Szymanowski: Violin Concerto No. 1, Op. 35

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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

Building a Library

Recommended - May 2013

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Pentatone - PTC5186353

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Szymanowski & Britten - Violin Concertos

Szymanowski & Britten - Violin Concertos


Britten:

Violin Concerto in D minor Op. 15

Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Manfred Honeck

Szymanowski:

Violin Concerto No. 1, Op. 35

Warsaw Philharmonic, Antoni Wit

Violin Concerto No. 2, Op. 61

Warsaw Philharmonic, Antoni Wit


For his latest recording, the eminent violinist Frank Peter Zimmerman has recorded the concertos Nos. 1 & 2 by Polish composer Karol Szymanowski, accompanied by the Warsaw Philharmonic under the baton of Antoni Wit. The final piece on the album is the violin concerto No. 1, op.35 by Benjamin Britten for which Zimmerman is partnered by the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra under Manfred Honeck. Once more Zimmermann excels in the whole technical range of his instrument and shows sensitivity for these unusual works.

“…the exquisitely-toned, raptly-poetic Frank Peter Zimmerman” The Independent

“Zimmermann makes light of the difficulties, throwing off the fiendish cadenzas (by Pawel Kochanski, the dedicatee of both works) with effortless ease. It is good to see a German fiddler championing Britten’s youthful work (1939-40), played here with the Swedish Radio SO under Manfred Honeck. Zimmermann’s sweet, intense tone is especially compelling in the concluding Passacaglia — prophetic of Britten’s mature style.” Sunday Times, 19th July 2009 ****

“[Britten's] Violin Concerto is given a forceful account by Zimmerman and the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra. Zimmermann does particular justice to the shimmering, perfumed colours of [Szymanowski's Violin Concerto] No 1.” The Telegraph, 11th August 2009 ***

“Benjamin Britten's violin concerto has never been among his most approachable works, but Zimmermann's cool, lyrical, crystal-clear style suits it perfectly, especially in the final Passacaglia, which gradually acquires a huge, desolate power. [In the two Szymanowsky concertos], Zimmermann perhaps lacks some rhapsodic warmth, but the gloriously exotic sounds of the First Concerto are magnificently realised, and the more folk-inspired Second blossoms idiomatically.” The Observer, 26th July 2009

“The performances are close on definitive. Soloist Frank Peter Zimmermann has the remarkable ability to adapt his tone to each work: he attains a unique level of tragic anguish in the Britten, but the craggy sound he deploys there contrasts sharply with the syrupy decadence he brings to Szymanowski's First and the heavyweight lyricism with which he plays the Second. The orchestral contributions are outstanding, too: the Warsaw Philharmonic under Antoni Wit are match-less in Szymanowski; for the Britten, Manfred Honeck conducts the Swedish Radio Symphony with a searching intensity that matches Zimmermann's own.” The Guardian, 14th August 2009

“…Zimmermann… seems more at home in the Second Concerto, where the ecstatic element is leavened with the folk-influence that Szymanowski adopted later in his life - think Bartók rather than Scriabin. …in the Britten… Zimmermann is again responsive to the music's changing moods, and expresses them with an enormously varied tonal palette, and in the scherzo, with considerable virtuosity. Manfred Honeck steers his orchestra expertly, and the Swedish recording has bite.” BBC Music Magazine, Christmas 2009 ****

“…Zimmermann plays with flawless technique, ravishing pose and subtle range of colour. These are readings of strong personality, gutsy temperament and full-throated ardour. The captivating First Concerto is as passionate, sensuous and poetic as one could wish... The Britten is scarcely less impressive...” Gramophone Magazine, Awards Issue 2009

Building a Library

First Choice - May 2013

Sony - 88697439992

(CD)

$12.00

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Sibelius & Szymanowski: Violin Concertos

Sibelius & Szymanowski: Violin Concertos


Beethoven:

Romance No. 1 for Violin and Orchestra in G major, Op. 40

Recordings first published in 1962

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Eugene Goossens

Romance No. 2 for Violin and Orchestra in F major, Op. 50

Recordings first published in 1962

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Eugene Goossens

Sibelius:

Violin Concerto in D minor, Op. 47

Recordings first published in 1961

Philadelphia Orchestra, Eugene Ormandy

Szymanowski:

Violin Concerto No. 1, Op. 35

Recorded on 20th September 1960

Leningrad Philharmonic Orchestra, Kurt Sanderling


Vintage performances of two of the greatest 20th century violin concertos. David Oistrakh collaborates with Eugene Ormandy and Kurt Sanderling. His performances of the two Beethoven Romances with Eugene Goossens conducting are also included.

“Age cannot wither Oistrakh's passionate Sibelius, or his Szymanowski, though the latter needs clearer orchestral sound.” BBC Music Magazine, February 2014 ****

Regis - RRC1411

(CD)

$8.00

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Grzegorz Fitelberg conducts Szymanowski

Grzegorz Fitelberg conducts Szymanowski


Rimsky Korsakov:

The Tale of Tsar Saltan Suite, Op. 57

Recorded 15.04.46, Wembley Town Hall, Middlesex

London Philharmonic Orchestra

Szymanowski:

Violin Concerto No. 1, Op. 35

Recorded 22.09.48, Abbey Road Studio no.1

Eugenia Umińska (violin)

Philharmonia Orchestra

Tchaikovsky:

Symphony No. 3 in D major, Op. 29 'Polish'

Recorded 9-10.04.46, Kingsway Hall, London

London Philharmonic Orchestra


Grzegorz Fitelberg

Dutton Historic - CDBP9808

(CD)

$9.00

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20th Century Violin Concertos

20th Century Violin Concertos


Barber, S:

Violin Concerto, Op. 14

Dene Olding (violin)

Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Hiroyuki Iwaki

Bartók:

Violin Concerto No. 2, Sz 112

Xiao-Dong Wang (violin)

Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, Omri Hadari

Martin, F:

Violin Concerto

Dene Olding (violin)

Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Hiroyuki Iwaki

Milhaud:

Violin Concerto No.2

Dene Olding (violin)

Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Hiroyuki Iwaki

Szymanowski:

Violin Concerto No. 1, Op. 35

Xiao-Dong Wang (violin)

Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, Omri Hadari


These are dazzling performances of seminal works for violin and orchestra. The soloists display technical virtuosity as well as lyricism and grace. The works are engrossing, quirky and magnificent.

ABC Classics - ABC4764333

(CD - 2 discs)

$12.00

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Szymanowski: Violin Concertos No.1 & 2

Szymanowski: Violin Concertos No.1 & 2


Szymanowski:

Violin Concerto No. 1, Op. 35

Violin Concerto No. 2, Op. 61


Alena Baeva (violin)

Opole Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra, Boguslaw Dawidow

“Alena Baeva is an impressive young violinist from Kazakhstan who here with a Polish orchestra on a Polish label gives brilliant and compelling performances of both the Szymanowski violin concertos.” Gramophone Magazine, Awards Issue 2008

Dux - DUX0575

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$20.25

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Szymanowski - Violin Concertos Nos. 1 and 2

Szymanowski - Violin Concertos Nos. 1 and 2


Szymanowski:

Violin Concerto No. 1, Op. 35

Violin Concerto No. 2, Op. 61

Nocturne & Tarantella, Op. 28

orch. G. Fitelberg


“Ilya Kaler is a near ideal interpreter of these works and the delightful Nocturne and Tarantella which serve as makeweight. His playing certainly has the requisite passion, but he also has a strong sense of line.” BBC Music Magazine, August 2007 ****

“Naxos offers an exceptionally clear recording of these three concertante works by Szymanowski, not just the two violin concertos but an orchestrated version of the Nocturne and Tarantella.
Ilya Kaler, as on his other Naxos discs, gives pure, clear readings with flawless intonation and careful use of vibrato. Having a Polish conductor and orchestra as his accompanists adds to the idiomatic feel of each, with the magical orchestral sounds beautifully conjured up, particularly in No 1, the more radical of the two works.
Kaler is a degree warmer with a shade more vibrato than some interpreters, and the Naxos recording brings out the fantasy of the composer's orchestration, particularly in No 1, with wonderful clarity. In the more openly lyrical Second Concerto, Kaler adopts more flowing speeds with lighter results.
Kaler then plays the relatively brief Nocturneand Tarantella just as sympathetically, with the Tarantella a flamboyant virtuoso vehicle making a splendid climax to an excellent disc. The point which trumps all competition inevitably is that the Naxos issue, beautifully and idiomatically played and brilliantly recorded, comes at such a reasonable price.”
Gramophone Classical Music Guide, 2010

“A wonderfully compelling disc from Ilya Kaler…in the sense that you never want to stop listening to it…as on his other Naxos discs [Ilya Kaler] gives pure, clear readings with flawless intonation and careful use of vibrato…beautifully and idiomatically played.” Gramophone Magazine

GGramophone Magazine

Editor's Choice - July 2007

Naxos - 8557981

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$9.00

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Jennifer Koh - Portraits

Jennifer Koh - Portraits


Bartók:

Two Portraits Op. 5

Martinu:

Concerto for Violin and Orchestra No. 2, H. 293

Szymanowski:

Violin Concerto No. 1, Op. 35


Jennifer Koh (violin)

Grant Park Orchestra, Carlos Kalmar

Cedille - CDR90000089

(CD)

$19.50

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Karlowicz & Szymanowski: Violin Concertos

Karlowicz & Szymanowski: Violin Concertos


Karlowicz:

Violin Concerto in A major, Op. 8

Szymanowski:

Violin Concerto No. 1, Op. 35


Piotr Plawner (violin)

Orkiestra Symfoniczna Filharmonii Zielonogorskiej, Czeslaw Grabowski

Dux - DUX0540

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$20.25

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Arensky, Miaskovsky and Szymanovsky: Orchestral Works

Arensky, Miaskovsky and Szymanovsky: Orchestral Works


Arensky:

Dream on the Volga Overture

USSR State Symphony Orchestra, Evgeny Svetlanov

Miaskovsky:

Overture in G Major

USSR State Symphony Orchestra, Evgeny Svetlanov

Symphony No. 21 in F sharp minor, Op. 51

RTV Symphony Orchestra Moscow, Leonid Nikolayev

Szymanowski:

Violin Concerto No. 1, Op. 35

Igor Oistrakh (violin)

RTV Symphony Orchestra Moscow, Vladimir Fedoseyev


Audiophile - APL101534

(CD)

$8.25

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