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Weill, Vasks: Violin Concertos / Marwood, et al

Album Summary

>Weill, Kurt : Concerto for Violin & wind orchestra, Op. 12
>Vasks, Peteris : Tala gaisma (Distant Light), concerto for violin & string orchestra
Performer Conductor Ensemble Composers

Notes & Reviews:

Anthony Marwoods silvery tone and immaculate intonation is again on display in this fascinating disc.

'Anthony Marwood has championed the Vasks over a number of years and delivers a wonderfully moving and intense performance of the solo part. The strings of the ASMF are responsive partners ... Their colleagues in the wind, brass and percussion departments prove equally adept in the spiky passage work of the Weill, and the lack of a separate conductor doesn't inhibit Marwood from extracting the maximum degree of virtuosity and sensitivity from Weill's knotty writing ... a very special disc indeed' (BBC Music Magazine)

'Precise, yet generous in emotion, Anthony Marwood's violin is just what Kurt Weill's violin concerto needs ... Marwood, who also conducts, makes a splendid match with the Academy of St Martin in the Fields' (The Times)

'Marwood's sympathetic playing catches perfectly the musing feel of the whole work: 'nostalgia with a touch of tragedy', as Kremer put it. Both the orchestral playing and Hyperion's sound could scarcely be bettered' (The Strad)

'Anthony Marwood keeps a tighter grip on the structural tiller than either Kangas or Andreasson and plays with exquisite polish and intimacy of feeling; he also secures an exceptionally alert and involving contribution from his Academy forces' (Gramophone)

'Both are finely played by Anthony Marwood, who also directs; the Weill is wonderfully sleazy, particularly in the waltz-cum-nocturne that forms its kernel. Vasks's musings are an acquired taste, though admirers of Gorecki's Third Symphony and Arvo Pärt's music will find them fascinating' (The Guardian)

'Marwood directs both performances from the violin, yet his solid command of his troops - the ASMF in fine form - does nothing to take the immediacy away from his own playing, which is gripping from start to finish and furnished with abundant tonal variety and expressive response. The full-bodied sound, too, adds real impact' (The Daily Telegraph)

'Marwood's performances are magnificent, as is the orchestral playing, and Andrew Keener's production is one of the finest I have ever heard from him - which is saying something. A stunning disc, comprehensively recommended' (International Record Review)

Gramophone Classical Music Guide
This new account of Vasks's Distant Light swells the number of recordings it has garnered to five, an amazing statistic for a work premiered as recently as August 1997. Then again, perhaps we shouldn't be too surprised: the Latvian's music speaks without artifice and offers an enticing blend of unspoilt beauty, compassionate heartache and superior compositional craft. Of all the competing versions, Gidon Kremer's pioneering Teldec reading has a charisma, intensity and concentration that are wholly arresting. More's the pity it has been deleted, so head-of-the-pack status must now pass to this excellently engineered newcomer. Anthony Marwood keeps a tight grip on the structural tiller and plays with exquisite polish and intimacy of feeling; he also secures an exceptionally alert and involving contribution from his Academy forces.

Winds, percussion and double basses assemble for the coupling, Kurt Weill's ambitious early Violin Concerto of 1923-24, which receives as persuasive and vital a performance as any. Marwood and company quarry every ounce of bony lyricism and spooky burlesque from what can initially seem a rather dry, unyielding creation. Again, the sound is vividly realistic (if lacking just a whisker in bite and focus), and the disc as a whole certainly bodes well for Marwood's tenure as artistic director of the Irish CO.



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>Weill, Kurt : Concerto for Violin & wind orchestra, Op. 12
  • Performer: Anthony Marwood (Violin)
  • Conductor: Anthony Marwood
  • Ensemble: Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
  • Notes: Henry Wood Hall, London, England (12/07/2004-12/09/2004)
  • Running Time: 16 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 04/1924-05/1924

>Vasks, Peteris : Tala gaisma (Distant Light), concerto for violin & string orchestra
  • Performer: Anthony Marwood (Violin)
  • Conductor: Anthony Marwood
  • Ensemble: Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
  • Notes: Henry Wood Hall, London, England (12/07/2004-12/09/2004)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 52 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1996