Notes and Editorial Reviews
Hyperion’s Romantic Violin Concerto series returns with three real rarities, rescuing them from their current neglect. All receive the strongest advocacy from Linus Roth, who plays them like the repertoire standards they may one day become.
Roth plays with almost missionary zeal, he and the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, under Antony Hermus, making a convincing case for these works to be more widely performed.
– Observer (UK)
Throughout, Linus Roth is the master of his craft, at-one with the three Concertos, and benefiting from alert and sympathetic support.
Ludwig Philipp Scharwenka’s Violin
Concerto is confident, forthright with the dolce Mendelssohnian cantabile element. This is heard to good effect in the sleepy ecstasy of the central movement. It is married with a bustling outgoing musculature.
Langgaard’s one-movement Violin Concerto dates from the war years between the ninth (1942) and tenth (1945) symphonies. It is a work not that far removed from the Lassen and the Scharwenka. It is however more of an affectionate florilegium, distinguished from the other two works by the prominently featured orchestral piano and the work’s brevity.
Eduard Lassen’s Concerto seems to cast sighs in the direction of composers, the maturity of some of whom lay in the future: Dvo?ák, Delius, Tchaikovsky, Grieg and Mendelssohn. The most telling movement - and the one that etches a path in the memory - is the well-named Andante cantabile. It is the very personification of fragile beauty and stertorous dignity.
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Works on This Recording
Concerto for Violin, BVN 289 by Rued Langgaard
Linus Roth (Violin)
BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
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