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Romantic Violin Concerto Vol 3 - Jenö Hubay / Shaham, et al

Album Summary

>Hubay, Jenö : Concerto for Violin no 3 in G minor, Op. 99
>Hubay, Jenö : Variations sur un theme hongrois, for violin & orchestra in D minor, Op. 72
>Hubay, Jenö : Concerto for Violin no 4 in C major ("All'antica"), Op. 101
Performer Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

"Hagai Shaham is as polished and modern-sounding a virtuoso as Szecsodi is a relaxed, casual, Victorian-sounding one. I also find Hubay's concertos more stimulating than his salon pieces, not because they are more imaginative, but because the guise of virtuoso hero seem to suite him better." - Magil, ARG

'This third volume in Hyperion's Romantic Violin Concerto series may make you wonder why Hubay's Third Concerto has escaped the attention of virtually every fiddle player from Heifetz to Hahn. If, like me, you're a sucker for lashings of blistering virtuosity, strong, well-contrasted melodic content, and a substantial orchestral contribution, I promise that you will not be disappointed' (BBC Music Magazine)

'This essentially fun record could have gone for nothing without the superb playing of the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra under the redoubtable Martyn Brabbins, Andrew Keener's top-notch production values and, most especially, the jaw-dropping virtuosity of Hagai Shaham. Whatever Hubay throws at him, Shaham negotiates it with apparently nonchalant ease and invariably spotless intonation' (The Strad)

'These last two of Hubay's four violin concertos make a most attractive addition to Hyperion's emergent series of Romantic violin concertos... The Israeli soloist Hagai Shaham has the advantage of having been taught by one of Hubay's pupils, Ilona Feher. Not only does he relish the Hungarian inflections in a winningly idiomatic way, he plays with an ethereal purity in the many passages of stratospheric melody. As so often, Martyn Brabbins proves a most sympathetic partner, drawing committed playing from the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, helped by beautifully balanced, cleanly focused recording' (Gramophone)

'Shaham, who has no competition in these two works, plays them with great stylistic authority, providing all the dash the showy but never meretricious parts require' (Fanfare, USA)

'Hagai Shaham offers a deftly turned, heartfelt performance... The orchestral contribution is a winning ace' (International Record Review) 'an outstanding violinist' (The Guardian)

'glowing, flamboyant renditions' (Classic FM Magazine)

'Shaham's combination of grace, wit, and ardency, well supported by Brabbins, shows Hubay's lightweight romanticism in its best light' (Irish Times)

'Le violoniste israélien Hagai Shaham... en propose une vision pleine de panache au style exemplaire' (Diapason, France)

'Hagai Shaham plays like a major virtuoso... and genuinely seems to be enjoying himself with this beautifully crafted music... Hubay was a composer of substance, and this disc makes a very strong case for him. Do try to hear it' (ClassicsToday.com)

'Hagai Shaham plays like a foremost virtuoso, performing with total equanimity, managing the most difficult passages, which flow from his instrument with ease, and backed by an orchestra on top form' (Hi-Fi Plus)

'The Hungarian's Third Violin Concerto is a masterly exercise in the vein of Mendelssohn, complete with passages of astonishing virtuoso display, which the soloist Hagai Shaham accomplishes m suitably florid style. The 11 Hungarian Variations and the "Antique" Fourth Concerto make similarly exciting listening' (The Independent)



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Works Details

>Jenö Hubay (1858 - 1937) : Concerto for Violin no 3 in G minor, Op. 99
  • Performer: Hagai Shaham (Violin)
  • Conductor: Martyn Brabbins
  • Ensemble: BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: Greyfriars Church, Edinburgh, Scotland (12/13/2002/12/14/2002)
  • Running Time: 28 min. 57 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1907

>Jenö Hubay (1858 - 1937) : Variations sur un thème hongrois, for violin & orchestra in D minor, Op. 72
  • Performer: Hagai Shaham (Violin)
  • Conductor: Martyn Brabbins
  • Ensemble: BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: Greyfriars Church, Edinburgh, Scotland (12/13/2002/12/14/2002)
  • Running Time: 12 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Jenö Hubay (1858 - 1937) : Concerto for Violin no 4 in C major ("All'antica"), Op. 101
  • Performer: Hagai Shaham (Violin)
  • Conductor: Martyn Brabbins
  • Ensemble: BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: Greyfriars Church, Edinburgh, Scotland (12/13/2002/12/14/2002)
  • Running Time: 23 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1908