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Prokofiev: Violin Concerto No 2, Symphony No 1 / Swensen

Release Date: 01/01/2005 
Label:  Linn Records   Catalog #: 219  
Composer:  Sergei Prokofiev
Performer:  Mariss JansonsJoseph Swensen
Conductor:  Joseph Swensen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Scottish Chamber Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

It's impossible not to admire this latest release from Joseph Swensen and the Scottish Chamber Orchestra. The Classical Symphony is marvelous: exceptionally paced, exquisitely phrased by the violins in the slow movement, effervescent in the finale, texturally pellucid, with characterful wind playing. In a word, it's perfect. The Violin Concerto thrills me less as a piece, but not this performance, which in its shaping and poise reminds me of Milstein's, only with much better playing and sonics. Despite its popularity, the work isn't easy to sustain, with its two long, slow opening movements in a row. Swensen's light touch and purity of tone make light of any interpretive difficulties, and he digs into the
Read more finale with real gusto. My own preferences favor Heifetz in this work, if only because he knocks a couple of minutes off everyone else's timings in the first and second movements--but from a purely technical and expressive point of view this version is second to none. As a bonus, Swensen's lovely arrangements for violin and strings of the Five Melodies are most welcome, though there would have been room for the First Violin Concerto as well. The sonics, whether in stereo or SACD multichannel format, are as fine as the performances. Really, this is exceptional by any standard. [6/23/2005]

--David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

Concerto for Violin no 2 in G minor, Op. 63 by Sergei Prokofiev
Performer:  Mariss Jansons (), Joseph Swensen (Violin)
Conductor:  Joseph Swensen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Scottish Chamber Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1935; Paris, France 
Symphony no 1 in D major, Op. 25 "Classical" by Sergei Prokofiev
Performer:  Mariss Jansons ()
Conductor:  Joseph Swensen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Scottish Chamber Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1916-1917; Russia 

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 The Violin Concerto 2 comparable to Heifetz' vers March 13, 2018 By Stephen S. (Waukesha, WI) See All My Reviews "However, Heifetz wins by a length." Report Abuse
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