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Ondine is pleased to announce its first collaboration with Austrian violinist Benjamin Schmid, here performing Reger’s Violin Concerto and the Chaconne for Solo Violin.
Despite Hindemith describing Reger as “one of the last giants of music”, his works are rarely performed today. The Violin Concerto is a hugely charming Romantic work with broad sentimental gestures.
The CD also includes the Chaconne for Solo Violin, a work inspired by Reger’s greatest idol Johann Sebastian Bach.
Known for his exceptionally wide repertoire and a great sense of musicality, Benjamin Schmid is one of the most versatile violinists of today. He is also a sought-after jazz violinist.
Artistic director of the Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra since 2009, Hannu Lintu has quickly created an international career. In 2013 he will assume the post of chief conductor of the Finnish RSO.
In 2013, Ondine will release Ligeti’s violin concerto with Benjamin Schmid.
Max Reger: Violin Concerto in A major, Op. 101
I. Allegro moderato
II. Largo con gran espressione
III. Allegro moderato (ma con spirito)
Max Reger: Preludes and Fugues, Op. 117: No. 4 in G minor, "Chaconne"
Preludes and Fugues, Op. 117: No. 4 in G minor, "Chaconne"
15th November 2012
“Schmid's playing is technically pristine, if cool, while the Tampere Philharmonic under Hannu Lintu opt for clarity rather than depth. The underlying idea, presumably, is to emphasise the classical sinews beneath the post-Romantic surface.”