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Dvorák – Violin Concerto

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Catalogue numberBIS-CD-1708
Release date2010-03-26
Discs1
Orig. sample rate44100Hz

International Record Review: outstanding.



When Dvorák in 1879 began to compose his Violin Concerto, he followed the pattern set by Brahms by dedicating the work to the great violinist Joseph Joachim, and sending it to the dedicatee for advice. He may have regretted this afterwards, as Joachim in return let him have a set of suggestions which caused Dvorák to rewrite the work completely. He then had to wait two long years before receiving the verdict on the new version: in Joachim's opinion, the concerto was still not ready. In 1882, after going through the score once more with the violinist, Dvorák made further revisions, but when his publisher also asked for changes to be done, the composer refused. The crowning irony was that when the work was finally performed, the solo part wasn't played by Joachim, after all. While waiting to finalize the concerto Dvorák did not remain idle, however. One of the works he composed in the meantime was Legends, a cycle of ten pieces for two pianos, which he shortly afterwards orchestrated. The result charmed the audiences as well other musicians, for instance Brahms, who wrote: 'one envies the fresh, cheerful and rich resourcefulness of the man.' Performing these two works are the acclaimed Australian violinist Richard Tognetti, as soloist in the concerto, and the Nordic Chamber Orchestra, conducted by Christian Lindberg. The same players have teamed up before on disc, namely on Nordic Showcase, an anthology of works for chamber orchestra. In the reviews of that disc, Tognetti's performance was described by the reviewer in International Record Review as 'music-making at a truly exalted level . the most enraptured and heartfelt rendering of the inexplicably neglected Svendsen Romance that I have ever heard.' The orchestra and its conductor received equally lavish praise, for instance in American Record Guide: 'a very well chosen smorgasbord of Nordic music, a cunning mixture of the known and the truly novel . played with the utmost feeling and with gem-like purity of tone.'
 
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  Composer: Dvorák, Antonín
  Violin Concerto in A minor, Op.53 30:42
01 I. Allegro ma non troppo 11:38 $ 2.44 USD
02 II. Adagio ma non troppo 09:18 $ 1.95 USD
03 III. Finale. Allegro giocoso ma non troppo 09:46 $ 2.05 USD
 
 
  Composer: Dvorák, Antonín
  Legends, Op.59 37:57
04 No.1 in D minor. Allegretto 03:07 $ 0.65 USD
05 No.2 in G major. Molto moderato 03:52 $ 0.81 USD
06 No.3 in G minor. Allegro giusto 04:03 $ 0.85 USD
07 No.4 in C major. Molto maestoso 05:34 $ 1.17 USD
08 No.5 in A flat major. Allegro giusto 03:58 $ 0.83 USD
09 No.6 in C sharp minor. Allegro con moto 04:17 $ 0.90 USD
10 No.7 in A major. Allegretto grazioso 02:50 $ 0.60 USD
11 No.8 in F major. Un poco allegretto e grazioso 03:48 $ 0.80 USD
12 No.9 in D major. Andante con moto 02:21 $ 0.49 USD
13 No.10 in B flat minor. Andante 04:07 $ 0.86 USD
 
  Album total 68:39
ComposerDvorák, Antonín
ViolinTognetti, Richard
ConductorLindberg, Christian
OrchestraNordic Chamber Orchestra

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