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
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
Works on This Recording
Concerto for Violin in D major, Op. 35 by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Arthur Grumiaux (Violin)
New Philharmonia Orchestra
Written: 1878; Russia
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