Anton Dvořák’s much loved Violin Concerto is performed on this new hybrid SACD by the outstanding young soloist Liza Ferschtman. The disc also includes George Gershwin’s An American in Paris, and the orchestra in both works is the Netherlands Philharmonic.
Violinist Liza Ferschtman has performed with all the major Dutch orchestras, including the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Residentie Orchestra, and the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra, alongside conductors such as Leonard Slatkin, Jaap van Zweden, and Thierry Fischer. She released her debut recording for Challenge Classics in 2007 with music for violin and piano by Beethoven and Schubert (CC72174), and this was was followed in early 2010 by a disc devoted to the solo violin music of Bach and Ysayë (CC72351). In 2010 she made a critically acclaimed recording of Beethoven’s Violin Concerto with the Netherlands Philharmonic and conductor Jan Willem de Vriend (CC72384).
The premiere of Anton Dvořák’s Violin Concerto took place in Prague on 14 October 1883, and a month later it was performed in Vienna by the Vienna Philharmonic conducted by Hans Richte, where the soloist was supposed to be the great Joseph Joachim, however it seems that he declined possibly because he thought the concerto's form too free for his liking. George Gershwin’s symphonic poem An American in Paris is written in the form of a free rhapsody for orchestra. Although he had not meant it as programme music and certainly not as an autobiographic work, it clearly shows features of both.
“Liza Ferschtman plays with astonishing command, accuracy and firepower (there really isn't a flaw anywhere), and brings plenty of fiery passion to one lyrical passage after another...Venzago and the orchestra deliver deft, immaculate, one-size-fits-all performances both of the concerto's accompaniment and of the Gershwin - which means that this sounds more undercharacterised than it should.”
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