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Stravinsky: Circus Polka; Honegger: Pacific 231; Rugby; Martin: Violin Concerto / Baiba Skride, violin

Audio Samples

>Stravinsky, Igor : Concerto for Violin in D major
>Honegger, Arthur : Pacific 231, symphonic movement for orchestra (Mouvement symphonique no 1), H. 53
>Honegger, Arthur : Rugby, tone poem for orchestra (Mouvement symphonique no 2), H. 67
>Martin, Frank : Concerto for Violin
>Stravinsky, Igor : Circus Polka

Album Summary

>Stravinsky, Igor : Concerto for Violin in D major
>Honegger, Arthur : Pacific 231, symphonic movement for orchestra (Mouvement symphonique no 1), H. 53
>Honegger, Arthur : Rugby, tone poem for orchestra (Mouvement symphonique no 2), H. 67
>Martin, Frank : Concerto for Violin
>Stravinsky, Igor : Circus Polka
Performer Conductor Ensembles Composers

Notes & Reviews:

It would be harder to find a more different approach to the template of the traditional three-movement concerto than that found in the piece by the Swiss composer Frank Martin. In its atmospheric density it recalls Martin's setting of Shakespeare's The Tempest. Baiba Skride finds the right tone not only for the veiled sonorities of this piece but also for the tremendous sense of brightness that overwhelms the writing towards the end.

American Record Guide, March / April 2013
All I can assure you is that the arrangement works perfectly. Their colorful, even sharp, style is complementary. As for the performances, Latvian violinist Baiba Skride, who turns 31 this year, is utterly stunning in the two concertos. In the Stravinsky she bops right along - yes, "bops", the perfect word to describe her rhythmic spring (especially at the end of phrases) and perfect accents with just the right contrast to the surrounding textures. She also has a remarkable ability to convey a long legato mood while articulating individual notes in fast passages. I found the music utterly engaging from beginning to end. While Pacific 231 is paced very well. Rugby, is wonderfully effective, with more transparent orchestration, lithe spirit, and soaring violins. It's the perfect finale to the album, like an encore after Martin's serious concerto. Engineering is superbly balanced, with rich presence in every work.

The Times, 30th June 2012
[Skride] plays with intensity, intelligence and scything virtuosity.There's not an ounce of sentimentality about her interpretations, but plenty of passion. Here she plays Stravinsky's neoclassical Violin Concerto with an attack that often comes close to being savage; yet makes the wonderful Bach-like Aria II sound sinuously beautiful.

The Observer, 15th July 2012
Crisp, supple performances...Stravinsky's Violin Concerto sounds strong, spiky and taut, yet lyrical. Frank Martin's lean but expressive 1951 concerto has a wistful, evanescent mood...The BBC National Orchestra of Wales, well drilled by Thierry Fischer, give muscular support and enjoy themselves in Honegger's Rugby.

BBC Music Magazine, September 2012
Skride's way with Stravinsky's Violin Concerto confirms it as a masterpiece of grace, charm and scintillating joie de vivre...Skride engages happily with the [Martin's] beguiling range of light and shade and quietly insistent invention. In both works, Thierry Fischer and the orchestra offer stylish accompaniments. Generous fill-ups, too.

Gramophone Magazine, Awards Issue 2012
Skride has the measure of its hybrid nature, striking a ideal balance between its Classical/Baroque cut and thrust and its Romantic inclinations...harmonic support in the orchestral strings is more sensitively heard and 'aware' than I have experienced in any recording of the piece. But then it's the interplay of voices that consistently springs surprises. All credit to Thierry Fischer, producer Andrew Keener and, of course, the big-personality wind soloists of the BBC National Orchestra of Wales.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: BBC Hoddinott Hall (06/28/2011-06/30/2011).



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Works Details

>Stravinsky, Igor : Concerto for Violin in D major
  • Performer: Baiba Skride (Violin)
  • Conductor: Thierry Fischer
  • Ensemble: BBC National Orchestra Wales
  • Notes: BBC Hoddinott Hall (06/28/2011-06/30/2011)
  • Running Time: 21 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1931

>Honegger, Arthur : Pacific 231, symphonic movement for orchestra (Mouvement symphonique no 1), H. 53
  • Conductor: Thierry Fischer
  • Notes: BBC Hoddinott Hall (06/28/2011-06/30/2011)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1923

>Honegger, Arthur : Rugby, tone poem for orchestra (Mouvement symphonique no 2), H. 67
  • Conductor: Thierry Fischer
  • Notes: BBC Hoddinott Hall (06/28/2011-06/30/2011)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1928

>Martin, Frank : Concerto for Violin
  • Performer: Baiba Skride (Violin)
  • Conductor: Thierry Fischer
  • Notes: BBC Hoddinott Hall (06/28/2011-06/30/2011)
  • Running Time: 32 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1950-1951

>Stravinsky, Igor : Circus Polka
  • Conductor: Thierry Fischer
  • Notes: BBC Hoddinott Hall (06/28/2011-06/30/2011)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 43 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Ballet
  • Written: 1944