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The Romantic Violin Concerto Vol 7 - Arensky, Taneyev / Gringolts, Volkov, et al

Album Summary

>Arensky, Anton [Composer] : Concerto for Violin & orchestra in A minor, Op. 54
>Taneyev, Sergei : Suite de concert for Violin and Orchestra, Op. 28
Performer Conductor Ensemble Composers

Notes & Reviews:

This disc juxtaposes two significant Russian works for violin and orchestra, each written by a composer with a close relationship to Tchaikovsky and each dedicated to the great violinist Leopold Auer. Both concertos are formidable display pieces and Ilya Gringolts, one of the great young violin virtuosos of today, dazzles in this repertoire. He is ably supported by the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra under Ilan Volkov. Arensky's concerto is a model of the flowering of Russian romantic nationalism and Tchaikovsky's influence on his friend is pleasingly evident. Taneyev's much larger Suite de concert is a clever synthesis of different styles from Baroque to Romantic and includes a musical homage to Tchaikovsky.

'These two products of Russia's Silver Age go well together on disc ... Ilya Gringolts is a fine advocate for both works, combining brilliance and idiomatic sensitivity, and enjoying fine support from Volkov and the BBC Scottish ... In short, another superbly conceived and truthfully recorded addition to Hyperion's Romantic Violin Concerto series' (Gramophone)

'Gringolts' fluency, virtuosity and lyrical intensity have been much and rightly admired and this record I'm almost tempted to say is his best yet. He is expertly and sensitively partnered by Ilan Volkov and the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra' (BBC Music Magazine)

'This latest disc of Arensky's Violin Concerto, superbly played by Ilya Gringolts and the BBC Scottish, sets the seal on a work that merits far more attention than it gets ... In some ways it emulates Tchaikovsky's concerto in its dramatic thrust and the resourceful, Romantic flourish of its solo part ... [Taneyev's Suite de Concert] As this fine performance shows, Taneyev's legendary thoroughness in his compositional procedures by no means stifled his creative imagination, and the suite fully complements Arensky's concerto in its fund of ideas' (The Daily Telegraph)

'The Arensky is a delicious and unfairly neglected confection ... I recommend it to anyone who loves the violin concerto of Tchaikovsky ... It's lots of fun, and Gringolts dispatches the tricky passages with great aplomb' (Mail on Sunday)

'Gringolts is a persuasive champion. He tosses off the acrobatic fretwork with breath-taking ease. His tone can be rich and dark or delicate and shimmering, and remains flawlessly pure at all times. Best of all, he enters into the heart-on-sleeve quality of the music... These inspiring violin works allow Gingolts to display his stylistic versatillity along with his tonal palette and command of the stratosphere' (Strings Magazine, USA)

Gramophone Classical Music Guide
Arensky's Concerto is a continuous, four-in one, 20-minute movement, Mendelssohnian in style, elegantly turned at every stage, and with a relatively undemanding solo part that would be perfect for students looking for something other than Bruch to limber up on. Taneyev's Suite is far more ambitious, not to say hybrid in form, encompassing a neo-Baroque Prelude and Gavotte, a Schumannesque 'folktale', a Theme with seven variations and coda, and a final Tarantella, all in a 40-minute structure that needs a soloist of outstanding technical command and expressive range.

Ilya Gringolts is fine advocate for both works, combining brilliance and idiomatic sensitivity, and enjoying fine support from Volkov and the BBC Scottish. In short, another superbly conceived and truthfully recorded addition to Hyperion's 'Romantic Violin Concerto' series.



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>Arensky, Anton [Composer] : Concerto for Violin & orchestra in A minor, Op. 54
  • Performer: Ilya Gringolts (Violin)
  • Conductor: Ilan Volkov
  • Ensemble: BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: City Halls, Candleriggs, Glasgow, Scotland (09/18/2008-09/19/2008)
  • Running Time: 18 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1891

>Taneyev, Sergei : Suite de concert for Violin and Orchestra, Op. 28
  • Performer: Ilya Gringolts (Violin)
  • Conductor: Ilan Volkov
  • Ensemble: BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: City Halls, Candleriggs, Glasgow, Scotland (09/18/2008-09/19/2008)
  • Running Time: 27 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1908-1909