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The Romantic Violin Concerto Vol. 16: Busoni: Violin Concerto Op. 35a; Strauss: Violin Concerto Op. 8 / Tanja Becker-Bender, violin

Album Summary

>Busoni, Ferruccio : Concerto for Violin in D major, Op. 35a/K 243
>Busoni, Ferruccio : Benedictus aus der Missa Solemnis, transcription for violin & orchestra (after Beethoven, Op. 123),
>Strauss, Richard : Concerto for Violin in D minor, Op. 8 (TrV 110)
Performer Conductor Ensembles Composers

Notes & Reviews:

American Record Guide, November/December 2014
The concerto is a competent piece. The themes themselves are adequate, if generic, and well developed. II exploits the soloist's lower register and has some good horn writing - the shape of things to come. III, is more like a brilliant tarantella. The conclusion recaps a theme from I. This performance is also a standout - in fact, interpretively, the best I've heard. In a devilish solo part, Becker-Bender makes the music resound. I imagine after the finale the fingers of her left hand would need a "finger spa" treatment. Walker's pacing and interpretation are fine, Hyperion's sound the same.

German violinist Tanja Becker-Bender returns to the Romantic Violin Concerto series along with Hyperion house band the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra conducted by Garry Walker. Volume sixteen features concertos by Busoni and Strauss. In D major, the key of Beethoven's and Brahms's violin concertos, Busoni's Violin Concerto is clearly intended to continue their lineage although it never descends into mere imitation. The seventeen-year-old Strauss wrote his Violin Concerto during his final year at the Ludwigsgymnasium. The work is fairly unknown on the concert platform, but Becker-Bender's interpretation should win it new friends.

Gramophone Magazine, September 2014
She plays with ...sweet tone, sureness [of] intonation and complete understanding of Busoni's music...She plays [the Strauss][ for all its worth though cannot disguise the longueurs of the opening...Her accounts of the Lento ma non troppo and concluding Prestissimo are winning. An excellent disc.

James Longstaffe, Presto Classical, 21st July 2014
This performance [of the Strauss] is very persuasive indeed...The real discovery of the disc for me, however, was definitely the Busoni concerto. This piece was completely new to me, but it's full of fantastic music and such imaginative touches of orchestration that I was instantly hooked...It's a wonderful performance, and has definitely converted me to the Busoni cause!

The Guardian, 21st August 2014
[The Busoni] audibly haunted by the ghosts of Beethoven and Brahms's violin concertos, but at just 23 minutes long, it's far less daunting. It's tuneful and easygoing too, and as Tanja Becker-Bender's performance on the latest instalment of Hyperion's romantic violin concerto series underlines, it's hard to understand why it isn't performed more often.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: City Halls, Candleriggs, Glasgow (06/27/2013-06/28/2013).



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>Busoni, Ferruccio : Concerto for Violin in D major, Op. 35a/K 243
  • Performer: Tanja Becker-Bender (Violin)
  • Conductor: Garry Walker
  • Ensemble: BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: City Halls, Candleriggs, Glasgow (06/27/2013-06/28/2013)
  • Running Time: 23 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: ?/?1896-03/1897

>Busoni, Ferruccio : Benedictus aus der Missa Solemnis, transcription for violin & orchestra (after Beethoven, Op. 123),
  • Performer: Tanja Becker-Bender (Violin)
  • Conductor: Garry Walker
  • Notes: City Halls, Candleriggs, Glasgow (06/27/2013-06/28/2013)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1916

>Strauss, Richard : Concerto for Violin in D minor, Op. 8 (TrV 110)
  • Performer: Tanja Becker-Bender (Violin)
  • Conductor: Garry Walker
  • Notes: City Halls, Candleriggs, Glasgow (06/27/2013-06/28/2013)
  • Running Time: 30 min. 45 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1880-1882