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Brahms, Korngold: Violin Concertos / Nikolaj Znaider, Valery Gergiev, Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra

Album Summary

>Brahms, Johannes : Concerto for Violin in D major, Op. 77
>Korngold, Erich Wolfgang : Concerto for Violin in D major, Op. 35
Performer Conductor Ensemble Composers

Notes & Reviews:

Wherever violinist Nikolaj Znaider performs, he makes news. A critic's darling, reviewers worldwide agree that he is one of the leading musicians among the new generation of violinists. For his latest RCA Red Seal recording, Znaider joins forces with the internationally acclaimed Russian conductor Valery Gergiev and one of the world's leading ensembles, the Vienna Philharmonic, on a brilliant new live recording of the Brahms and Korngold Violin Concertos.

BBC Music Magazine
Nikolaj Znaider emerges as a deeply compelling artist, one whose winning combination of tonal opulence and glowing interpretative sincerity makes a stunning impact in the Korngold. ... his heart-felt sensitivity to mood and atmosphere, and the genuine warmth he imparts to the Brahms Concerto is nothing less than special.

The Observer
There's no denying Znaider's technical mastery, the whole thing feels lightweight and insincere.

The Independent on Sunday
Soloist Nikolaj Znaider's meticulously judged vibrato glows through the poignant Romance of Korngold's Violin Concerto while Valéry Gergiev works his quivering magic with the Wiener Philharmoniker.

Gramophone Magazine
Znaider is, for me, one of the greatest artists of his generation, and his consummate musicianship and glorious depth and range of tone are everywhere apparent, to particular effect in the Adagio of the Brahms (though I prefer the oboist on Repin's recording), where Znaider's discreet portamenti make the most of the floating lines. The Korngold... should have seemed a mere bonbon after the Brahms, but such is the commitment from Znaider, Gergiev and the orchestra that it's a wonder from start to finish.

The Telegraph
Znaider's own playing transmits thoughtfulness, expressive power, concentration and command of the nuances of phrasing, combined with an overarching sense of structure.

The Guardian
Korngold has rarely sounded more opulent or more gorgeous. Znaider plays it beautifully, too, with finely spun lines and a meltingly warm tone. Essential listening, if Korngold is your priority.

Classic FM Magazine
Znaider's virile virtuosity is just one glory of this CD: the Vienna Phil and Valery Gergiev offer fabulous orchestral sonorities too.



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Works Details

>Brahms, Johannes : Concerto for Violin in D major, Op. 77
  • Performer: Nikolaj Znaider (Violin)
  • Conductor: Valery Gergiev
  • Ensemble: Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Notes: Musikverein, Vienna, Austria (12/12/2006-12/19/2006)
  • Running Time: 41 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1878

>Korngold, Erich Wolfgang : Concerto for Violin in D major, Op. 35
  • Performer: Nikolaj Znaider (Violin)
  • Conductor: Valery Gergiev
  • Ensemble: Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Notes: Musikverein, Vienna, Austria (12/12/2006-12/19/2006)
  • Running Time: 25 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1945