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Vadim Gluzman has enraptured listeners on several BIS discs, including his acclaimed double-bill of Tchaikovsky’s and Glazunov’s violin concertos. Strad Magazine remarked Gluzman’s ‘honeyed tone’ recreating ‘that innate Russian musicality of a previous generation...’ On the present disc Vadim Gluzman performs works for violin and orchestra composed in the three years following the end of World War II, by two composers whose fates were very different. Exiled from his native Austria, Erich Korngold became a celebrated composer of film music in Hollywood – and in his Violin Concerto in D major reused a number of themes from different films. Balys Dvarionas, is even today barely known outside his native Lithuania, even though his Violin Concerto in B minor was taken up by the legendary David Oistrakh. But the two men are united in their music’s heartfelt and unabashed romanticism – a romanticism which Vadim Gluzman is perfectly placed to convey.
Erich Wolfgang Korngold: Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 35
I. Moderato nobile
II. Romanze: Andante
III. Finale: Allegro assai vivace
Balys Dvarionas: Prie ezerelio (By the Lake)
Prie ezerelio (By the Lake)
Balys Dvarionas: Violin Concerto in B minor
I. Andante semplice - Allegro strepitoso
II. Andante molto sostenuto
“Gluzman produces a ravishing sound throughout the range, plays the slow movement [of the Korngold] with radiant sensitivity and lights up the finale with a series of scintillating pyrotechnical displays...if you adore, say, the Khachaturian Concerto [Dvarionas] is well worth investigating.”
“[Gluzman] offers a hearty, full-blooded romantic tone of exceptional beauty, but is also wonderfully sensitive to colour and shadow...Järvi and the Residentie Orchestra are sympathetic companions and deliver sweeping idioms with panache.”
“If you see [the Korngold] in terms of old-style movie glamour, with generous vibrato and highly burnished sound, then this may well appeal...[Gluzman's] ability to spin a line is particularly telling in the vocally inflected slow movement, with portamento duly applied but not overdone...Dvarionas's By the Lake is a charming miniature, here ardently played.”
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