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Mendelssohn, Tchaikovsky: Violin Concertos / Arabella Steinbacher, violin; Orchestre de la Suisse Romande; Dutoit

Album Summary

>Mendelssohn, Felix : Concerto for Violin in D minor
>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Concerto for Violin in D major, Op. 35
Performer Conductor Ensembles Composers

Notes & Reviews:

This release features arguably the two greatest concertos ever written for the violin: performed by one of the most brilliant violinists of her generation, together with one of the finest orchestras, and under the baton of one of the world's foremost conductors. This recording of the Tchaikovsky and Mendelssohn violin concertos bears witness to the eminence of the collaboration between violinist Arabella Steinbacher, famed conductor Charles Dutoit and the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande and the result thereof. German violinist Arabella Steinbacher has firmly established herself as one of today's leading international violinists, with the New York Times reporting that she plays with, "Balanced lyricism and fire - among her assets are a finely polished technique and a beautifully varied palette of timbres." After her debut with the CSO, the Chicago Tribune reported, "From her magical entry over hushed orchestral strings to the biting swagger she brought to the dancing finale, it was evident that her feeling for this music runs as deep as her technical command."

Gramophone Magazine, July 2015
Steinbacher and Charles Dutoit make an emphatic partnership but don't reveal anything in either work that we don't know already. Steinbacher's sweet tone and collegial manner are positives but leave one wishing she could be more assertive at times...one could hardly wish for a more expressive account of both concertos.

The Telegraph, 20th June 2015
She delivers interpretations of these two well-known scores that have an innate sensitivity to the individual language of each, carrying the expressive lines with a natural feel for contour, etching in shades of timbre with subtlety and at the same time having a clear idea of the music's dramatic trajectory. No grandstanding, no exaggeration. This is just refined, instinctive playing.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Victoria Hall, Geneva, Switzerland (09/2014).



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>Mendelssohn, Felix : Concerto for Violin in D minor
  • Performer: Arabella Steinbacher (Violin)
  • Conductor: Charles Dutoit
  • Ensemble: Orchestre de la Suisse Romande
  • Running Time: 30 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 09/16/1844

>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Concerto for Violin in D major, Op. 35
  • Performer: Arabella Steinbacher (Violin)
  • Conductor: Charles Dutoit
  • Running Time: 38 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1878