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Dvorák: Violin Concerto, Romance; Szymanowski: Violin Concerto / Arabella Steinbacher, et al

> Violin Concerto No. 1, Op. 35 - Vivace assai -
> Violin Concerto No. 1, Op. 35 - Vivace scherzando -
> Violin Concerto No. 1, Op. 35 - Cadenza (by Pawel Kochanski)
> Violin Concerto No. 1, Op. 35 - Allegro moderato
> Romance in F minor, Op. 11, B. 39 - Romance in F minor, Op. 11, B. 39
> Violin Concerto in A minor, Op. 53, B. 96 - I. Allegro ma non troppo
> Violin Concerto in A minor, Op. 53, B. 96 - II. Adagio ma non troppo
> Violin Concerto in A minor, Op. 53, B. 96 - III. Finale: Allegro giocoso, ma non troppo

Album Summary

>Szymanowski, Karol : Concerto for Violin no 1, Op. 35, M37
>Dvorak, Antonin : Romance for Violin and Orchestra in F minor, Op. 11/B 39
>Dvorak, Antonin : Concerto for Violin in A minor, Op. 53
Performer Conductor Ensemble Composers

Notes & Reviews:

"Would you please write me a violin concerto? A truly original one, full of melodies and written for good violinists? Please, drop me a line!" These words in a letter from the publisher Simrock to Dvorak, dated January 27, 1879, resulted in the composition of his Violin Concerto in A minor. Szymanowski’s Violin Concerto No. 1, Op. 35, dating from 1916, has come a long way from the romance of Dvorak’s composition. It was written for his friend Pawel Kochanski, to whom Szymanowski wrote "The sound is so magical that the people here seemed frozen to the spot. And Pawelczek, just imagine, the violin comes out on top the whole time!" Luckily, a new generation of excellent violinists, including Arabella Steinbacher, has taken it upon itself to promote this work.

BBC Music Magazine
In a haunting performance of Szymanowski's Violin Concerto No. 1 the solo part seems to float in over a lush orchestra. Steinbacher's tone is sweet, her playing poised - in satisfying contrast to the muscular contribution of the Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra under Marek Janowski. ...Dvorák's Romance in F minor, which calls for (and receives) flowing, song-like lines. ...same composer's Violin Concerto...was written in the wake of the Slavonic Dances, something that show especially in the dance-infused finale... This is a performance in which the soloist sounds as if she is leading the dance, and everyone is rhythmically buoyant in the heady climax of an enjoyable and vividly recorded disc.

The Guardian
Technically, she's supremely accomplished and refined...

Gramophone Magazine
From this recording one would imagine that hers is not a big tone but it is an opulent one, cushioned by ample if well controlled vibrato. That opulence makes her playing of the heartfelt melody in the slow movement of Dvorák's Violin Concerto winningly rich. She is equally successful in bringing out the marked Slavonic flavours in the outer movements... treating the dance rhythms of the finale with sparkling lightness. ...Szymanowski's First Violin Concerto... is a difficult work for soloist and conductor to hold together with its sharp contrasts of mood and tempo, but the alliance of Steinbacher and Janowski achieves that with total conviction. ...a performance that carries total conviction.

Classic FM Magazine
Steinbacher makes a powerful case for Szymanowski's First Concerto as a minor masterpiece.



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Works Details

>Szymanowski, Karol : Concerto for Violin no 1, Op. 35, M37
  • Performer: Arabella Steinbacher (Violin)
  • Conductor: Marek Janowski
  • Ensemble: Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra
  • Running Time: 12 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1916

>Antonin Dvorák (1841 - 1904) : Romance for Violin and Orchestra in F minor, Op. 11/B 39
  • Performer: Arabella Steinbacher (Violin)
  • Conductor: Marek Janowski
  • Ensemble: Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra
  • Running Time: 11 min. 52 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Antonin Dvorák (1841 - 1904) : Concerto for Violin in A minor, Op. 53
  • Performer: Arabella Steinbacher (Violin)
  • Conductor: Marek Janowski
  • Ensemble: Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra
  • Running Time: 33 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Concerto