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Elgar: Violin Concerto

Album Summary

>Elgar, Edward : The Kingdom, Op. 51
>Elgar, Edward : Concerto for Violin in B minor, Op. 61
>Elgar, Edward : The Dream of Gerontius
Performers Conductor Ensemble
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Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Following their success in the 2009 Classic FM Gramophone Awards, the Halle and Sir Mark Elder return to the music of Elgar, coupling the beloved Violin Concerto with the Prelude to the lesser-known oratorio The Kingdom and Elgar’s own arrangement of highlights from The Dream of Gerontius.

"Aha: this is what I've been waiting for. Of late it has seemed as if every megastar violinist around has fallen for Elgar's Concerto but to my mind this latest version blows the others - Ehnes (Onyx) and Znaider (RCA) included - out of the water. Where Znaider's performance was one of large-scale projection and an overtly sensual reaction to the score, Zehetmair's reading is one of greater intimacy, while its intensity holds you in an iron grip from first note to last.

We're also reminded how key the conductor's contribution is, in this of all concertos. Remember the way Handley, in Kennedy's first EMI recording, never let his violinist overdo the swooning, moody beauty? Or Wood's almost demented energy for Sammons (Pearl)? Zehetmair has in Sir Mark Elder a natural and hugely experienced Elgarian (how his Prelude from the unfairly maligned The Kingdom makes one long for a complete recording), the magnificent opening tutti full of detail without becoming overburdened by unwarranted slowings. And when Zehetmair makes his entry we're immediately pulled into his sound world, rather than him projecting out: unlike Ehnes and Znaider he doesn't sound unduly spotlit. From the first, there's no cushioning of Elgar's angst - which won't necessarily be to all tastes but which to me seems to get closer to the heart of the piece than many. Zehetmair's technical finesse is unassailable too, particularly in the outer movements - and the Hallé's brass players are on particularly fine form.

In the slow movement Zehetmair and Elder are quietly moving, with the kind of unhistrionic approach that allows the music's latent beauty to flower, very much in the way that Alice Coote does in her heartfelt reading of the non-choral version of the Angel's Farewell from Gerontius. It's a fittingly poignant ending to an exceptionally fine contribution to the modern-day Elgar discography." - Gramophone Awards, 2010 / Concerto winner

The Observer
This is a fascinating document for Elgar-lovers, but Little's performance, wistful, poetic and powerful, with sympathetic accompaniment from Davis and the RSNO, demands attention in its own right.

Gramophone Magazine
This latest version blows the others...out of the water..Zehetmair's reading is one of greater intimacy, whilst its intensity holds you in an iron grip from first note to last...In the slow movement Zehetmair and Elder are quietly moving, with the kind of unhistrionic approach that allows the music's latent beauty to flower

Sunday Times
Zehetmair and Elder scrupulously observe Elgar's copious expression marks, the soloist's expansive phrasing enhanced by judicious portamento and exquisite filigree decoration. Elder's understanding of tempo variegation in this music is now second nature to him...he shows again that he and the Hallé have few rivals in this music.

BBC Music Magazine
Zehetmair...is able to marry impassioned purpose with appreciation of Elgar's complexity...Mark Elder's direction is stunning...there's a warm glow about the Hallé sound that adds an extra strand of specialness.

The Telegraph
Risk-taking and passionately intense

The Guardian
[an] exceptional recording of the work, Zehetmair's playing is...passionate and openly expressive.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Bridgewater Hall, Manchester, England.



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Works Details

>Elgar, Edward : The Kingdom, Op. 51 :: Prelude
  • Conductor: Mark Elder
  • Running Time: 9 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1905-1906

>Elgar, Edward : Concerto for Violin in B minor, Op. 61
  • Performer: Thomas Zehetmair (Violin)
  • Conductor: Mark Elder
  • Notes: Bridgewater Hall, Manchester, England (05/03/2008-05/04/2008)
  • Running Time: 48 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1909-1910

>Elgar, Edward : The Dream of Gerontius :: Prelude and the Angel's Farewell
  • Performer: Alice Coote (Mezzo-soprano)
  • Conductor: Mark Elder
  • Notes: Bridgewater Hall, Manchester, England (07/15/2008-07/19/2008)
  • Running Time: 10 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1900

>Elgar, Edward : The Dream of Gerontius :: Prelude and the Angel's Farewell
  • Performer: Alice Coote (Mezzo-soprano)
  • Conductor: Mark Elder
  • Notes: Bridgewater Hall, Manchester, England (07/15/2008-07/19/2008)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 58 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1900