the 25th annual Irving M. Klein International String Competition at San Francisco State University.
Philadelphia Inquirer
Colburn School's Heifetz Studio Links Past to Future
Strings Magazine article on the Heifetz Studio, featuring Robert Lipsett and Francesca dePasquale
Strings Magazine
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