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The Romantic Violin Concerto 21 - Bruch

The Romantic Violin Concerto 21 - Bruch


Bruch:

Violin Concerto No. 2 in D minor, Op. 44

Konzertstück, Op. 84

In Memoriam, Op. 65

Adagio appassionato Op. 57


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The ‘justly celebrated’ Jack Liebeck (as described by The Strad) follows in the footsteps of Heifetz and Perlman in championing Bruch’s now neglected Violin Concerto No 2, originally written for Sarasate. Three shorter concertante works for violin and orchestra complete the album (Bruch thought the Adagio appassionato one of his best works) which marks volume 21 in our highly regarded Romantic Violin Concerto series.

“as Jack Liebeck’s nicely restrained performance shows, [Bruch's Second Violin Concerto is] a piece that’s perfectly capable of standing on its own musical feet. His fine-grained playing gets exemplary support from Martyn Brabbins and the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, who never overdo the menace that underlies the first movement especially” The Guardian, 23rd December 2016 ****

“Liebeck is certainly equal to all the challenges, moving from impeccable double-stopping one moment to the sweetest, most ardent of tones in some of the more impassioned passages.” Presto Classical, 23rd December 2016

“There’s much to admire in Jack Liebeck’s patrician account of Bruch’s D Minor Violin Concerto. His playing is virtually flawless in its technical ease, scintillating articulateness and purity of tone.” Gramophone Magazine, January 2017

“Throughout the Second Concerto, with its unforgettable soaring opening, Liebeck combines a beguiling silvery sound with tantalising interpretative restraint, free of heart-on-the-sleeve rhetoric…rarely has Bruch’s melodic genius been sounded with such chaste sweetness as here, ideally complimented by Liebeck’s captivating narrow-fast vibrato” BBC Music Magazine, January 2017 ****

“Impressive performances of the Concerto and of the ‘lesser’ pieces.” MusicWeb International, 1st February 2017

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The Romantic Violin Concerto 19 - Bruch

The Romantic Violin Concerto 19 - Bruch


Bruch:

Serenade in A minor for Violin and Orchestra, Op. 75

Romance in A minor for violin & orchestra, Op. 42

Violin Concerto No. 1 in G minor, Op. 26


Max Bruch’s Violin Concerto No 1 is the daddy—the most popular ever written. Much recorded, Jack Liebeck turns in a dazzling performance of youthful vigour, prefacing the Concerto with the gorgeous Serenade and a Romance.

“what Liebeck seems to be saying is that Bruch needs no additional sweeteners. His playing is unpretentious and strikingly introspective, resulting in an Adagio of quiet dignity. And even if the first movement doesn't quite match the grandeur of Julia Fischer's or the sweaty passion of Vadim Gluzman's, it stands out for its poise and clarity.” Gramophone Magazine, January 2016

“Liebeck is a red-blooded, eloquent advocate throughout.” The Guardian, 21st January 2016 ***

“Liebeck certainly has the technioque and the temperament...Brabbins doesn't let the music sit down in the first movement [of the Concerto], which has energy and direction from all concerned...[Liebeck] doesn't wear his heart on his sleeve, letting the music speak for itself, but I can't helping feeling that the orchestra carries the main emotional burden.” BBC Music Magazine, January 2016 ***

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The Romantic Violin Concerto 17 - Bruch

The Romantic Violin Concerto 17 - Bruch


Bruch:

Violin Concerto No. 3 in D minor, Op. 58

Scottish Fantasy, Op. 46


Award-winning violinist Jack Liebeck brings his impassioned tones, fulsome emotional display and formidable technique to the first of three albums of music by Max Bruch.

This programme presents one of Bruch’s most popular pieces for violin and orchestra, the Scottish Fantasy, alongside one of his least known, the Violin Concerto No 3 in D minor, Op 58. Anyone hearing Jack Liebeck’s performance may well wonder why this concerto has languished in the lumber room for so long—it has never been heard at the BBC Proms, for example. It was written for Joseph Joachim who gave the premiere in Düsseldorf and subsequently played the concerto in Hamburg, Berlin, Frankfurt, Strasbourg, Breslau, Leipzig, Cologne and London (for the Philharmonic Society).

The Scottish Fantasy in E flat major, Op 46 (or more correctly ‘Fantasia for the violin with orchestra and harp, freely using Scottish folk melodies’), was written in Berlin during the winter of 1879–80 for Sarasate and reflected the Spaniard’s more colourful personality. Although Bruch never visited Scotland, he was typical of German Romantics in having a fascination with the picture of the country painted by such writers as Walter Scott. For the Scottish Fantasy he drew on James Johnson’s voluminous folk-song collection The Scots Musical Museum.

“Jack Liebeck and conductor Martyn Brabbins work hard to make the music come alive. Liebeck’s playing is consistently fresh and his phrasing always imaginative” The Guardian, 23rd October 2014 ***

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Kreisler: Violin Music

Kreisler: Violin Music


Kreisler:

Praeludium and Allegro (in the style of Pugnani)

Syncopation

Schön Rosmarin

Liebesfreud

Liebesleid

Polichinelle, serenade

Tambourin Chinois, Op. 3

Melodie (after Gluck)

Toy Soldiers' March

La Chasse (The Hunt) in the style of Jean-Baptiste Cartier

Caprice Viennois, Op. 2

Allegretto (in the style of Boccherini)

Danse Espagnole (after Falla)

Mazurka in E minor (after Dvorak)

Miniature violin march

Recitative & Scherzo Caprice, Op. 6

Tartini:

Violin Sonata in G minor 'Devil's Trill'

arr. Kreisler


Jack Liebeck (violin) & Katya Apekisheva (piano)

Hyperion is delighted to welcome award-winning violinist Jack Liebeck to the label, together with his frequent collaborator, Katya Apekisheva.

Liebeck presents a selection of music by ‘revolutionary player and the epitome of the Viennese violinist’, Fritz Kreisler. Some of Kreisler’s works have a dubious genesis. He programmed his own pieces in recitals; but in about 1905 he started passing some off as works by composers of the past, even writing a ‘Vivaldi’ concerto. He continued this practice. In 1934 he instructed his American publisher, Carl Fischer, to list his so-called ‘Classical Manuscripts’ as his own compositions in the 1935 catalogue; but this change was pre-empted when the New York Times critic, Olin Downes, was asked to give a lecture-recital with Yehudi Menuhin and started investigating the origins of the Praeludium and Allegro. Kreisler admitted it was his own work and his deception made front-page news worldwide. The Praeludium and Allegro (Classical Manuscript No 5, attributed to Gaetano Pugnani) is Kreisler’s finest achievement. When playing it at the Paris Opéra in 1923, Kreisler saw Vincent d’Indy wag a finger at him from the front row and thought he had been found out. Afterwards d’Indy told him: ‘Pugnani would not have played the Allegro in that tempo.’

This selection includes Kreisler’s absurdly virtuosic arrangement of ‘The Devil’s Trill’ by Tartini: Kreisler’s edition, incorporating a realization of the figured bass as well as fingerings and phrasings, provides a fearsome cadenza involving triple- and quadruple-stopping as well as two- and three-note trills.

Read Presto's complete review of this disc here.

“An hour in the company of Messrs. Liebeck and Kreisler is very definitely time well spent, and it struck me as I listened that in a sense the relationship between Liebeck’s playing and Kreisler’s interpretations is a nice reflection of that between Kreisler and his ‘Old Masters’: underpinned by an obvious affection and understanding of the earlier style, yet always infused with freshness and individuality.” Katherine Cooper, Presto Classical, 31st March 2014

“these are so refreshingly bright and zestful they feel like new pieces...perhaps the most impressive performance in the entire collection is the conquering of Kreisler's adaptation of Tartini's Devil's Trill sonata, which surrenders completely to Liebeck and Katya Apekisheva's formidable technique.” The Observer, 17th April 2014 ****

“Liebeck is a fine player - no doubt about that - with a firm tone and rock-solid technique. The 1785 'Ex-Wilhelmj' Guadagnini he plays fills St George's, Bristol, with commanding ease...Apekisheva is an alert and most sensitive accompanist, sticking to her partner like a limpet.” Gramophone Magazine, May 2014

“In contrast to the concert-hall projection of Perlman, Liebeck plays these timeless miniatures with a salonesque intimacy and glowing cantabile to rival even the composer.” BBC Music Magazine, August 2014 *****

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31st March 2014

Early Music

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Michael Morpurgo: The Mozart Question

Michael Morpurgo: The Mozart Question

Recorded on 18 March 2012 at Abbey Road Studios, London.


Michael Morpurgo (author/narrator), Alison Reid (narrator) & Jack Liebeck (violin)

London Philharmonic Orchestra, Nicholas Collon (conductor) & Simon Reade (director)

Children’s author Michael Morpurgo narrates his book The Mozart Question, an eloquent and ultimately uplifting story charting a small boy’s discovery of his love for the violin, and of his parents’ traumatic past in a concentration camp during the Second World War. This CD weaves together the book’s narration with musical extracts to bring the story alive, featuring pieces by Beethoven, Vivaldi, Bach and Mozart performed by the London Philharmonic Orchestra.

The musical extracts interpersed with the narration include movements from Beethoven’s Violin Concerto, Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons, Mozart’s Eine kleine Nachtmusik, and Messiaen’s Quartet for the End of Time.

Nicholas Collon conducts the London Philharmonic Orchestra with violin soloist Jack Liebeck.

Michael Morpurgo is one of Britain’s best-loved children’s authors. He has written more than 100 books and has won the Smarties Prize, the Whitbread Award, and most recently the Blue Peter Book Award for Private Peaceful. He is also the author of War Horse, which has been made into a Tony Award-winning Broadway play and a Golden Globe-nominated film. Michael was Writer in Residence at The Savoy Hotel from January to March 2007, and previously he was Children’s Laureate from 2003–2005, a role that took him across Britain to inspire a love of reading in children.

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Jane Eyre (2011 version)

Jane Eyre (2011 version)

Original Motion Picture Soundtrack


Marianelli:

Jane Eyre


featuring Jack Liebeck (violin)

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Prospero’s Isle - Chamber Music by James Francis Brown

Prospero’s Isle - Chamber Music by James Francis Brown


Brown, J F:

Piano Quartet

Tamás András (violin), Sarah-Jane Bradley (viola), Gemma Rosefield (cello), Katya Apekisheva (piano)

Violin Sonata

Jack Liebeck (violin), Katya Apekisheva (piano)

Prospero’s Isle

Gemma Rosefield (cello), Nicola Eimer (piano)

String Trio

Jack Liebeck (violin), Sarah-Jane Bradley (viola), Gemma Rosefield (cello)


James Francis Brown has established a reputation as a composer of exciting, visionary and emotionally rewarding music. His Piano Quartet has become a popular addition to the repertoire - as testified by the Birmingham Post review: “Hushed, close-harmony string passages danced and fizzed, while climaxes broke with torrential force and gleaming string-tone. The great sweep up to Brown's sonorous finish was superbly paced and delivered with breathtaking verve. Enthusiastic applause greeted what would prove to be the high point of the evening.” The Shakespeare-inspired Prospero’s Isle, described as ‘lyrically suave’ by Paul Driver in The Times and a ‘unique voice [with] a grand elegiac quality’ by The Strad, forms the dramatic centre piece of this CD – qualities which are equally abundant in the Violin Sonata and the String Trio. This recording reflects the composer’s close association with some of today’s most talented and celebrated artists on the international scene - most of whom presented the premieres of these works: Katya Apekisheva, Gemma Rosefield, Nicola Eimer, Tamás András, Sarah-Jane Bradley and Classical Brit Award winner Jack Liebeck, deliver stunning performances in music which makes many emotional and technical demands. This is a tour de force of contemporary virtuosity and lyrical intensity.

“the performance could not be bettered in terms of overall commitment, and the disc is enhanced by admirably realistic sound as well as by Brown's pithy annotations. Pleasurable as well as enriching music that deserves a wide audience.” International Record Review, March 2011

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Schubert: Octet in F major, D803

Schubert: Octet in F major, D803


The Fibonacci Sequence: Jack Liebeck (violin), Helen Paterson (violin), Yuko Inoue (viola), Benjamin Hughes (cello), Duncan McTier (double bass), Julian Farrell (clarinet), Stephen Stirling (horn), Richard Skinner (bassoon)

‘dazzingly good chamber ensemble’ The Times

'...no praise can be too high for the Fibonacci Sequence's polished and dashingly committed performances...' Gramophone

One of Britain’s most foremost chamber ensembles, The Fibonacci Sequence perform the sublime masterpiece, The Octet in F by Franz Schubert.

Written as a commission and modelled on Beethoven’s Septet, Schubert’s Octet in F takes the form of a largescale divertimento – a piece to be listened to as recreation, not too demanding, not too serious. Composed in March 1824, it is the largest in scale of Schubert’s chamber works with scoring for clarinet, bassoon, horn, two violins, viola, cello and double bass.

Schubert’s gift for melody and for brilliant yet delicate decoration shines on this disc, highlighted by the voice of the solo violin as it traverses the myriad moods of this sublime masterpiece with the clarinet and fellow members of this distinguished ensemble.

“This recording...in wonderfully natural sound, with the instruments exceptionally well balanced. The playing is relaxed, seemingly taking the view that is virtually music to eat to...this disc makes ideal easy listening” BBC Music Magazine, February 2011 ****

“The Fibonacci Sequence want you to know Schubert's Octet is as inventive as the best of his work...Disc of the year material, I'd say. The Fibonaccis sound like they're having a ball.” Classic FM Magazine, March 2011 *****

“Allegros are taken at a properly lively tempo, and I enjoyed the propulsive double-bass playing of Duncan McTier...There is pleasant, understated horn playing from Stephen Stirling” International Record Review, January 2011

“The ever adaptable Fibonacci Sequence – ensemble in residence at Kingston School of Music – here led by Jack Liebeck, savour the six movements in a beautifully balanced recording that bowls along with affectionate sweetness.” The Independent on Sunday, 20th March 2011

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Brahms: Violin Sonatas Nos. 1-3 (complete)

Brahms: Violin Sonatas Nos. 1-3 (complete)


Jack Liebeck (violin), Katya Apekisheva (piano)

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Dvorak: Violin Concerto, Sonata & Sonatina

Dvorak: Violin Concerto, Sonata & Sonatina


Dvorak:

Violin Concerto in A minor, Op. 53

Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Garry Walker

Violin Sonata in F major, Op. 57 (B 106)

Katya Apekisheva (piano)

Sonatina for violin and piano in G major, Op. 100

Katya Apekisheva (piano)


Jack Liebeck (violin)

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