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Tchaikovsky: Violin Concerto / Fischer, Kreizberg, Russian NO


Release Date: 11/21/2006 
Label:  Pentatone   Catalog #: 5186095   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performer:  Julia FischerYakov Kreizberg
Conductor:  Yakov Kreizberg
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Russian National Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Multi 
Length: 1 Hours 8 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This is a hybrid Super Audio CD playable on both regular and Super Audio CD players.

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As [Fischer’s] previous discs have demonstrated, she is characterful in every phrase, with a sparkle and sense of fantasy in virtuoso passages and an inner intensity in the intimate lyrical sections. Her free expressiveness over tempo may seem excessive in places but there is not a hint of sentimentality or self-indulgence; she is greatly helped by the conducting of Kreizberg with the Russian National Orchestra, which is both taut and sympathetic, with an ideal balance which allows the soloist the widest range of dynamic...Fischer again demonstrates what a great and distinctive artist she is.

– Edward
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For a work so popular, and so highly favored by record companies, Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto hasn't been getting too much attention lately. In any case, great performances are few and far between, but this newcomer certainly belongs on anyone's short list of truly outstanding versions. It has everything: transcendent virtuosity, tons of excitement in the finale, and perhaps most importantly of all, a soloist with both taste and a personal sound that allows her to make the music her own. Today's violin soloists are so well trained that we tend to forget the difference between great technique and great timbre. Fischer has both.

Right from the opening of the first movement her sound positively glows. Partly it's a function of her well-controlled vibrato, and chalk up the rest to perfect intonation. Fischer's double-stops, in a work that's full of them, are so in tune, and so musical, that it's frightening. Her sweetly singing tone makes for a Canzonetta that truly communicates like a song, as if Fischer commanded a genuine human voice and not an instrumental approximation. Yakov Kreizberg has his orchestra in top form, following her every step of the way, and the couplings are equally fine, particularly the eloquently phrased Sérénade.

Ordinarily I don't like mixed programs of orchestral and chamber music, but the Souvenir really belongs in this collection of Tchaikovsky's music for violin, and Kreizberg makes as fine an accompanist at the piano as he does on the podium. In terms of production, this also is one of PentaTone's best. The sound is warm, present, very well balanced, and happily not excessively biased toward the rear channels in SACD format. So if you're looking for a splendid new Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto that offers superior artistic values and excellent SACD surround sonics, this is definitely the one to get. Keep your eye on Fischer; she belongs with artists such as Hillary Hahn and James Ehnes in the front rank of today's rising stars of the violin. [1/17/2007]

– David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com
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Works on This Recording

1.
Concerto for Violin in D major, Op. 35 by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performer:  Julia Fischer (Violin)
Conductor:  Yakov Kreizberg
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Russian National Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1878; Russia 
Date of Recording: 04/2006 
Venue:  DZZ Studio 5, Moscow, Russia 
Length: 34 Minutes 53 Secs. 
2.
Sérénade mélancolique for Violin and Orchestra in B minor, Op. 26 by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performer:  Julia Fischer (Violin)
Conductor:  Yakov Kreizberg
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Russian National Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1875; Russia 
Date of Recording: 04/2006 
Venue:  DZZ Studio 5, Moscow, Russia 
Length: 9 Minutes 27 Secs. 
3.
Valse-Scherzo for Violin and Orchestra in C major, Op. 34 by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performer:  Julia Fischer (Violin)
Conductor:  Yakov Kreizberg
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Russian National Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1877; Russia 
Date of Recording: 04/2006 
Venue:  DZZ Studio 5, Moscow, Russia 
Length: 7 Minutes 46 Secs. 
4.
Souvenir d'un lieu cher, Op. 42 by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performer:  Yakov Kreizberg (Piano), Julia Fischer (Violin)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1878; Russia 
Date of Recording: 04/2006 
Venue:  Broadcasting Music Centre, Hilversum, Ne 
Length: 15 Minutes 54 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 35: I. Allegro moderato
Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 35: II. Canzonetta: Andante
Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 35: III. Finale: Allegro vivacissimo
Serenade melancolique, Op. 26
Valse-scherzo, Op. 34: Valse - Scherzo, Op. 34
Souvenir d'un lieu cher, Op. 42: No. 1. Meditation
Souvenir d'un lieu cher, Op. 42: No. 2. Scherzo
Souvenir d'un lieu cher, Op. 42: No. 3. Melodie

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