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Rodolphe Kreutzer: Violin Concertos

Album Summary

>Kreutzer, Rodolphe : Concerto for Violin no 17 in G major
>Kreutzer, Rodolphe : Concerto for Violin no 18 in E minor
>Kreutzer, Rodolphe : Concerto for Violin no 19 in D minor
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Notes & Reviews:

Rodolphe Kreutzer's final three violin concertos are among his greatest achievements as a composer. While handling a Beethovenian orchestra with a craftsman's sure touch, it is the purity and depth of tone, energetic fire and complete technical mastery required of the soloist that set these works among the most perfect examples of the French violin concerto. Axel Strauss, Professor of Violin at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and heard on concert stages worldwide, has been acclaimed "an excellent violinist who plays these with wit and verve" (Limelight). Naxos plans to record all of Kreutzer's violin concertos.

"Their full-blooded playing is handily matched by Professor Strauss, whose rich, warm sound is worlds apart from Breuninger's shrill posturing. There seems little point in going into great detail on each of the concertos; these are splendid examples of the French violin school, set forth wonderfully well by the performers and the engineers." -American Record Guide

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Caroline H. Hume Concert Hall, San Francisco, Californi (2009-01-21&2009-01-23&2009-).



Reviews

Delightful Music!
This recording consists of the final three violin concertos (Nos. 17, 18, and 19) written by Rodolphe Kreutzer. I was previously unfamiliar with these works, but am delighted to add this music to my library! Concerto No. 17 in G major has a spritely and joyful feel to it, partially owing to the music itself but principally owing to the sheer sense of glee that Axel Strauss (violin) and the San Francisco Conservatory Orchestra (under Andrew Mogrelia) give to the color and energy of the performance. The ideas develop in a somewhat Haydnesque way, and all three movements are just a treat for the ears. Concerto No. 18 in E minor has a rather Beethovenian air to it from start to finish, beginning with a large serious sound, but giving way rather quickly to energetic and cheerfully focused music for the violin. The second movement (Adagio) is a more solitary opportunity for the soloist to demonstrate the tone and color of his instrument, and Mr. Strauss definitely shows us what his J.F. Pressenda (Turin 1845) can do and it is sweet. The third movement brings the piece to a close with some reflective music as well as a sampling of virtuosity from Mr. Strauss. Concerto No. 19 begins, like No. 18, with a Beethovenian flavor, but quickly becomes more Paganinni-esque, which gives the soloist the chance to again show off his technique. But in addition to being more than up to the challenge, Mr. Strauss also displays a sensitivity throughout the entire concerto that made this listener stop what he was doing and just listen. Great music, wonderfully performed. I highly recommend this disc.
Submitted on 01/24/11 by KlingonOpera 
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>Kreutzer, Rodolphe : Concerto for Violin no 17 in G major
  • Performer: Axel Strauss (Violin)
  • Conductor: Andrew Mogrelia
  • Notes: Caroline H. Hume Concert Hall, San Francisco, California, USA (2009-01-21&2009-01-23&2009-)
  • Running Time: 16 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Concerto

>Kreutzer, Rodolphe : Concerto for Violin no 18 in E minor
  • Performer: Axel Strauss (Violin)
  • Conductor: Andrew Mogrelia
  • Notes: Caroline H. Hume Concert Hall, San Francisco, California, USA (2009-01-21&2009-01-23&2009-)
  • Running Time: 28 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical

>Kreutzer, Rodolphe : Concerto for Violin no 19 in D minor
  • Performer: Axel Strauss (Violin)
  • Conductor: Andrew Mogrelia
  • Notes: Caroline H. Hume Concert Hall, San Francisco, California, USA (2009-01-21&2009-01-23&2009-)
  • Running Time: 25 min. 54 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical