Dvorak: Violin Concerto in A minor, Op. 53

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Waldbühne 2016 from Berlin: Czech Night

Waldbühne 2016 from Berlin: Czech Night

Recorded live at the Waldbuehne Berlin, 2016, directed by Henning Kasten


Dvorak:

Violin Concerto in A minor, Op. 53

Lisa Batiashvili (violin)

Symphony No. 6 in D major, Op. 60

Smetana:

Má Vlast: Vltava


What kind of music could be better suited for the Berliner Philharmoniker’s legendary annual Waldbühne concert than Czech music? It’s always passionate and full of verve and sure to lift everyone’s spirits. Only very rarely does a young talent ascend to ‘world stardom’, but one of the few who can be considered an international superstar while still belonging to the new generation of conductors is Yannick Nézet-Séguin. He presents the much-loved Vlatava (Moldau) as well as Dvořák’s Sixth Symphony and Violin Concerto with the wonderful Lisa Batiashvili on the violin.

“An evening in Berlin that could not have been more perfect.” (Tagesspiegel)

This concert is a dual premiere for Yannick Nézet-Séguin (Artist of the Year 2016 and winner of the ECHO Klassik 2014): for the first time, the Canadian is conducting the Berliner Philharmoniker at their last concert of the season at the Waldbühne. This is also his first appearance with the orchestra since his debut in 2010, with an interpretation of the two major Czech national composers, Bedřich Smetana and Antonín Dvořák.

With his orchestra cycle Má vlast, Smetana created a musical portrait of his home country; particularly the second part, The Moldau, came to stand as the embodiment of Czech music. Smetana combines rhythmic and melodic elements of Czech folklore with stylistic devices of Western symphonic music.

The same applies for Antonín Dvořák, fashioning his own musical language, shaped by the Bohemian idiom, in the Slavonic Dances. Thus his Sixth Symphony contains many allusions to Czech folk songs and dances that are typical of Dvořák’s music.

The Violin Concerto is also inspired by Slavic dance rhythms. This captivating piece is played by the Georgian violinist Lisa Batiashvili, acclaimed by the press as a “ballerina on the violin”.

Including ‘conductor camera’ option: switch to the ‘picture-in-picture’ or ‘full screen’ in the conductor’s camera feature (full concert length) and experience maestro Nézet-Séguin from the orchestra’s perspective.

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Language/subtitles: N/A

Region code: 0 (worldwide)

Running time: 107 mins

Production year: 2016

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Waldbühne 2016 from Berlin: Czech Night

Waldbühne 2016 from Berlin: Czech Night

Recorded live at the Waldbuehne Berlin, 2016, directed by Henning Kasten


Dvorak:

Symphony No. 6 in D major, Op. 60

Violin Concerto in A minor, Op. 53

Lisa Batiashvili (violin)

Smetana:

Má Vlast: Vltava


What kind of music could be better suited for the Berliner Philharmoniker’s legendary annual Waldbühne concert than Czech music? It’s always passionate and full of verve and sure to lift everyone’s spirits. Only very rarely does a young talent ascend to ‘world stardom’, but one of the few who can be considered an international superstar while still belonging to the new generation of conductors is Yannick Nézet-Séguin. He presents the much-loved Vlatava (Moldau) as well as Dvořák’s Sixth Symphony and Violin Concerto with the wonderful Lisa Batiashvili on the violin.

“An evening in Berlin that could not have been more perfect.” (Tagesspiegel)

This concert is a dual premiere for Yannick Nézet-Séguin (Artist of the Year 2016 and winner of the ECHO Klassik 2014): for the first time, the Canadian is conducting the Berliner Philharmoniker at their last concert of the season at the Waldbühne. This is also his first appearance with the orchestra since his debut in 2010, with an interpretation of the two major Czech national composers, Bedřich Smetana and Antonín Dvořák.

With his orchestra cycle Má vlast, Smetana created a musical portrait of his home country; particularly the second part, The Moldau, came to stand as the embodiment of Czech music. Smetana combines rhythmic and melodic elements of Czech folklore with stylistic devices of Western symphonic music.

The same applies for Antonín Dvořák, fashioning his own musical language, shaped by the Bohemian idiom, in the Slavonic Dances. Thus his Sixth Symphony contains many allusions to Czech folk songs and dances that are typical of Dvořák’s music.

The Violin Concerto is also inspired by Slavic dance rhythms. This captivating piece is played by the Georgian violinist Lisa Batiashvili, acclaimed by the press as a “ballerina on the violin”.

Including ‘conductor camera’ option: switch to the ‘picture-in-picture’ or ‘full screen’ in the conductor’s camera feature (full concert length) and experience maestro Nézet-Séguin from the orchestra’s perspective.

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Running time: 107 mins

Production year: 2016

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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 ****

“Beauty of tone is a distinctive hallmark of the Handel Sonata. It is a performance of refinement and nobility, with both players demonstrating a great affection for the music...Audite have done a wonderful job re-mastering these original analogue tapes from the RIAS archives, and sound quality throughout is top-notch.” MusicWeb International, 23rd June 2015

“a magnificent performance of great power and intensity, especially where it is most necessary, in the Adagio. I normally find non-Czech interpretations of this concerto easy to resist but Martzy and Fricsay pay such attention to the rhythms that the result is irresistible. Even if you have the DG version, you need this one.” The Strad, June 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

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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 ****

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Editor's Choice - January 2010

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Dvorak: Violin Concerto & Piano Trio No. 3

Dvorak: Violin Concerto & Piano Trio No. 3


Dvorak:

Violin Concerto in A minor, Op. 53

The Prague Philharmonia, Jiří Bělohlávek

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

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


Of all the famous and fruitful musical friendships, that between Brahms and Dvorák was one of the most felicitous. Right from their first meeting in 1878, Dvorák allowed himself to be won over by the rigorous model promoted by Brahms; his style gained in clarity, and his output over the next few years was in thrall to the musical heritage of the older composer. The Violin Concerto and the Third Piano Trio certainly belong to this period ‘under the influence’ - but how successfully that influence is integrated!

“In the past two years appealing new recordings have been issued, although the most recent, with Isabelle Faust in a magnificent ensemble performance with Jirí Belohlávek and the Prague Philharmonia, is far the best” Gramophone Magazine

“Faust's exultant solo playing, magnificently matched by the orchestra, is hugely infectious; in short, a performance to treasure and one very close to the head of the field.” BBC Music Magazine, December 2004

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First Choice - April 2006

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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.

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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

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Schubert & Dvořák: Works for Violin

Schubert & Dvořák: Works for Violin

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Dvorak:

Violin Concerto in A minor, Op. 53

Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Ferenc Fricsay

Schubert:

Sonata (Sonatina) for violin & piano in D major, D384 (Op. posth. 137 No. 1)

Jean Antonietti (piano)

Sonatina (Sonatina) in G minor, D408 (Op. posth. 137 No. 3)

Jean Antonietti (piano)


Johanna Martzy (violin)

In an essay Glenn Gould referred to Johanna Martzy as "an artist who has always seemed to me to be, at least in North America, the most underrated of the great violinists of our age." - And indeed it has only been a few years that Johanna Martzy's all too few recordings have made a spectacular revival, so that now she has a place among the great violinists of the 20th Century - a place she really deserves. This albums presents two Sonatines by Franz Schubert in which Johanna Martzy is accompanied by her long-time pianist Jean Antonietti and finally the great Dvorak Violin Concerto accompanied by the RIAS Symphony Orchestra Berlin conducted by Ferenc Fricsay, recorded in 1953, which is the reference work on this album.

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