WGBH Radio WGBH Radio theclassicalstation.org

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 
In Stock: Usually ships in 24 hours.  

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

1.
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 
2.
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 

Sound Samples

Symphony No. 1 in D Major, Op. 25, "Classical": I. Allegro
Symphony No. 1 in D Major, Op. 25, "Classical": II. Larghetto
Symphony No. 1 in D Major, Op. 25, "Classical": III. Gavotta: Non troppo allegro
Symphony No. 1 in D Major, Op. 25, "Classical": IV. Finale: Molto vivace
Violin Concerto No. 2 in G Minor, Op. 63: I. Allegro moderato
Violin Concerto No. 2 in G Minor, Op. 63: II. Andante assai
Violin Concerto No. 2 in G Minor, Op. 63: III. Allegro ben marcato
5 Melodies, Op. 35bis (arr. J. Swensen for violin and orchestra): No. 1. Andante
5 Melodies, Op. 35bis (arr. J. Swensen for violin and orchestra): No. 2. Lento non troppo
5 Melodies, Op. 35bis (arr. J. Swensen for violin and orchestra): No. 3. Animato, ma non allegro
5 Melodies, Op. 35bis (arr. J. Swensen for violin and orchestra): No. 4. Allegretto leggero e scherzando
5 Melodies, Op. 35bis (arr. J. Swensen for violin and orchestra): No. 5. Andante non troppo

Customer Reviews

Be the first to review this title
Review This Title
Review This Title Share on Facebook




YOU MUST BE A SUBSCRIBER TO LISTEN TO ARKIVMUSIC STREAMING.
TRY IT NOW FOR FREE!
Sign up now for two weeks of free access to the world's best classical music collection. Keep listening for only $19.95/month - thousands of classical albums for the price of one! Learn more about ArkivMusic Streaming
Aleady a subscriber? Sign In