Yuri Kalnits and Michael Csanyi-Wills prove uber-sensitive to Weinberg’s harmonic push-pull, and Kalnits’s performance of the Sonata No 1 for Violin Solo (1964) rolls with the technical punches like a true heavyweight: especially intriguing is the central Allegretto movement, where disembodied pizzicato, scampering melodic cells and march rhythms chase each other’s tales, and I like the way Kalnits resists any temptation to smooth off these structural disjoints, accepting that this material is irreconcilable. The Fourth Violin Sonata opens with unaccompanied piano, the distinction between foreground and background freakishly distorted, the harmony dropped into alien terrain midway. The Sonatina was one for The Party but is stuffed with peekaboo ambiguities.
Philip Clark, Gramophone
"Yuri Kalnits takes the music's not inconsiderable difficulties in his stride, sustaining his characteristically velvety sound at all dynamic levels, and gently cushioning Weinberg's more explosive outbursts with a cantabile richness that avoids any hint of modernistic brashness. This pays special dividends in the Solo Sonata's finale, whose double-stopped flutterings and headlong, moto perpetuo invincibility Kalnits throws off with virtuoso panache."
Julian Haylock, The Strad
"Violinist Yuri Kalnits and pianist Michael Csanyi-Wills immediately establish their deep understanding and perception of this music's substance and character, and deliver an interpretation that pulls us deeply into the music's emotional landscape."
Jean-Yves Duperron, Classical Music Sentinel
" A fascinating and first class combination of composition and performance."
Musicians Union Magazine review of Weinberg CD
"Virtuosity that knew no age...a sophisticated mastery of his instrument”
Palos Verdes Peninsula News, USA
“Yuri Kalnits is a young Russian violinist who […] played with unrivalled skill, musicianship, panache and bravura.”
„Ahoy“ Magazin, Hong Kong
I consider Yuri an enormous talent, endowed with great facility, a warm temperament and personality, imagination and a sense of colour and performance. He is a born virtuoso.
Professor Yfrah Neaman OBE, FGSM
“It was a delight to hear Bax played so well”
“Tzigane” by Ravel was handled flamboyantly”
Frome Festival Review Martin Lovell
“Violinist Yuri Kalnits solo interludes were superlative[...]A distinguished performance”
Autumn in Malvern Festival - Malvern Gazette Jill Hopkins