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Stravinsky: Violin Concerto; Sibelius: Symphonies no 3 & 6 / Zehetmair, Northern Sinfonia

Album Summary

>Sibelius, Jean : Symphony no 3 in C major, Op. 52
>Stravinsky, Igor : Concerto for Violin in D major
>Sibelius, Jean : Symphony no 6 in D minor, Op. 104
Performer Conductor Ensemble Composers

Notes & Reviews:

Thomas Zehetmair returns with a new recording of Symphonies 3 & 6 by Jean Sibelius, and Stravinsky's Violin Concerto. All three works were recorded at the Sage Gateshead, home of Northern Sinfonia, and follow critically acclaimed Mozart recordings with Imogen Cooper and a Brahms/Schumann CD named CD of the month by BBC Music magazine (July 2007).

The Independent on Sunday
This framing of the Russian gadfly's neoclassical Violin Concerto in D with the sorrowful Finn's resinous Third and watery Sixth Symphonies is remarkably persuasive.

Sunday Times
With its rhythmic thrust and counterthrust, does the job well, especially given the conductor-come-soloist Thomas Zehetmair's taut, precisely coloured and articulated reading and the extraordinarily alert response of the excellent Northern Sinfonia. Their wind and brass players, especially, rise to the occasion.

The Guardian
Thomas Zehetmair directs the concerto from the violin; he brings the work alive marvellously, pirouetting his way through the central pair of arias like an operatic diva, and dispatching the outer movements with tremendous élan.

Gramophone Magazine
His tempi... are unsensational and highly effective, and he inspires readings of great expressive intensity.



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Works Details

>Sibelius, Jean : Symphony no 3 in C major, Op. 52
  • Performer: Thomas Zehetmair (Violin)
  • Conductor: Thomas Zehetmair
  • Ensemble: Northern Sinfonia
  • Notes: Hall One of The Sage Gateshead, England (09/20/2008-09/21/2008)
  • Running Time: 27 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1904-1907

>Stravinsky, Igor : Concerto for Violin in D major
  • Performer: Thomas Zehetmair (Violin)
  • Conductor: Thomas Zehetmair
  • Ensemble: Northern Sinfonia
  • Notes: Hall One of The Sage Gateshead, England (04/19/2007-04/22/2007)
  • Running Time: 20 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1931

>Sibelius, Jean : Symphony no 6 in D minor, Op. 104
  • Performer: Thomas Zehetmair (Violin)
  • Conductor: Thomas Zehetmair
  • Ensemble: Northern Sinfonia
  • Notes: Hall One of The Sage Gateshead, England (08/04/2007-08/05/2007)
  • Running Time: 25 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1923