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Britten, Weinberg: Violin Concertos / Roth, Kutson

Release Date: 04/08/2014 
Label:  Challenge   Catalog #: 72627   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Benjamin BrittenMieczyslaw Weinberg
Performer:  Linus Roth
Conductor:  Mihkel Kütson
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Multi 
Length: 1 Hours 3 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

"Do not let yourself be put off by the relative obscurity of this repertoire: This is pure enjoyment." - Mihkel Kütson, Opusklassiek.nl

"Overall, I cannot fault this recording, particularly the lush sound engineering. I can only hope that this disc can serve as a persuasive case to encourage other violinists to take up both of these works - but especially the Weinberg." - Mihkel Kütson, Listthathaveescapdeddestruction

"A quality disc that confirms that Linus Roth is indeed now one of the best violinists of the younger generation." - Mihkel Kütson, Crescendo Magazine

Read more "Weinberg composed a masterpiece, [equal to] anything, famous or not, the century has to offer in the genre. With its affirmative power and irresistible drive from the first percussion crack of the Allegro molto to the last diminishing violin chord (ushered out by the horns in triple-pianissimo), it has a real chance of breaking into the phalanx of repertoire pieces, while the non-stop virtuosity demanded of the soloist ought to delight and challenge any curious violinist." - Challenge Records

"Benjamin Britten is best known for his operas and vocal music. But amid his output are also eight concertos, only one of them famous. In 1938 he wrote his Piano Concerto. The concerto was his last major work before shipping himself and his partner Peter Pears to America where his first composition upon arrival was the Violin Concerto op.15. He finished it in September 1939. Of all his attempts at the concerto form, only the Violin Concerto has attained international fame and repertoire-status. Joan Chissell has called the Violin Concerto a work of “searching idiom, solid substance, and serious intent…" - Challenge Records

Linus Roth plays the A. Stradivari “Dancla” of 1703.
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Works on This Recording

1. Concerto for Violin in D minor, Op. 15 by Benjamin Britten
Performer:  Linus Roth (Violin)
Conductor:  Mihkel Kütson
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1939/1958; England 
Venue:  Jesus Christus Kirche Berlin, Dahlem 
Length: 34 Minutes 2 Secs. 
2. Concerto for Violin in G minor, Op. 67 by Mieczyslaw Weinberg
Performer:  Linus Roth (Violin)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1960; USSR 
Venue:  Jesus Christus Kirche Berlin, Dahlem 
Length: 28 Minutes 43 Secs. 

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