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Romantic Violin Concerto, Vol. 9 / Concertos by Ferdinand David

Album Summary

>David, Ferdinand : Concerto for Violin no 4 in E major, Op. 23
>David, Ferdinand : Concerto for Violin no 5 in D minor, Op. 35
>David, Ferdinand : Andante and Scherzo capriccioso, for violin & orchestra, Op. 16
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Notes & Reviews:

Ferdinand David is principally known today as the dedicatee of Mendelssohn's violin concerto. But in his time he was also celebrated as a composer. His output included two symphonies, five violin concertos, a string sextet, quartets, several sets of variations and volumes of studies for violin, choral works and some lieder. His works had considerable success in his lifetime, and their revival reveals highly attractive music of phenomenal accomplishment. Bearing in mind David's close affinity with Mendelssohn it is hardly surprising that some of his music has a fairly Mendelssohnian character. Hagai Shaham, a regular of this series and a master of the 19th century virtuoso idiom, performs these works with his usual panache, ably accompanied by the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and Martyn Brabbins.

'David's slow movements are especially appealing ... but you can turn almost anywhere here to find unreserved melodic delight ... Hagai Shaham's playing is sweetness itself, and he's secure in every technical detail ... Under Martyn Brabbins' alert direction, the BBC Scottish players impart a refreshing clarity to David's Mendelssohnian orchestral writing, their attentiveness supported in Andrew Keener's transparent recording ... In short, this disc offers an hour of unremitting pleasure which you would be daft to deny yourself' (International Record Review)

'Sweet melody coupled with passages of virtuosic fire, underpinned with graceful, discreet orchestral writing' (The Observer)

'Hagai Shaham delivers a fastidious and vivacious sympathy to the flow of figures, a real acolyte of an otherwise marginal repertory' (American Record Guide, USA)

'Hagai Shaham pulls off that great virtuoso trick of making the music sound complex, but also making clear that he has every note under his fingers and that he is not sweating it. To non-violinist listeners, the greatest attraction of this music is its lyricism, and Shaham always brings this to the fore, especially in the exquisitely crafted middle movements ... Excellent playing from the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, who again demonstrate that they are a force to be reckoned with' (MusicWeb.com)

Classic FM Magazine
Hagai Shaham possess a relatively small-scale, sweet sound that is absolutely ideal for this repertoire. He retains his 'cantabile' composure at all times, even when the notes start flying...Shaham and the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra (at their most sparkling and sensitive under Martyn Brabbins) play with supreme virtuoso ease throughout).

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: City Halls, Candleriggs, Glasgow (12/09/2009-12/10/2009).



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>David, Ferdinand : Concerto for Violin no 4 in E major, Op. 23
  • Performer: Hagai Shaham (Violin)
  • Conductor: Martyn Brabbins
  • Notes: City Halls, Candleriggs, Glasgow (12/09/2009-12/10/2009)
  • Running Time: 25 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Concerto

>David, Ferdinand : Concerto for Violin no 5 in D minor, Op. 35
  • Performer: Hagai Shaham (Violin)
  • Conductor: Martyn Brabbins
  • Notes: City Halls, Candleriggs, Glasgow (12/09/2009-12/10/2009)
  • Running Time: 23 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Concerto

>David, Ferdinand : Andante and Scherzo capriccioso, for violin & orchestra, Op. 16
  • Performer: Hagai Shaham (Violin)
  • Conductor: Martyn Brabbins
  • Notes: City Halls, Candleriggs, Glasgow (12/09/2009-12/10/2009)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic