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Bartok: Violin Concerto No. 2; Tchaikovsky: Violin Concerto / Valeriy Sokolov, violin

Audio Samples

>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Concerto for Violin in D major, Op. 35
>Bartók, Béla : Concerto for Violin no 2 in B minor, Sz. 112, BB 117

Album Summary

>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Concerto for Violin in D major, Op. 35
>Bartók, Béla : Concerto for Violin no 2 in B minor, Sz. 112, BB 117
Performer Conductor Ensemble Composers

Notes & Reviews:

The young Ukrainian violinist Valeriy Sokolov, whose playing "requires every superlative in dictionary" (Classic FM Magazine), releases his first recording as an exclusive Virgin Classics artist, a pairing of Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto and Bartók's Violin Concerto No 2. The 24-year-old Ukrainian, who was featured in the Bruno Monsaingeon 2006 documentary, Natural born fiddler, is joined by conductor David Zinman and the Tonhalle Orchester. This new concerto program combines great works from the 19th and 20th centuries, both containing elements of folk music. The Strad described one of his performances as "full of effective contrasts, steel alternating with velvet ... his sound sumptuous when he gave it free rein and thrilling when high on the G string. It was dramatic and exhilarating, and bound together by a firm sense of direction."

The French director Bruno Monsaingeon first encountered Sokolov when the violinist was 16 and studying at the Yehudi Menuhin School in the UK on a scholarship he had won in the Pablo Sarasate Competition. "Not the slightest tension marred the impression he gave of total ease with his instrument," says Monsaingeon, " ... Absolute control of technique, a musical maturity ... and above all an utter abandonment to the flow of the music". Sokolov, who in 2005 won the Grand Prix of the George Enescu International Competition, went on to study at London's Royal College of Music.

"Tchaikovsky comes across with freshness and depth of feeling, fostered by Sokolov’s lustrous tone. There is brilliance without ostentation, qualities that apply equally to the Bartók, with the Tonhalle Orchestra providing a luminous backcloth." -The Daily Telegraph

Classic FM Magazine, February 2012
With commanding entries and beautiful phrasing, the sheer eloquence of his playing is a joy with the orchestra responding beautifully. His performance of Bartok's Second Concerto is a revelation. After the opening Hungarian rhythms played with easy flair, the second movement's hushed intensity takes your breath away, until the thrill and dynamism of the thrid movement keeps you on the edge of your seat.

Gramophone Magazine
Sokolov has the measure of both of these concertos and sounds entirely comfortable coping with their different technical demands...Zinman and his orchestra provide exceptionally finely balanced, well-paced support. In the Bartok, Sokolov is particularly convincing in the passionate music of the outer movements, attacking it with verve, rhythmic precision and fine, vibrant tone.

The Arts Desk
Valeriy Sokolov's performance is technically fearless, gritty in places but soft-centred where it needs to be. Bart=k needs advocacy like this, and anyone who's new to the work should dive in...David Zinman's Swiss orchestra offers tight, responsive backing.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Tonhalle, Zürich, Switzerland (10/29/2010-11/02/2010).



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Works Details

>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Concerto for Violin in D major, Op. 35
  • Performer: Valeriy Sokolov (Violin)
  • Conductor: David Zinman
  • Ensemble: Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich
  • Notes: Tonhalle, Zürich, Switzerland (10/29/2010-11/02/2010)
  • Running Time: 35 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1878

>Béla Bartók (Composer) (1881 - 1945) : Concerto for Violin no 2 in B minor, Sz. 112, BB 117
  • Performer: Valeriy Sokolov (Violin)
  • Conductor: David Zinman
  • Ensemble: Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich
  • Notes: Tonhalle, Zürich, Switzerland (10/29/2010-11/02/2010)
  • Running Time: 38 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1937-1938