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Tchaikovsky: Violin Concerto; Bruch / Grumiaux, Krenz, Wallberg, New Philharmonia

Release Date: 06/21/2005 
Label:  Pentatone   Catalog #: 5186117   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Peter Ilyich TchaikovskyMax Bruch
Performer:  Arthur Grumiaux
Conductor:  Jan KrenzHeinz Wallberg
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Philharmonia Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Multi 
Length: 1 Hours 12 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.

"What is heard here is extraordinarily natural, the best seat in the house. Grumiaux's violin glistens in this environment, perfectly balanced with the orchestra. And the performances are outstanding in every way."

--Robert Benson, classicalcdreview

"The Tchaikovsky Concerto is realized with great verve and attention to color details, and the score is given to us nearly complete with repeats, especially in the Allegro vivacissimo finale. The sonic patina possesses richness and depth of field, so that the flute-violin interchange at the opening of the second movement is quite vivid, especially in
Read more surround sound. The affecting Serenade melancolique of 1875 communicates intensity without having become maudlin. Audiophiles will covet the kaleidoscopic color effects of Bruch's Scottish Fantasy, in a magical rendering that is light, lithe, and rife with instrumental niceties of violin, harp, bassoon, and French horn. Based on any number of Scottish folk-melodies, the Bruch piece, too, can easily descend into a cloying mass of sentimentality. Grumiaux, however, projects such a direct sweetness and conviction into the work, eschewing any undue lingering over phrases, that the plastic charm of the work unfolds like an elegant kilt. The rousing finale, a melange of bagpipe, violin, harp, and tutti effects, simply urges one to don a tam and join the dance. PentaTone seems committed to explore this Philips legacy further, to which I say full speed ahead!"

--Gary Lemco,audiophile audition
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Works on This Recording

Concerto for Violin in D major, Op. 35 by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performer:  Arthur Grumiaux (Violin)
Conductor:  Jan Krenz
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1878; Russia 
Sérénade mélancolique for Violin and Orchestra in B minor, Op. 26 by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performer:  Arthur Grumiaux (Violin)
Conductor:  Jan Krenz
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1875; Russia 
Scottish Fantasy for Violin and Orchestra, Op. 46 by Max Bruch
Performer:  Arthur Grumiaux (Violin)
Conductor:  Heinz Wallberg
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1880; Liverpool, England 

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