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Antonin Dvorak: Violin Concerto; Trio Op.65 [cd+2015 Catalogue]

Dvorak / Faust / Belohlavek
Release Date: 01/13/2015 
Label:  Harmonia Mundi   Catalog #: 2901833   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Antonín Dvorák
Performer:  Isabelle FaustAlexander MelnikovJean-Guihen Queyras
Conductor:  Jiří Bělohlávek
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Prague Philharmonia
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Isabelle Faust is an excellent artist, and she turns in a winning performance of Dvorák's sunny Violin Concerto, a work that has steadily returned to public favor (and rightly so) in the past couple of decades. My only criticism of this performance concerns a slight stiffness of rhythm at the opening of the finale that you will not find in such celebrated interpretations as Suk/Ancerl on Supraphon--however, Faust quickly gets into the swing of things as the movement proceeds, thanks in large part to Jiri Bélohlávek's totally idiomatic conducting and the sharply focused rhythmic response of his orchestra. In the first two movements, Faust offers as fine an interpretation as any, playing with purity of timbre and Read more inflecting Dvorák's gorgeous tunes with sweetness and, where required, with passion (especially in the opening movement). She's also naturally balanced against the orchestra, allowing some very winning give and take between the soloist and the band in the central Adagio ma non troppo.

Coupling the Violin Concerto with Dvorák's finest trio is an excellent idea. Once again, the performance does not quite rise to the level of, say, the Suk Trio, particularly in the first movement where Faust and company sacrifice a bit of the music's intensity for the sake of urgency; but if it's a fault, it's certainly one in the right direction. The two-against-three rhythms of the scherzo bounce along quite effectively, and the Poco adagio, the heart of the work, also is very beautifully played, with cellist Jean-Guihen Queyras offering generous tone but never sounding sappy. The finale also revels in high spirits, though like the first movement it just misses the depth of elegiac feeling that other players bring to the closing pages, just before the ebullient ending. Small quibbles aside, these performances are highly recommendable--and benefit from terrific sound. If this coupling appeals to you, don't hesitate for a moment.

– David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

Concerto for Violin in A minor, Op. 53 by Antonín Dvorák
Performer:  Isabelle Faust (Violin)
Conductor:  Jiří Bělohlávek
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Prague Philharmonia
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1879-1880; Bohemia 
Trio for Piano and Strings no 3 in F minor, Op. 65/B 130 by Antonín Dvorák
Performer:  Alexander Melnikov (Piano), Isabelle Faust (Violin), Jean-Guihen Queyras (Cello)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1883; Bohemia 

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