Lalo: Symphony Espagnole / Zubin Mehta, Shlomo Mintz

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>Lalo, Edouard : Symphonie espagnole, for violin & orchestra in D minor, Op. 21
>Vieuxtemps, Henri : Concerto for Violin no 5 in A minor, Op. 37 "Gretry"
>Saint-Saëns, Camille : Havanaise for Violin and Orchestra in E major, Op. 83

Album Summary

>Lalo, Edouard : Symphonie espagnole, for violin & orchestra in D minor, Op. 21
>Vieuxtemps, Henri : Concerto for Violin no 5 in A minor, Op. 37 "Gretry"
>Saint-Saëns, Camille : Havanaise for Violin and Orchestra in E major, Op. 83
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Notes & Reviews:

"Mintz plays the piece with fine panache: his treatment of the gorgeous, lilting secondary theme of the first movement is tenderly seductive, while the Scherzo dances with a delicious feathery weightlessness, its lyrical strain enticingly Carmenesque. The habanera rhythms of the Intermezzo are certainly touched with G string voluptuousness but, again, there is an element of restraint, which shows the true artist not overplaying his hand. Mintz understandably lets himself go in the gorgeous theme of the Andante, singing it with a special kind of Hebrew intensity. Then the release comes in the finale, which throws off sparks of all hues like a Catherine wheel.

Mehta, who has produced rather heavy rhythms at the opening of both the first and third movement, begins the Rondo with delicacy, and then lets Mintz carry the piece with his scintillating violinistic coloratura and rich-timbred lyricism. It must be said that one of the reasons that the orchestral tuttis sound a little dark and heavy is the acoustic of the Mann Auditorium, never an ideal recording venue, though here it has no effect on the soloist, who floats clear and free.

The Vieuxtemps concerto brings out the best in both violinist and conductor. It is a comparatively short but very rewarding work in the Paganini mould, and (unlike some of the Paganini concertos) doesn't outstay its welcome. The first movement has a strong, dashing opening and then produces a quite lovely theme, which Mintz 'magics' with a rhapsodic, ruminative quality, playing it with passion and tenderness in turn. When it returns gently (at 4'40") the Paganinian flavour is very striking. A really impressive cadenza takes the place of an orchestral recapitulation and leads to the melting Adagio (based on a theme from Grêtry's opera Lucile - the work was at one time known as the `Gretry Concerto'), very delectable too, as Mintz appreciates. He introduces it with almost ethereal gentleness and (at 2'28") produces a pianissimo reprise to make one catch one's breath. The Allegro con fuoco finale flies past in just over a minute, yet manages to reintroduce the two principal themes of the first movement in the same breath.

All great virtuosos revel in Saint-Saens's Introduction and Rondo capriccioso, and Mehta stands back to let Mintz dazzle us, which he does with much finesse, superb bowing sophistication and entertaining aplomb. - Gramophone [3/1992, reviewing a previous release of these recordings]

'Mintz plays the piece with fine panache: his treatment of the gorgeous, lilting secondary theme of the first movement is tenderly seductive, while the Scherzo dances with a delicious feathery weightlessness, its lyrical strain enticingly Carmenesque. The habanera rhythms of the Intermezzo are certainly touched with G string voluptuousness but, again, there is an element of restraint, which shows the true artist not overplaying his hand' -Gramophone

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Frederic R. Mann Auditorium, Tel Aviv (10/20/1988-10/27/1988).



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>Lalo, Edouard : Symphonie espagnole, for violin & orchestra in D minor, Op. 21
  • Performer: Shlomo Mintz (Violin)
  • Conductor: Zubin Mehta
  • Notes: Frederic R. Mann Auditorium, Tel Aviv (10/20/1988-10/27/1988)
  • Running Time: 31 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1874

>Vieuxtemps, Henri : Concerto for Violin no 5 in A minor, Op. 37 "Grétry"
  • Performer: Shlomo Mintz (Violin)
  • Conductor: Zubin Mehta
  • Notes: Frederic R. Mann Auditorium, Tel Aviv (10/20/1988-10/27/1988)
  • Running Time: 18 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1861

>Camille Saint-Saëns (1835 - 1921) : Havanaise for Violin and Orchestra in E major, Op. 83
  • Performer: Shlomo Mintz (Violin)
  • Conductor: Zubin Mehta
  • Notes: Frederic R. Mann Auditorium, Tel Aviv (10/20/1988-10/27/1988)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1863