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Barber, Korngold: Violin Concertos / Shaham, Previn

Album Summary

>Barber, Samuel : Concerto for Violin, Op. 14
>Korngold, Erich Wolfgang : Concerto for Violin in D major, Op. 35
>Korngold, Erich Wolfgang : Much Ado About Nothing, Four Pieces for Violin and Piano, Op. 11
Performers Conductor Ensemble Composers

Notes & Reviews:

"Gil Shaham, in a disc as radiant as it is inspiring, plays these three works with an ease that defies human limitations. There is something of the Heifetz about this young man." -Repertoire

Gramophone Classical Music Guide
This performance of the Barber, warm and rich with the sound close and immediate, brings out the work's bolder side, allowing moments that aren't too distant from the world of Hollywood music (no disparagement there) and aptly the Korngold emerges as a central work in that genre. There have been subtler readings of Barber's lovely concerto, with the soloist not always helped by the close balance, but it's good to have a sharp distinction drawn between the purposeful lyricism of the first movement, marked Allegro, and the tender lyricism of the heavenly Andante. In the finale Shaham brings out the fun behind the movement's manic energy, with Previn pointing the Waltonian wit.

In the Korngold, Gil Shaham may not have quite the flair and panache of the dedicatee, Jascha Heifetz, in his incomparable reading (reviewed under Korngold), but he's warm and committed. What emerges again and again is how electric the playing of the LSO is under Previn, rich and full as well as committed. The recording helps, clear and immediate.

The suite from Korngold's incidental music to Much ado about nothing, dating from his early precocious period in Vienna, provides a delightful and apt filler, with Previn, as pianist, just as understanding and imaginative an accompanist, and Shaham yearningly warm without sentimentality, clean and precise in attack.



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Works Details

>Barber, Samuel : Concerto for Violin, Op. 14
  • Performer: Gil Shaham (Violin)
  • Conductor: Andre Previn
  • Ensemble: London Symphony Orchestra
  • Running Time: 22 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1939

>Korngold, Erich Wolfgang : Concerto for Violin in D major, Op. 35
  • Performer: Gil Shaham (Violin)
  • Conductor: Andre Previn
  • Ensemble: London Symphony Orchestra
  • Running Time: 25 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1945

>Korngold, Erich Wolfgang : Much Ado About Nothing, Four Pieces for Violin and Piano, Op. 11
  • Performers: Andre Previn (Piano); Gil Shaham (Violin)
  • Conductor: Andre Previn
  • Ensemble: London Symphony Orchestra
  • Running Time: 13 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Modern