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Mendelssohn, Adams: Violin Concertos / Jarvi, Hoopes, Leipzig Radio Symphony Orchestra

Mendelssohn / Adams
Release Date: 05/27/2014 
Label:  Naive   Catalog #: 5368   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Felix MendelssohnJohn Adams
Performer:  Chad Hoopes
Conductor:  Kristjan Järvi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Middle German Radio Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 59 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

The pairing of the Violin Concerto No. 2 in E minor by Felix Mendelssohn with John Adams' Violin Concerto may seem like pitting stylistic opposites -- Romantic vs. postmodernist -- against each other, though Chad Hoopes' balanced and thought provoking program shows some striking similarities between the works. Both are cast in the Classical three-movement form, and they are roughly equal in length. Additionally, Mendelssohn and Adams treat the violin as a predominantly lyrical instrument, and the flow of the music depends most on arching lines and a nearly continuous spinning out of motives. Hoopes is particularly good at controlling the violin's highest range, which both composers favor, and his playing is always clean and polished, which Read more adds to the luster of the solo parts in both concertos. Also, these showpieces have spectacular finales which let Hoopes show off his technical brilliance and unflagging energy, first with a quicksilver rondo melody in the Mendelssohn, and then with a dynamic toccata in the Adams. These performances with Kristjan Järvi and the MDR Leipzig Radio Symphony Orchestra are fresh and vivid, with extraordinary depth of sound, bright sonorities, and remarkable physical presence, and Hoopes appears front and center in the audio, even when the orchestra is nearly explosive in volume.

- Blair Sanderson, AllMusic Guide Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Concerto for Violin in E minor, Op. 64 by Felix Mendelssohn
Performer:  Chad Hoopes (Violin)
Conductor:  Kristjan Järvi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Middle German Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1844; Germany 
Date of Recording: 11/2013 
Venue:  MDR-Studio Leipzig (Augustusplatz) 
Length: 25 Minutes 55 Secs. 
2.
Concerto for Violin by John Adams
Performer:  Chad Hoopes (Violin)
Conductor:  Kristjan Järvi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Middle German Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1993; USA 
Date of Recording: 11/2013 
Venue:  MDR-Studio Leipzig (Augustusplatz) 
Length: 32 Minutes 40 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Violinkonzert e-Moll, Op. 64, MWV O14: I. Allegro molto appassionato -
Violinkonzert e-Moll, Op. 64, MWV O14: II. Andante -
Violinkonzert e-Moll, Op. 64, MWV O14: II. Allegretto non troppo - III. Allegro molto vivace
Violin Concerto: I. quarter note = 78
Violin Concerto: II. Chaconne: Body Through Which the Dream Flows
Violin Concerto: III. Toccare

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