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Bull, Wieniawski & Bruch Violin Concertos / Charlie Siem, violin

Audio Samples

>Wieniawski, Henryk : Concerto for Violin no 1 in F sharp minor, Op. 14
>Bruch, Max [Composer] : Concerto for Violin no 1 in G minor, Op. 26
>Bull, Ole Borneman : Cantabile doloroso e Rondo giocoso, for violin & orchestra

Album Summary

>Wieniawski, Henryk : Concerto for Violin no 1 in F sharp minor, Op. 14
>Bruch, Max [Composer] : Concerto for Violin no 1 in G minor, Op. 26
>Bull, Ole Borneman : Cantabile doloroso e Rondo giocoso, for violin & orchestra
Performer Conductor Ensembles Composers

Notes & Reviews:

Charlie Siem's second album for Warner Classics combines Max Bruch's Violin Concerto No.1 in G minor - one of the best loved works in the violin repertoire - with two less familiar pieces: Henryk Wieniawski's Violin Concerto No.1 in F sharp Minor and Ole Bull's Cantabile Dolorosa e Rondo giocoso. The last piece on the album is a relatively unknown work by the Norwegian composer, Ole Bull. This charismatic violin virtuoso, who led a colorful life and had an exciting international career, had a reputation at one time to rival that of his contemporary Paganini. Charlie himself has a Norwegian background, and recently found out that he is in fact related to his long standing hero. "I've been inspired by him for about 10 years... partly because of his character, the story of his life, the things that he did. He was a phenomenal violinist and he seems to almost inhabit the mythical folk culture in Norway but he's forgotten largely elsewhere, even amongst violinists. And so I think it's great to bring him to the surface, especially now I have this very personal connection to him... "

Charlie Siem is one of the UK's brightest new classical stars. Born in London to a Norwegian father and a British mother, Charlie began to play the violin at the prodigious age of three, after hearing a performance of Beethoven's Violin Concerto by the late Yehudi Menuhin and is fortunate to have been loaned a violin much beloved by Menuhin - his 1735 Guarneri del Gesu d'Egville - now owned by the Elderberry Foundation. Charlie signed to Warner Classics and Jazz in 2010 - the home of generations of celebrated artists and ensembles. This new relationship has already produced a critically acclaimed debut album, which includes spectacular virtuoso repertoire from the great violin masters Paganini, Sarasate, Wieniawski and Kreisler. 2010 was a significant year for Charlie with a tour of Bruch and Dvorak Violin Concertos alongside the Czech National Symphony Orchestra, several dates at the Royal Albert Hall and concerts in New York and Tel Aviv all under his belt. Autumn 2010 heralded an even busier time with Charlie headlining in the popular European Night of the Proms concert series alongside artists such as Grace Jones, Boy George and Cliff Richard. This 40 date tour took Charlie to many countries in Europe, a feat that few young artists are able to claim Charlie has a great interest in fashion and is currently the global face of the Alfred Dunhill label, and has continued to appear in many publications including Italian Men's Vogue (L'Uomo Vogue), photographs of which were taken by the singer Bryan Adams with whom Charlie subsequently appeared in concert. Other endorsements come from revered names such as photographer Mario Testino who says:"Charlie Siem brings a freshness into the world of classical music, with his contemporary look mixed with his mastering of the violin, the combination make for an exciting spectacle. Charlie's talent has been noted in many corners of the world and in June 2011 he serenaded Lady Gaga at her Fashion Icon Award party in New York, introducing him to millions of new fans.

"From the moment Charlie Siem makes his first swashbuckling entry in the Wieniawski... one feels in the safest of virtuoso hands as he goes on negotiate even the blackest of staves with an almost nonchalant disregard for their difficulty. Yet what impresses most is Siem's tonal purity and emotional intensity, which combine in the Bruch to create a reading of tender sincerity and coruscating brilliance." -Classic FM

"He rises to the challenge and produces lively accounts of both works, topped off with a short work by the 19th-century Norwegian virtuoso Ole Bull. He plumbs no imaginative depths, but then there aren’t many to plumb." -The Daily Telegraph

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Studio 1, Abbey Road Studios (03/15/2011-03/17/2011).



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Works Details

>Wieniawski, Henryk : Concerto for Violin no 1 in F sharp minor, Op. 14
  • Performer: Charlie Siem (Violin)
  • Conductor: Andrew Gourlay
  • Ensemble: London Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: Studio 1, Abbey Road Studios (03/15/2011-03/17/2011)
  • Running Time: 27 min. 52 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1852

>Bruch, Max [Composer] : Concerto for Violin no 1 in G minor, Op. 26
  • Performer: Charlie Siem (Violin)
  • Conductor: Andrew Gourlay
  • Notes: Studio 1, Abbey Road Studios (03/15/2011-03/17/2011)
  • Running Time: 25 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1864-1867

>Bull, Ole Borneman : Cantabile doloroso e Rondo giocoso, for violin & orchestra
  • Performer: Charlie Siem (Violin)
  • Conductor: Andrew Gourlay
  • Notes: Studio 1, Abbey Road Studios (03/15/2011-03/17/2011)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 57 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1837