This page lists all recordings of Violin Concerto in E minor, by Jules Conus (1869-1942) on CD & download (MP3 & FLAC). Generally, more recent releases are listed first, but with priority given to those that are in stock.
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Wieniawski & Conus: Violin Concertos
Soo-Hyun Park was unanimously awarded the Prix Groupe Edmond de Rothschild in January 2012, at the Sommets Musicaux de Gstaad. The prize offers the winner the opportunity to record their debut recording with an orchestra. Born in Seoul in 1989, Soo- Hyun Park began playing the violin at the age of seven. Since 1999 she has attended the masterclasses of Dora Schwarzberg at the Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst in Vienna, where she also enjoys teaching. Her highly virtuosic programme includes Wieniawski’s passionate first concerto and a work once championed by Jascha Heifetz, the concerto by Julius Conus. Conus studied under Arensky and Taneyev and was a close friend of Rachmaninov from student days and through both composers’ time in the USA. Conus’s son married Rachmaninov’s daughter. His one major work is this highly effective and well-constructed showpiece for the violin. Vieuxtemps’ 'Fantasia appassionata' is a miniature concerto, with a passionate central movement and a fiendishly challenging ‘salterella’ finale. The composer was famous for his technical dexterity, and this work gives some idea of how phenomenal his technique must have been.
Soo-Hyun has performed in Europe as well as China and Korea. She has performed at the Mozartsaal of the Vienna Konzerthaus and in Tianjin with the city’s symphony orchestra in a concert broadcast live on both radio and television.
“A winning lyrical approach to a trio of virtuoso showpieces … a naturally balanced recording round out a fine release” The Strad, April 2013
“Vigorous playing in these Romantic showpieces, although greater tonal weight and focus is needed, especially in the lyrical moments” BBC Music Magazine, April 2013 ***
“Soo-Hyun Park embraces all the challenges without turning a hair, and also contrives to give Wieniawski's passagework an expressive and poetic quality...Park's reflective approach to the Vieuxtemps results in a beautiful performance that's certainly not short of vivacity but maybe it doesn't capture the work's extrovert theatricality...The accompaniments, too, are excellent.” Gramophone Magazine, April 2013
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Russian Violin Concertos
Guided by Tchaikovsky’s influence, Anton Arensky’s neglected Violin Concerto is notable for its rich vein of melody and delicacy of orchestration. Julius Conus was a notable student of Arensky, and his virtuoso Violin Concerto, romantic in its variety of moods and expression, was once equal in popularity with that of Tchaikovsky. Mieczysław Weinberg, whose powerful Violin Concerto is available on Naxos 8557194, was highly regarded by Shostakovich. The recently revived Violin Concertino, which predates the Violin Concerto by over a decade, is an arrestingly scored and often bittersweet work which here receives its world première recording. Multi-award-winning violinist Sergey Ostrovsky has been praised for his ‘marvellous tone’. (The Strad)
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Jascha Heifetz plays Tchaikovsky, Conus, Sarasate & Korngold
Violin Concerto in E minor
Recorded in United Artists Studios, Hollywood, 3 December 1952
RCA Victor Symphony Orchestra, Izler Solomon
Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 35
Recorded in Sound Stage 9, Republic Pictures Studios, Hollywood, 10 January 1953
Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra, Alfred Wallenstein
Zigeunerweisen, Op. 20
Recorded in Sound Stage 9, Republic Pictures Studios, Hollywood, 16 June 1951
RCA Victor Symphony Orchestra, William Steinberg
Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 35
Recorded in EMI Abbey Road Studio No. 1, London, 19-20 July 1950
Philharmonia Orchestra, Walter Susskind
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