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Brahms: Violin Concerto, Double Concerto / Repin, Mork

Release Date: 03/17/2009 
Label:  Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog #: 001264802   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Vadim RepinTruls Otterbech Mork
Conductor:  Riccardo Chailly
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 13 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This performance of the Brahms Violin Concerto is one of unalloyed greatness. Vadim Repin feels no need to make ostentatious points in, say, the first movement's jagged cadence theme, or at the opening of the finale. Instead his perfect intonation and astonishing technique at good, swift tempos make the music sing and flow effortlessly. Listen to his exquisite tone in double-stops, his emphatic but still dance-like rhythm in the finale, or his imposing first-movement cadenza. The bottom line is that there is absolutely nothing here to criticize. Riccardo Chailly and the Gewandhaus Orchestra deliver equally impressive accompaniments: the wind band introduction to the adagio is gorgeous, the interplay
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The Double Concerto, that stepchild of Brahms pieces for soloists and orchestra, also ranks with the best available. It may be that the classic Szell/Oistrakh/Rostropovich performance launches the finale with a touch more zip, but you won't hear the opening cadenzas played with more lyrical passion, or the andante spun out more affectingly. The soloists are placed a touch forward against the orchestra, but they can more than withstand the scrutiny within the context of warm, vivid engineering. This disc offers 72 minutes of Brahmsian joy. Don't by any means miss it.

--David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com
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Works on This Recording

1. Concerto for Violin in D major, Op. 77 by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Vadim Repin (Violin)
Conductor:  Riccardo Chailly
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1878; Austria 
2. Concerto for Violin and Cello in A minor, Op. 102 "Double" by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Vadim Repin (Violin), Truls Otterbech Mork (Cello)
Conductor:  Riccardo Chailly
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1887; Austria 

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