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Russian Violin Concertos / Julia Fischer, et al

Album Summary

>Khachaturian, Aram : Concerto for Violin in D minor
>Prokofiev, Sergey : Concerto for Violin no 1 in D major, Op. 19
>Glazunov, Alexander : Concerto for Violin in A minor, Op. 82
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Notes & Reviews:

"This performance takes the music seriously, and Fischer more than holds her own in the outer movements where the violin needs to be able to confront the orchestra fearlessly in their ongoing dialog. In the lengthy andante, once again Fischer projects passion and sincerity without excessive histrionics. Yakov Kreizberg, a fine conductor, offers well-drilled accompaniments from an orchestra obviously at home in the idiom, and sonically this is one of the best productions yet from Pentatone in multichannel format--realistic placement, good balances, and not too much rear channel. I look forward to hearing more of Julia Fischer." -Classics Today (9/10)

Penguin Guide
Could hardly be more recommendable, with warmly compelling performances from the brilliant young German virtuoso, superbly recorded in full, bright, clear sound...The clarity and freshness of her performance are what immediately strike home.

Gramophone Classical Music Guide
As Julia Fischer explains in the booklet-notes to this, her first CD, she has an abiding love of the Khachaturian Concerto, a work she found impossible to sell to concert-promoters. The freshness of her way with the Khachaturian is immediately striking in the chattering figuration of the opening, and she brings a rare tenderness to the lyrical second subject. The orchestral sound is impressive, too. Though Itzhak Perlman and Lydia Mordkovitch produce a beefier sound, the refinement of Fischer's performance makes it equally compelling. This concerto has claims to be the composer's finest work, claims which the yearning tenderness of the slow movement support.

The clarity of Fischer's performance in the finale brings lightness and sparkle.

In the Glazunov, too, it's the clarity and subtlety of Fischer's playing that marks out her reading. She finds the tenderness of the slow middle section of this one-movement work, and gives an easy swing to the bouncy rhythms of the final section. In the Prokofiev she takes a meditative view of the wistful melodies, the element, she says, that most attracts her, even if she does not quite reach the depths of Kyung-Wha Chung's version.

A unique coupling, superbly recorded, that could hardly be more recommendable.



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>Khachaturian, Aram : Concerto for Violin in D minor
  • Performer: Julia Fischer (Violin)
  • Conductor: Yakov Kreizberg
  • Ensemble: Russian National Orchestra
  • Notes: DZZ Studio 5, Moscow, Russia (05/12/2004-05/13/2004)
  • Running Time: 36 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1940

>Prokofiev, Sergey : Concerto for Violin no 1 in D major, Op. 19
  • Performer: Julia Fischer (Violin)
  • Conductor: Yakov Kreizberg
  • Ensemble: Russian National Orchestra
  • Notes: DZZ Studio 5, Moscow, Russia (05/12/2004-05/13/2004)
  • Running Time: 22 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1916-1917

>Glazunov, Alexander : Concerto for Violin in A minor, Op. 82
  • Performer: Julia Fischer (Violin)
  • Conductor: Yakov Kreizberg
  • Ensemble: Russian National Orchestra
  • Notes: DZZ Studio 5, Moscow, Russia (05/12/2004-05/13/2004)
  • Running Time: 20 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1904