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Karol Szymanowski: Violin Concertos; Myths / Baiba Skride, violin; Vasily Petrenko; Lauma Skride

Album Summary

>Szymanowski, Karol : Concerto for Violin no 1, Op. 35, M37
>Szymanowski, Karol : Concerto for Violin no 2, Op. 61
>Szymanowski, Karol : Myths (3), Op. 30
Performers Conductor Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Baiba Skride is almost unparalleled in her virtuosic, idiomatic mastery of the standard solo violin repertoire. But that is not all, for her concert calendar and her discography also repeatedly feature works by lesser-known composers. In September 2013 she played Karol Szymanowski's First Violin Concerto at the Proms in London, accompanied by the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of Vasily Petrenko. She has also recorded the same composer's Second Violin Concerto in the studio, along with the duo cycle Myths with Lauma Skride at the piano. Szymanowski's music fascinates above all on account of its stylistic variety. The early piano and chamber music clearly betrays the influence of Skryabin and Chopin. On his journeys through Europe and Africa, Szymanowski's music developed further. Initially inspired by the music of Wagner, Strauss and Schreker, he then became increasingly attracted by archaic topics and drew on these in his musical concepts. The abovementioned works in Baiba Skride's most recent recording allow us to trace this path that Szymanowski took.

The Guardian, 28th August 2014
The tone of Skride's performance is set even before she makes her first appearance, as Vasily Petrenko launches the glinting, nocturnal introduction...When the violinist does enter, the crisply-etched profile of her playing ensures that the performance never lingers, nor is it allowed to be purely decorative. It brings a totally fresh perspective to the work.

The Telegraph, 15th September 2014
Petrenko and Skride are completely as one in defining the tone of both concertos...Skride's range of timbre, like the astute blend and highlighting of colours that Petrenko draws from the Oslo Philharmonic, is an equally captivating feature of this magnetic performance [of the Second].

MusicWeb International, 7th November 2014
Skride has a vast range of colours in her violin tone and Petrenko provides very detailed accompaniment...For an all-Szymanowski programme, this current one will be hard to equal. Indeed, the artists have set a new standard for the violin concertos...I have reviewed many superb recordings this year, but none finer than this one.

Gramophone Magazine, November 2014
Skride easily holds her own in illustrious company, her tone silvery bright, her responses to Vasily Petrenko's alert (but never spiky) accompaniment quick off the mark. The lyrical aspects of the work - and there are many - are conveyed with a winning sense of poetry.

BBC Music Magazine, Christmas 2014
The First Concerto's opening here is vigorous and cleanly etched, with detailed recording...Skride's performance...is full of tonal variety, and fearless in the often vertiginous tessitura. She and Vasily Petrenko don't short-change the more dynamic sections though...[in Mythes] the partnership with her sister is a joy.

International Record Review, January 2015
[Skride] has control of even the most hair-raising passagework... more impressive still, though, is Skride's ability to encompass the work's constantly shifting tones of voice, without ever losing her sense of balance, and without ever letting her tone falter. The music's calls for portamentos are dextrously handled, and she maintains an enviable tonal purity.

American Record Guide, March/April 2015
In Szymanowski's Concerto 1, from the rich alto sound of her lowest register to the "Messaienic" sounds in her highest notes, she is beyond technique as she captures both the flowing, seamless form and the chirping, twittering, heavenly long-lined, ethereal atmosphere of this masterpiece that must have been composed in a tropical aviary. Baiba Skride, on the other hand, lolls too much. She uses her own beautiful "beyond technique" sound to serve up supremely beautiful vignettes.



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>Szymanowski, Karol : Concerto for Violin no 1, Op. 35, M37
  • Performer: Baiba Skride (Violin)
  • Conductor: Vasily Petrenko
  • Ensemble: Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Notes: Oslo Concert Hall (02/14/2013-02/15/2013)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 54 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1916

>Szymanowski, Karol : Concerto for Violin no 2, Op. 61
  • Performer: Baiba Skride (Violin)
  • Conductor: Vasily Petrenko
  • Notes: Oslo Concert Hall (02/14/2013-02/15/2013)
  • Running Time: 19 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1932-1933

>Szymanowski, Karol : Myths (3), Op. 30
  • Performers: Baiba Skride (Violin); Lauma Skride (Piano)
  • Running Time: 20 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1915