Dvorak: Violin Concerto in A minor, Op. 53

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Christian Tetzlaff plays Dvorak & Suk

Christian Tetzlaff plays Dvorak & Suk


Dvorak:

Violin Concerto in A minor, Op. 53

Romance in F minor, Op. 11

Suk:

Fantasy for Violin & Orchestra, Op. 24


Ondine is proud the present this exciting program by the award-winning violinist Christian Tetzlaff. This new recording includes works for violin andorchestra by two Czech composers closely connected to each other, AntonínDvořak and Josef Suk. Tetzlaff is accompanied by the HelsinkiPhilharmonic Orchestra conducted by John Storgårds.

“John Storgårds inspires energetic playing from the Helsinki Philharmonic…once into the fray Tetzlaff draws on an exceptionally wide range of colours and nuances…individual but utterly persuasive…excellent, full-bodied sound.” Gramophone Magazine, March 2016

“[Tetzlaff is] the kind of musician who gets under the skin of a piece and gives what the music needs, rather than applying his own house style no matter what. His performance of Dvořák’s Concerto in A minor is glorious and questioning... But the real brilliance is in the vulnerability and tenderness he reveals in quiet melodies.” The Guardian, 10th March 2016 ****

GGramophone Magazine

Editor's Choice - March 2016

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BBC Proms at the Royal Albert Hall

BBC Proms at the Royal Albert Hall


Beethoven:

Symphony No. 6 in F major, Op. 68 'Pastoral'

Dvorak:

Violin Concerto in A minor, Op. 53

Julia Fischer (violin)

Strauss, R:

Till Eulenspiegels lustige Streiche, Op. 28


From the pastoral landscapes of Beethoven’s Symphony No.6 to the vibrant folk scenes of Strauss’ sound-poem Till Eulenspiegels lustige Streiche and Dvořak’s Violin Concerto, this Prom takes a vivid journey across Central Europe. At the BBC Proms 2014, the world’s largest classical music festival, David Zinman appeared in his final concert as chief conductor of Zurich’s Tonhalle Orchestra, stepping down after almost 20 years.

Julia Fischer “was the accomplished and eloquent soloist” (Evening Standard) performing Dvořák’s richly lyrical Violin Concerto with “the kind of flawless technique and steely vibrato that seems impervious to human fallibility” (The Telegraph).

“This beautiful Prom marked the end of an era. David Zinman’s final concert as chief conductor of the Zurich Tonhalle was a superb example of his intelligent musicianship” The Guardian

Recorded: Royal Albert Hall, London, BBC Proms 2014

Running Time Total: 102 Minutes

Picture: 16:9, HD

Sound: DTS-HD MA 5.1, PCM 2.0

BD 25

Booklet: English, German, French

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C Major - 732104

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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.

“This is a boldly imaginative gathering of Czech works for solo violin and orchestra…Josef Špaček, with Jiří Bělohlávek's wonderfully attentive orchestral accompaniment, produces a near-ideal interpretation [of the Suk]…many will warm to Špaček's soft-grained tone, especially in the slow movement [of the Dvorak].” BBC Music Magazine, September 2015

“the young Joseph Špaček reminded me more both of his great forebear Josef Suk and, at times of David Oistrakh. It's mostly to do with the firm cut of his bowing, the clarity of his articulation and the sureness of his rhythmic attack. His tone is sweetly expressive but he varies it according to the dictates of the passing musical phrase.” Gramophone Magazine, July 2015

“If anything Josef Špaček, the young concertmaster of the Czech Philharmonic, makes an even more powerful impression than his illustrious predecessor [Josef Suk]. His is a full-blooded performance with the Czech Philharmonic under its music director with him all the way…[this] young violinist has embarked on what is a very promising career.” MusicWeb International, June 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

“[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 ****

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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 ****

GGramophone Magazine

Editor's Choice - June 2013

Decca - 4783544

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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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Dvorák: Violin Concerto

Dvorák: Violin Concerto


Dvorak:

Violin Concerto in A minor, Op. 53

Romance in F minor, Op. 11

Suk:

Fantasy for Violin & Orchestra, Op. 24


Presto CD

Decca - 4603162

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Dvorak Complete Concertos

Dvorak Complete Concertos


Dvorak:

Violin Concerto in A minor, Op. 53

Cello Concerto in B minor, Op. 104

Waldesruhe (Silent woods) for cello and orchestra, Op. 68 No. 5

Rondo in G minor for cello & orchestra, Op. 94, B. 181

Piano Concerto in G minor, Op. 33


Jan Palenicek (cello), Jana Novakova (violin), Jitka Cechova (piano)

Moravian Philharmonic Orchestra, Olomouc, Stanislav Vavrinek

Cube Bohemia - CBCD2426

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Dvorak: Violin Concerto in A minor, Op. 53, etc.

Dvorak:

Violin Concerto in A minor, Op. 53

Edith Peinemann (violin)

Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, Peter Maag

Serenade for Strings in E major, Op. 22

English Chamber Orchestra, Rafael Kubelik


Two of Dvorak's sunniest inspirations on CD together. The rare recording of the Violin Concerto with German violinist Edith Peinemann is once more made available, and Kubelik's recording of the Serenade was always one of the most highly recommended.

Australian Eloquence - ELQ4767405

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Brahms & Dvorak: Violin Concertos

Brahms & Dvorak: Violin Concertos


Brahms:

Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 77

Dvorak:

Violin Concerto in A minor, Op. 53


David Oistrakh (violin)

USSR State Symphony Symphony Orchestra, Kirill Kondrashin

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Vanguard Classics - OCD1024

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