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Hubay: Violin Concertos no 1 & 2 / Chloë Hanslip, Jeno Hubay, et al

Album Summary

>Hubay, Jenö : Concerto for Violin no 1 in A minor ("Dramatique"), Op. 21
>Hubay, Jenö : Scene de la Csarda no 3 for violin & piano ("Maros Vize"), Op. 18
>Hubay, Jenö : Scene de la Csarda no 4 for violin & piano ("Hejre Kati"), Op. 32
>Hubay, Jenö : Concerto for Violin no 2 in E major, Op. 90
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Notes & Reviews:

Lauded as "the most charismatic violinist the UK has produced in recent years", Chloe Hanslip has delighted music lovers with her Naxos recordings of virtuosic 19th century music by Bazzini and Godard, as well as the 'Violin Concerto' by John Adams. Hubay's first two 'Violin Concertos' not only make full use of the violin's singing qualities, especially in the gorgeous slow movements, but require considerable virtuosity in performance. With their Hungarian folk-dance elements the 'Scenes de la Csarda' are among Hubay's most famous works.

TimesOfMalta.com
Charismatic UK violinist Chloe Hanslip performs with breathtaking brilliance, bringing out all the gorgeous qualities of the concertos and the typical folk and dance-like elements of the Scenes. Mogrelia and the Bournemouth Symphony give sympathetic support.... the whole program has a spectacular singing quality that invigorates the listener with enthusiastic admiration.



Reviews

Full of sound and fury, signifying nothing
Before coming to this recording I knew very little about the composer Jenö Hubay. Seeing his dates (1858-1937) and that he was Hungarian, I thought he might be something of a lesser-known Bartok or Kodaly and I hoped for music filled with pungent tonalities and spicy rhythms. Not really. Hubay was of German extraction, a disciple of violinist Joseph Joachim and a friend of Franz Liszt and Henri Vieuxtemps, among others. You can see where this is going, yes? Hubay’s music is flashy, accessible and a pure delight for virtuoso violinists. I found it unbearably tedious. This is purely my personal take on things. I’m not a big fan of the 19th century violinist/composer school and really can’t sit through concertos of Paganini, Vieuxtemps, Spohr, or any of those guys. All of that being said, the two concertos are well-crafted and filled with some really lovely tunes, especially in the slow movements of the concertos. Problem for me was that most of this sounded so vacuous that my mind kept thinking, “I really wish I was listening to the violinist (the superb Chloë Hanslip) playing the Brahms Concerto or Sibelius or Bartok.” My misery was compounded by the two shorter pieces: Scčnes de la Csárda Nos. 3 and 4. I detest what composers from the 19th century violin school do with Gypsy music, so all I could do was sit through it and immediately play a Taraf de haidouks CD to clean out my ears. Hanslip is a breathtakingly fine violinist and she is ably supported by the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra. I only wish she would go after more contemporary repertoire – her recording of the John Adams Violin Concerto is life-changing. But if she continues down the path of playing music by such composers as Bazzini, Godard and Hubay, I’ll just wait outside until she gets it out of her system.
Submitted on 11/06/09 by Craig Zeichner 
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Works Details

>Jenö Hubay (1858 - 1937) : Concerto for Violin no 1 in A minor ("Dramatique"), Op. 21
  • Performer: Chloe Hanslip (Violin)
  • Conductor: Andrew Mogrelia
  • Ensemble: Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: The Concert Hall, Lighthouse, Poole, England (06/23/2008-06/24/2008)
  • Running Time: 29 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1884-1885

>Jenö Hubay (1858 - 1937) : Scène de la Csárda no 3 for violin & piano ("Maros Vize"), Op. 18
  • Performer: Chloe Hanslip (Violin)
  • Conductor: Andrew Mogrelia
  • Ensemble: Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: The Concert Hall, Lighthouse, Poole, England (06/23/2008-06/24/2008)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1882-1883

>Jenö Hubay (1858 - 1937) : Scène de la Csárda no 4 for violin & piano ("Hejre Kati"), Op. 32
  • Performer: Chloe Hanslip (Violin)
  • Conductor: Andrew Mogrelia
  • Ensemble: Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: The Concert Hall, Lighthouse, Poole, England (06/23/2008-06/24/2008)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: circa 1880-1881

>Jenö Hubay (1858 - 1937) : Concerto for Violin no 2 in E major, Op. 90
  • Performer: Chloe Hanslip (Violin)
  • Conductor: Andrew Mogrelia
  • Ensemble: Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: The Concert Hall, Lighthouse, Poole, England (06/23/2008-06/24/2008)
  • Running Time: 26 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: circa 1900