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The Violin Concertos by Uuno Klami (1900-1961) and Einar Englund(1916-1999) are 20th century masterpieces of the violin concerto genre bothovershadowed until now by their compatriot Jean Sibelius' hugely popularViolin Concerto. In this recording award-winning violinist Benjamin Schmidgives impressive performances of the two works together with OuluSymphony Orchestra and their chief conductor Johannes Gustavsson.
Einar Englund: Violin Concerto
I. Allegro moderato
III. Finale: Allegro molto
Uuno Klami: Violin Concerto, Op. 32
I. Allegro molto moderato
II. Adagio ma non troppo
III. Allegro giocoso
“There are some lovely things, not least a soulfulness that goes beyond words – the slow movement is reminiscent of Shostakovich – and the finale is sustained in its vigour...Much excellence from Benjamin Schmid, accompanied alertly in Oulu, and the recording is naturally balanced.”
“Not a lost masterpiece but a sturdy work with individual touches.”
3rd November 2016
“A vital imagination is evinced by every aspect of this disc.”
The Classical Reviewer
“Benjamin Schmid with the Oulu Symphony Orchestra under Johannes Gustavsson provide first rate performances of these two very fine concertos”