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Romantic Violin Concerto Vol. 8

Audio Samples

>Vieuxtemps, Henri : Concerto for Violin no 5 in A minor, Op. 37 "Gretry"
>Vieuxtemps, Henri : Concerto for Violin no 4 in D minor, Op. 31
>Vieuxtemps, Henri : Fantasia Appassionata, for violin & orchestra (or piano), Op. 35

Album Summary

>Vieuxtemps, Henri : Concerto for Violin no 5 in A minor, Op. 37 "Gretry"
>Vieuxtemps, Henri : Concerto for Violin no 4 in D minor, Op. 31
>Vieuxtemps, Henri : Fantasia Appassionata, for violin & orchestra (or piano), Op. 35
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Notes & Reviews:

Hyperion's Romantic Violin Concerto series reaches volume eight, and the music of the Belgian composer Henry Vieuxtemps, himself widely considered the finest violinist in Europe after the death of Paganini. Listening to the repertoire recorded here, he certainly deserves to be ranked among the most important composers for the violin in the mid-nineteenth century. Vieuxtemps never indulged in sheer virtuosity for its own sake; instead in his concertos and chamber works he brought a more classical dimension to the violin repertoire in place of the technically brilliant variations and fantasies on popular operatic themes that were so popular with audiences. The concertos are played here by the young virtuoso Vivian Hagner, a former BBC New Generation artist, acclaimed for her highly intelligent musicality and passionate artistry, in her Hyperion debut.

'The orchestra is beautifully balanced and recorded, Martyn Brabbins's direction is alert to Vieuxtemps's delicate romanticism as well as his grand theatrical gestures, and Viviane Hagner ... is a most resourceful and spirited advocate ... Occasionally, too, her account is techincally superior, for instance in the hair-raising, slithering diminished-seventh chords in No 4's finale' (Gramophone)

[A major Concerto] 'Munich-born virtuoso Viviane Hagner (rec. 8-10 July 2009) brings a splendid sense of the romantic style to this work, playing a 1717 Sasserno Stradivarius of sweetly brilliant tone. The performance becomes quite fiery and flamboyant, Hagner's trills and runs striking a wonderful balance between poetry--in the C Major second subject--and ensuing fireworks. The extended cadenza employs double stops and polyphony to advance the themes of the first movement, soon to modulate into the Adagio and Allegro con fuoco finale, a relatively effusive coda than any sort of independent movement, but tailor made for the high-minded virtuosity Hagner projects, much in the Heifetz mold' (Audiophile Audition, USA)

Gramophone Magazine
The watchwords are care and respect; the orchestra is beautifully balanced and recorded, Martyn Brabbins's direction is alert to Vieuxtemps's delicate romanticism as well as his grand theatrical gestures, and Viviane Hagner...is a most resourceful and spirited advocate.

BBC Music Magazine
Hagner is a marvellous exponent of both works, as she is in the more overt technical show piece of the Fantasia appassionata. The Royal Flemish Philharmonic are thoroughly committed.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Muziekcentrum Frits Philips, Eindhoven (07/08/2009-07/10/2009).



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>Vieuxtemps, Henri : Concerto for Violin no 5 in A minor, Op. 37 "Grétry"
  • Performer: Viviane Hagner (Violin)
  • Conductor: Martyn Brabbins
  • Notes: Muziekcentrum Frits Philips, Eindhoven (07/08/2009-07/10/2009)
  • Running Time: 19 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1861

>Vieuxtemps, Henri : Concerto for Violin no 4 in D minor, Op. 31
  • Performer: Viviane Hagner (Violin)
  • Conductor: Martyn Brabbins
  • Notes: Muziekcentrum Frits Philips, Eindhoven (07/08/2009-07/10/2009)
  • Running Time: 28 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: circa 1850

>Vieuxtemps, Henri : Fantasia Appassionata, for violin & orchestra (or piano), Op. 35
  • Performer: Viviane Hagner (Violin)
  • Conductor: Martyn Brabbins
  • Notes: Muziekcentrum Frits Philips, Eindhoven (07/08/2009-07/10/2009)
  • Running Time: 17 min. 58 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1859