Paganini: Violin Concerto No. 1; Tchaikovsky: Serenade

Audio Samples

>Paganini, Niccolò : Concerto for Violin no 1 in D major, Op. 6
>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Serenade melancolique for Violin and Orchestra in B minor, Op. 26
>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Valse-Scherzo for Violin and Orchestra in C major, Op. 34

Album Summary

>Paganini, Niccolò : Concerto for Violin no 1 in D major, Op. 6
>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Serenade melancolique for Violin and Orchestra in B minor, Op. 26
>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Valse-Scherzo for Violin and Orchestra in C major, Op. 34
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Notes & Reviews:

Midori has yet to celebrate her 40th birthday, but has been performing in public at the highest level for over 30 years. This remarkable recording was made when she was just 13 years old, and has been one of the benchmark versions of this concerto ever since.

Paganini's First Concerto is given in its complete version, and is the most popular of his six violin concertos, displaying not only his extraordinary virtuosity, but also his great gift for melody.

Recording made in 1987

Booklet notes

"A splendid new version of Paganini's Violin Concerto in D, the most famous, because of the enticing lyrical theme of the first movement. Midori, an astonishingly accomplished 13-year-old, is fully equal to the work's formidable technical demands and one is never made to feel uncomfortable when she is dealing with the pyrotechnics of the upper tessitura ... Midori offers good performances of two Tchaikovsky morceaux de concert, producing some ravishingly melancholy timbre in the Sérénade mélancolique."- Gramophone

American Record Guide
[Midori's] technique is absolutely perfect, and her virtuosity impeccable, and she plays the long first movement with such long-lined lyricism, deliberate glissandos, and assurance in her changes of tempo between themes that I listened to Paganini's music with respect rather than as a shallow showpiece.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Henry Wood Hall, London (05/26/1987).



Reviews

Perfection
WOW! This is perfection! Midori wows the audience with her precise and clean execution. Not only that, but she plays with such fire and emotion. I’d love to see her in person. I feel as though this would be a very moving performance…already I am moved by the recording. It’s got to be one of my favorite instrumental recordings that I own.
Submitted on 01/02/11 by C Briley 
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Works Details

>Niccolò Paganini (Composer/Violin) (1782 - 1840) : Concerto for Violin no 1 in D major, Op. 6
  • Performer: Midori (Violin)
  • Conductor: Leonard Slatkin
  • Running Time: 35 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1815-1816

>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Sérénade mélancolique for Violin and Orchestra in B minor, Op. 26
  • Performer: Midori (Violin)
  • Conductor: Leonard Slatkin
  • Notes: Composition written: 1875.
  • Running Time: 9 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1875

>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Valse-Scherzo for Violin and Orchestra in C major, Op. 34
  • Performer: Midori (Violin)
  • Conductor: Leonard Slatkin
  • Running Time: 6 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1877