Dvorak: Violin Concerto in A minor, Op. 53

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Dvořák, Suk, Janáček: Violin Concertos

Dvořák, Suk, Janáček: Violin Concertos


Dvorak:

Violin Concerto in A minor, Op. 53

Janacek:

Violin Concerto 'Pilgrimage of the Soul'

Suk:

Fantasy for Violin & Orchestra, Op. 24


Dvořák – Suk – Janáček. Three very different composers with three different stories, and yet there is a great closeness and spiritual kinship between them.

Dvořák’s op. 53 is now part of the repertoire of all the world’s great violinists, however even that greatest of virtuosi, Joseph Joachim – the man to whom Dvořák dedicated the work – helped search for and was closely involved in shaping the concerto's final form.

Suk’s Fantasy in G minor is, internally, a highly diverse work, a kind of virtuoso, rhapsodic symphonic poem for violin that stands on the threshold of a new and momentous creative period in the composer’s work.

And what of Janáček: he already had a name for his intended violin concerto, "The Wandering of a Little Soul", but in the end he used the material he had collected in his final opera "From the House of the Dead". The material from which the concerto was later reconstructed is typical Janáček: sharply defined, with great energy and urgency.

The 28-‐year old violinist Josef Špaček, a laureate of the keenly watched Queen Elisabeth Music Competition, recorded these concerts live with "his" Czech Philharmonic Orchestra under it's principal conductor Jiří Bělohlávek.

“[The Janáček] is given a superb, heart-rending performance here by Josef Špaček backed by the deep understanding that Jiří Bělohlávek brings especially to the music of his native country. That is equally true of the Dvořák Concerto...Špaček is a compelling protagonist here, with a richness and piquancy of timbre that contributes to an interpretation not merely of virtuosity and flair but also of expressiveness.” The Telegraph, 26th April 2015 ****

“the violinist’s individual, deeply considered and virtuosic account of Dvorak’s solo part is the highlight of this keenly conceived programme. He is extrovert in the dancing rhythms of the outer Allegros and spellbindingly inward in the serene Adagio. In this repertoire, Spacek is second to none today.” Sunday Times, 26th April 2015

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Johanna Martzy

Johanna Martzy

Berlin, 1953-1966


 

Suite No. 1 in G Major (Allegro)

Fiocco/O’Neill

Bach, J S:

Sonata for solo violin No. 1 in G minor, BWV1001

Brahms:

Violin Sonata No. 1 in G major, Op. 78

Dvorak:

Violin Concerto in A minor, Op. 53

RIAS-Symphonie-Orchester, Ferenc Fricsay

Handel:

Sonata in A Major for violin and continuo, HWV361, Op. 1 No. 3

Kreisler:

Rondino on a Theme by Beethoven

Danse Espagnole (after Falla)

Ravel:

Berceuse sur le nom de Fauré

Vivaldi:

Violin Sonata in D Major, RV10


Johanna Martzy (violin) & Jean Antonietti (piano)

The Hungarian violinist Johanna Martzy was considered one of the great hopes of her generation during the 1950s. From her base in Switzerland, she conquered all the major European concert stages from 1950 onwards. Through a chain of unfortunate events, her career had already passed its apex during the early 1960s. At the end of the decade, her career that had begun so brilliantly finally came to a complete standstill. The doubts of this serious and introverted musician outweighed her longing and temptation to live a life in the limelight. Because Johanna Martzy’s recording career only lasted four years, her name has become a legend amongst experts; her recordings are rare collector’s items. Her highly conscious, careful selection of repertoire was completely consistent with her way of making music. The clear, brilliant tone, without any frills, of her preferred Carlo Bergonzi violin lends her playing a definite profile that is easy to recognise. She limited herself to a very manageable number of works ranging from Bach to moderate modern composers, but mastered these utterly. In 1953 she was engaged by the RIAS (today: Deutschlandradio Kultur) to participate in a production of the Violin Concerto in A minor, Op. 53 of Antonín Dvorák on the occasion of a concert with Ferenc Fricsay and the RIAS Symphony Orchestra. Since the orchestra at that time stood under the shock of impending disbandment, a recording of this same work with Deutsche Grammophon was made in order to gain financial support. Although both recordings were made in the same recording room within just a few days of each other, they are markedly different, especially in their respective sounds. The radio recording, which was long thought to have been identical to the recording made for commercial release, is being issued here for the first time.

During the 1960s, when Johanna Martzy had begun to withdraw from the major concert stages for private reasons, she regularly came to Berlin to give recitals with her piano partner Jean Antonietti. On these occasions, she also visited the recording studios of the RIAS a number of times. All of the recordings made there that still exist today can be heard in this edition. Johanna Martzy’s mastery and beauty of tone on these recordings are utterly convincing, and show that she was still at the height of her powers at that time.

Her death in 1979, hardly noticed by the general public, thus signified a tragic loss for the musical world.

“Another invaluable collection of Martzy recordings, including a glorious account of the Dvorak Violin Concerto recorded for Berlin radio in 1953, two days before the same artists recorded it commercially.” BBC Music Magazine, March 2015 ****

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Dvorak: Violin Concerto & Piano Trio

Dvorak: Violin Concerto & Piano Trio


Dvorak:

Violin Concerto in A minor, Op. 53

Prague Philharmonia, Jirí Belohlávek

Piano Trio No. 3 in F minor, Op. 65 (B130)

with Jean-Guihen Queyras (cello) & Alexander Melnikov (piano)


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Dvorak: Violin Concerto (Standard edition)

Dvorak: Violin Concerto (Standard edition)


Dvorak:

Violin Concerto in A minor, Op. 53

Berliner Philharmoniker, Manfred Honeck

Mazurek for violin and orchestra, Op. 49 (B89)

Berliner Philharmoniker, Manfred Honeck

Romance in F minor, Op. 11

Berliner Philharmoniker, Manfred Honeck

Humoresque in G flat major, Op. 101 No. 7

arrangement for violin and piano by Fritz Kreisler

with Ayami Ikeba (piano)


In a stunning recording career of over 35 years, Anne-Sophie Mutter has sold over 10 million albums.

Renowned for her technical facility and limitless range of expressive colours, Mutter is the undisputed “Queen of the Violin” (Times of London) - a musical legend of our time.

It is no exaggeration to call this recording an historic venture: in June, Mutter and the Berliner Philharmoniker, whose deep and lasting artistic relationship was forged in the 1970s, came together at the Berlin Philharmonie, to make their first studio album in almost 30 years.

Here, she records Dvořák’s Violin Concerto – the last of the great Romantic violin concertos not yet in her discography.

Anne-Sophie Mutter has chosen to pair Dvořák’s Violin Concerto with his fiery Mazurka Op. 49, and the Romance in F minor for violin and orchestra Op. 11. The album also includes Dvořák’s irresistible Humoresque, presented in its popular arrangement for violin and piano by Fritz Kreisler.

All works on this recording exemplify the vivid colour, touching melancholy and folkloric tunefulness that are trademarks of Dvořák’s style.

“Mutter's playing is never less than dazzling...Her approach is often highly interventionist...In the slow movement there is magical ornamental playing, but at times rather exaggerated portamento.” BBC Music Magazine, January 2014 ***

“With a sound like molten chocolate and a romantic temperament to match, the violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter is in her element here...The Berlin Philharmonic under Manfred Honeck tempers the sweetness with playing that is rich, intense, but also edgy where needed.” New York Times, 11th December 2013

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Dvorak: Violin Concerto (Deluxe edition)

Dvorak: Violin Concerto (Deluxe edition)


Dvorak:

Violin Concerto in A minor, Op. 53

Berliner Philharmoniker, Manfred Honeck

Mazurek for violin and orchestra, Op. 49 (B89)

Berliner Philharmoniker, Manfred Honeck

Romance in F minor, Op. 11

Berliner Philharmoniker, Manfred Honeck

Humoresque in G flat major, Op. 101 No. 7

arrangement for violin and piano by Fritz Kreisler

with Ayami Ikeba (piano)


CD/DVD

In a stunning recording career of over 35 years, Anne-Sophie Mutter has sold over 10 million albums.

Renowned for her technical facility and limitless range of expressive colours, Mutter is the undisputed “Queen of the Violin” (Times of London) - a musical legend of our time.

It is no exaggeration to call this recording an historic venture: in June, Mutter and the Berliner Philharmoniker, whose deep and lasting artistic relationship was forged in the 1970s, came together at the Berlin Philharmonie, to make their first studio album in almost 30 years.

Here, she records Dvořák’s Violin Concerto – the last of the great Romantic violin concertos not yet in her discography.

Anne-Sophie Mutter has chosen to pair Dvořák’s Violin Concerto with his fiery Mazurka Op. 49, and the Romance in F minor for violin and orchestra Op. 11. The album also includes Dvořák’s irresistible Humoresque, presented in its popular arrangement for violin and piano by Fritz Kreisler.

All works on this recording exemplify the vivid colour, touching melancholy and folkloric tunefulness that are trademarks of Dvořák’s style.

Bonus DVD 51 minutes long containing: Dvorak Violin Concerto in A minor, Op. 53 and Romance in F minor for Violin and Orchestra Op.11 from the Berliner Philharmoniker Digital Concert Hall (Recorded February 2012)

“With a sound like molten chocolate and a romantic temperament to match, the violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter is in her element here...The Berlin Philharmonic under Manfred Honeck tempers the sweetness with playing that is rich, intense, but also edgy where needed.” New York Times, 11th December 2013

“Mutter's playing is never less than dazzling...Her approach is often highly interventionist...In the slow movement there is magical ornamental playing, but at times rather exaggerated portamento.” BBC Music Magazine, January 2014 ***

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Bruch & Dvorak: Violin Concertos

Bruch & Dvorak: Violin Concertos


Bruch:

Violin Concerto No. 1 in G minor, Op. 26

Dvorak:

Violin Concerto in A minor, Op. 53


Joined by the Zürich Tonhalle Orchestra and David Zinman, Fischer pairs the ever-popular Bruch concerto with Dvorák's undeservedly neglected but perennially fresh masterpiece - a rather more logical twinning than the ubiquitous Mendelssohn.

A former Artist of the Year at the 2007 Gramophone Awards, and 'Instrumentalist of the Year' at the 2009 MIDEM Classical Awards, Fischer signed to Decca Classics shortly afterwards and this is her fifth release for the label.

Reviewing Julia Fischer’s performance of the Dvorák Concerto in London, The Guardian wrote, “Dvorák’s Violin Concerto, a romantic showpiece too often passed over in favour of Bruch and Mendelssohn, has a piquant slow movement to compete with either. Fischer made sure we heard every note, handing us each bar with absolute technical assurance and in a lustrous, seamless tone.”

“Zinman takes full advantage of Dvorák’s command and exploitation of orchestral texture and instrumental colour...Ubiquitous the [Bruch] concerto might be, but here Fischer asserts all the freshness and intensity that are hallmarks of her stylish playing...The finale’s rhythmic drive and rapture cap a performance, and a disc, of striking presence and allure.” The Telegraph, 15th March 2013 ****

“a spirited, buoyant performance [of the Dvorak] that for much of the work's duration wears an irresistable smile.” Gramophone Magazine, June 2013

“a very attractive coupling. The much-recorded Bruch receives a passionate and strongly compelling performance, with Julia Fischer delivering a dazzlingly brilliant and technically flawless account of the solo part.” BBC Music Magazine, August 2013 ****

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Editor's Choice - June 2013

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Brahms & Dvorak: Violin Concertos

Brahms & Dvorak: Violin Concertos


Brahms:

Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 77

Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Carlo Maria Giulini

Dvorak:

Violin Concerto in A minor, Op. 53

London Philharmonic Orchestra, Daniel Barenboim


“This strikes me as being an exceptionally fine performance, drawing one deeper into the music at each new hearing. Perlman and Giulini have given us an account of the Concerto which will, I am sure, gratify and move many Brahmsians.” Gramophone Magazine

“Perlman is on staggering form here: right from his very first entry it's clear that this is going to be a performance full of grit and vigour (with a mightily impressive first-movement cadenza), and yet the end of the slow movement is meltingly tender. There's fantastic support from the Chicago Symphony Orchestra under Carlo Maria Giulini, too, with just the right amount of swagger in the last movement.” James Longstaffe, Presto Classical, November 2014

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Brahms & Dvorák: Violin Concertos

Brahms & Dvorák: Violin Concertos


Brahms:

Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 77

Dvorak:

Violin Concerto in A minor, Op. 53


David Oistrakh (violin)

USSR Radio Large Symphony Orchestra, Kyrill Kondrashin

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Ruggiero Ricci - Romantic Violin Concertos

Ruggiero Ricci - Romantic Violin Concertos


Beethoven:

Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 61

London Philharmonic Orchestra, Sir Adrian Boult

Bruch:

Violin Concerto No. 1 in G minor, Op. 26

London Symphony Orchestra, Piero Gamba

Dvorak:

Violin Concerto in A minor, Op. 53

London Symphony Orchestra, Sir Malcolm Sargent

Mendelssohn:

Violin Concerto in E minor, Op. 64

Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra, Jean Fournet


A double-CD of Romantic Violin Concertos celebrating the art of Ruggiero Ricci, this set includes the first international release on CD of the Ricci/Boult 1952 recording of the Beethoven. Boult characterised it as ‘perhaps the most thoughtful concerto, the one which needs for the violinist to be a great man as well as a great player’. Indeed it is a thoughtful and poised reading from both soloist and conductor, coupled with classic accounts of the Mendelssohn, Bruch and Dvorak. The booklet notes by Tully Potter include a biography of Ricci and (sometimes wry!) comments by the violinist himself on the recordings.

[Beethoven] “I do not think we are likely to get a better recording for a long while” Gramophone

[Bruch] "Ricci gives very good performances indeed of both concertos; caught out nowhere, even on the margin of intonation, by their technical demands in the outer movements, he manages also to communicate both poetry and impulse to the slow movements." Gramophone

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Dvorák & Szymanowski - Violin Concertos

Dvorák & Szymanowski - Violin Concertos


Dvorak:

Romance in F minor, Op. 11

Violin Concerto in A minor, Op. 53

Szymanowski:

Violin Concerto No. 1, Op. 35


Arabella Steinbacher (violin)

Radio Symphony Orchestra Berlin, Marek Janowski

This is Steinbecher’s debut on Pentatone. She is 27 and was taught by the same teacher as Julia Fischer. Her previous recordings for Orfeo have all got great reviews.

“Technically, she's supremely accomplished and refined…” The Guardian, 13th November 2009 ***

“From this recording one would imagine that hers is not a big tone but it is an opulent one, cushioned by ample if well controlled vibrato. That opulence makes her playing of the heartfelt melody in the slow movement of Dvorák's Violin Concerto winningly rich. She is equally successful in bringing out the marked Slavonic flavours in the outer movements... treating the dance rhythms of the finale with sparkling lightness. ...Szymanowski's First Violin Concerto... is a difficult work for soloist and conductor to hold together with its sharp contrasts of mood and tempo, but the alliance of Steinbacher and Janowski achieves that with total conviction. ...a performance that carries total conviction.” Gramophone Magazine, January 2010

“…in a haunting performance of Szymanowski's Violin Concerto No. 1 the solo part seems to float in over a lush orchestra. Steinbacher's tone is sweet, her playing poised - in satisfying contrast to the muscular contribution of the Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra under Marek Janowski. ...Dvorák's Romance in F minor, which calls for (and receives) flowing, song-like lines. ...same composer's Violin Concerto...was written in the wake of the Slavonic Dances, something that show especially in the dance-infused finale... This is a performance in which the soloist sounds as if she is leading the dance, and everyone is rhythmically buoyant in the heady climax of an enjoyable and vividly recorded disc.” BBC Music Magazine, January 2010 ****

“Steinbacher makes a powerful case for Szymanowski's First Concerto as a minor masterpiece” Classic FM Magazine, August 2011 ****

GGramophone Magazine

Editor's Choice - January 2010

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