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Vadim Repin’s DG debut with the Wiener Philharmoniker under Riccardo Muti gave the musical world and his many fans exactly what was expected of this first-class violinist: an incomparably refined, technically brilliant and at the same time highly emotional interpretation of Beethoven’s Violin Concerto.
Such a recording creates a high level of expectation for its follow-up, which Repin has met – and even surpassed – with his second DG album in which he performs another milestone of the violin repertoire.
The programme is Brahms; the composer’s beautiful Violin Concerto and the passionate Double Concerto in which Repin is partnered by cellist Truls Mørk. Completing the collaboration is the renowned Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra under its chief conductor Riccardo Chailly.
The reason Repin waited to record these crucial pieces of violin repertoire for the first time is simple: he wanted the right partners – the right label, the right orchestra and the right conductor. Now he has them.
With this perfect set-up for the Brahms concertos, music lovers will again have a recording to cherish: an album that sets new technical standards and is at the same time a profound expression of great musicality.
Brahms: Violin Concerto In D, Op. 77 - 1. Allegro Non Troppo
Brahms: Violin Concerto In D, Op. 77 - 2. Adagio
Brahms: Violin Concerto In D, Op. 77 - 3. Allegro Giocoso, Ma Non Troppo Vivace
Brahms: Concerto In A Minor For Violin & Cello, Op. 102, "Double" - 1. Allegro
Brahms: Concerto In A Minor For Violin & Cello, Op. 102, "Double" - 2. Andante
Brahms: Concerto In A Minor For Violin & Cello, Op. 102, "Double" - 3. Vivace Non Troppo
“Vadim Repin's performance of the Brahms Violin Concerto have met with much press acclaim, and one sees why. His dazzling technique aside, the firm, warm tone, magnificent control of phrasing and rhythmic incisiveness are all tailor-made for the piece. ...Riccardo Chailly's direction of the Gewandhausorchester is with him all the way. Repin is joined by Truls Mørk for an equally memorable account of the Double Concerto. ...the warmth and skill they bring the Andante, characterising their instruments as the two protagonists of an intimate dialogue, makes this the high-point of the disc.”
“…Chailly… conveys wonderfully well the epic quality of the huge opening tutti. Repin relishes the work's moments of delicacy as much as the declamatory ones. Nothing is ever effortful: even the tortuous double-stopping seems to leave him entirely unfazed.”
13th February 2009
“Despite Vadim Repin's formidable reputation as a Brahms interpreter, his recording of the Violin Concerto will doubtless prove controversial in some quarters. The glamour and majesty of his playing leap out at you from every phrase; this is a performance on the grandest of scales, full of high drama and extravagant rhetorical gestures. Conducted by Riccardo Chailly, it's also notably slow. The dividends are enormous in the second half: the adagio has great nobility, while the finale is weighty and detailed as well as virtuosic. The first movement, however, has a ponderous quality that reinforces old-fashioned views of Brahms's music as being stately. Its companion piece is the Double Concerto, in which Repin and Chailly are joined by Norwegian cellist Truls Mork. This is a wonderful performance, and certainly the more consistent of the two. Chailly's conducting has cragginess as well as grandeur, while Repin and Mork are thrilling and tender. Recommended - though if you prefer the Violin Concerto done with more intimacy, you need to look elsewhere.”
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