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Mendelssohn, Brahms, Dvorak & Prokofiev - Violin Concertos Collection / Swensen, SCO


Release Date: 11/09/2018 
Label:  Linn Records   Catalog #: 614  
Composer:  Felix MendelssohnJohannes BrahmsAntonín DvorákSergei Prokofiev
Performer:  Joseph Swensen
Conductor:  Joseph Swensen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Scottish Chamber Orchestra
Number of Discs: 4 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Encompassing his first collaboration to his last, this four- album collection celebrates Joseph Swensen’s tenure as Principal Conductor of the Scottish Chamber Orchestra (1996–2005). Swensen combines his role as conductor and soloist in acclaimed recordings of popular concertos by Mendelssohn, Brahms, Dvorák and Prokofiev. Written within a hundred years of each other these concertos not only provide Swensen with the opportunity to display his mastery of formidable technical demands, but also demonstrate each composer’s individual expressive and melodic expertise. Swensen’s dual role as both conductor and soloist creates a special collaboration with the musicians of the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, who remain acutely attuned to his Read more intentions. In addition they perform a wonderful selection of orchestral music together to complement the concertos: Brahms’ Hungarian Dances, Dvorák’s Nocturne for string orchestra and Czech Suite, Mendelssohn’s Fingal’s Cave and ‘Scottish’ Symphony, plus Prokofiev’s Symphony No. 1 and his Five Melodies (orchestrated by Swensen for solo violin and orchestra).

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Excerpts of reviews for some of the previously released titles included in this set:

Brahms: Violin Concerto & Hungarian Dances


This remarkable performance of the Brahms Violin Concerto stands among the finest available--indeed, it's just about perfect, and all the more remarkable coming from a soloist who also (at least nominally) conducts. As a conductor in the Hungarian Dances Swensen proves himself no less adept.

– ClassicsToday

Prokofiev: Violin Concerto No 2, Symphony No 1


The Classical Symphony is marvelous: exceptionally paced, exquisitely phrased by the violins in the slow movement, effervescent in the finale, texturally pellucid, with characterful wind playing. In a word, it's perfect. The Violin Concerto thrills me less as a piece, but not this performance, which in its shaping and poise reminds me of Milstein's, only with much better playing and sonics.

– ClassicsToday

Dvorak: Violin Concerto, Czech Suite, Etc

Both the Nocturne and the Waltz Op. 54 No. 1 come off splendidly, and as usual LINN's sonics are superb whether in stereo or multi-channel formats. In sum, there's a great deal here to enjoy, and I applaud Swensen's independence and well-thought-out approach.

– ClassicsToday Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Hebrides Overture, in B minor Op. 26 "Fingal's Cave" by Felix Mendelssohn
Conductor:  Joseph Swensen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Scottish Chamber Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1829-1832; Rome, Italy 
Date of Recording: 07/2002 
Venue:  Usher Hall, Edinburgh, Scotland 
Length: 9 Minutes 51 Secs. 
2.
Concerto for Violin in E minor, Op. 64 by Felix Mendelssohn
Performer:  Joseph Swensen (Violin)
Conductor:  Joseph Swensen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Scottish Chamber Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1844; Germany 
Date of Recording: 07/2002 
Venue:  Usher Hall, Edinburgh, Scotland 
Length: 28 Minutes 23 Secs. 
3.
Symphony no 3 in A minor, Op. 56 "Scottish" by Felix Mendelssohn
Conductor:  Joseph Swensen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Scottish Chamber Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1842; Germany 
Date of Recording: 07/2002 
Venue:  Usher Hall, Edinburgh, Scotland 
Length: 33 Minutes 30 Secs. 
4.
Concerto for Violin in D major, Op. 77 by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Joseph Swensen (Violin)
Conductor:  Joseph Swensen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Scottish Chamber Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1878; Austria 
Venue:  Usher Hall, Edinburgh, Scotland 
Length: 40 Minutes 26 Secs. 
5.
Hungarian Dances (21) for Orchestra, WoO 1: no 1 in G minor by Johannes Brahms
Conductor:  Joseph Swensen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Scottish Chamber Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1868; Austria 
Venue:  Usher Hall, Edinburgh, Scotland 
Length: 2 Minutes 56 Secs. 
6.
Hungarian Dances (21) for Orchestra, WoO 1: no 8 in A minor by Johannes Brahms
Conductor:  Joseph Swensen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Scottish Chamber Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1868; Austria 
Venue:  Usher Hall, Edinburgh, Scotland 
Length: 2 Minutes 41 Secs. 
7.
Hungarian Dances (21) for Orchestra, WoO 1: no 19 in B minor by Johannes Brahms
Conductor:  Joseph Swensen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Scottish Chamber Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1880; Austria 
Venue:  Usher Hall, Edinburgh, Scotland 
Length: 1 Minutes 57 Secs. 
8.
Hungarian Dances (21) for Orchestra, WoO 1: no 2 in D minor by Johannes Brahms
Conductor:  Joseph Swensen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Scottish Chamber Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1868; Austria 
Venue:  Usher Hall, Edinburgh, Scotland 
Length: 2 Minutes 38 Secs. 
9.
Hungarian Dances (21) for Orchestra, WoO 1: no 18 in D major by Johannes Brahms
Conductor:  Joseph Swensen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Scottish Chamber Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1880; Austria 
Venue:  Usher Hall, Edinburgh, Scotland 
Length: 1 Minutes 19 Secs. 
10.
Hungarian Dances (21) for Orchestra, WoO 1: no 9 in E minor by Johannes Brahms
Conductor:  Joseph Swensen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Scottish Chamber Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1868; Austria 
Venue:  Usher Hall, Edinburgh, Scotland 
Length: 1 Minutes 58 Secs. 
11.
Hungarian Dances (21) for Orchestra, WoO 1: no 21 in E minor by Johannes Brahms
Conductor:  Joseph Swensen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Scottish Chamber Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1880; Austria 
Venue:  Usher Hall, Edinburgh, Scotland 
Length: 1 Minutes 13 Secs. 
12.
Hungarian Dances (21) for Orchestra, WoO 1: no 20 in E minor by Johannes Brahms
Conductor:  Joseph Swensen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Scottish Chamber Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1880; Austria 
Venue:  Usher Hall, Edinburgh, Scotland 
Length: 2 Minutes 31 Secs. 
13.
Hungarian Dances (21) for Orchestra, WoO 1: no 3 in F major by Johannes Brahms
Conductor:  Joseph Swensen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Scottish Chamber Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1868; Austria 
Venue:  Usher Hall, Edinburgh, Scotland 
Length: 2 Minutes 30 Secs. 
14.
Hungarian Dances (21) for Orchestra, WoO 1: no 6 in D major by Johannes Brahms
Conductor:  Joseph Swensen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Scottish Chamber Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1868; Austria 
Venue:  Usher Hall, Edinburgh, Scotland 
Length: 3 Minutes 14 Secs. 
15.
Hungarian Dances (21) for Orchestra, WoO 1: no 7 in A major by Johannes Brahms
Conductor:  Joseph Swensen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Scottish Chamber Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1868; Austria 
Venue:  Usher Hall, Edinburgh, Scotland 
Length: 1 Minutes 29 Secs. 
16.
Hungarian Dances (21) for Orchestra, WoO 1: no 10 in F major by Johannes Brahms
Conductor:  Joseph Swensen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Scottish Chamber Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1868; Austria 
Venue:  Usher Hall, Edinburgh, Scotland 
Length: 1 Minutes 30 Secs. 
17.
Hungarian Dances (21) for Orchestra, WoO 1: no 17 in F sharp minor by Johannes Brahms
Conductor:  Joseph Swensen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Scottish Chamber Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1880; Austria 
Venue:  Usher Hall, Edinburgh, Scotland 
Length: 2 Minutes 53 Secs. 
18.
Hungarian Dances (21) for Orchestra, WoO 1: no 5 in G minor by Johannes Brahms
Conductor:  Joseph Swensen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Scottish Chamber Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1868; Austria 
Venue:  Usher Hall, Edinburgh, Scotland 
Length: 2 Minutes 20 Secs. 
19.
Concerto for Violin in A minor, Op. 53 by Antonín Dvorák
Performer:  Joseph Swensen (Violin)
Conductor:  Joseph Swensen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Scottish Chamber Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1879-1880; Bohemia 
20.
Czech Suite in D major, Op. 39/B 93 by Antonín Dvorák
Conductor:  Joseph Swensen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Scottish Chamber Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1879; Bohemia 
21.
Nocturne for String Orchestra in B major, Op. 40/B 47 by Antonín Dvorák
Conductor:  Joseph Swensen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Scottish Chamber Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: ?1875/83; Bohemia 
22.
Waltzes (2) for String Quartet, Op. 54/B 105: no 1 in A major by Antonín Dvorák
Conductor:  Joseph Swensen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Scottish Chamber Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1880; Bohemia 
23.
Concerto for Violin no 2 in G minor, Op. 63 by Sergei Prokofiev
Performer:  Joseph Swensen (Violin)
Conductor:  Joseph Swensen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Scottish Chamber Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1935; Paris, France 
24.
Symphony no 1 in D major, Op. 25 "Classical" by Sergei Prokofiev
Conductor:  Joseph Swensen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Scottish Chamber Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1916-1917; Russia 
25.
Melodies (5) for Violin and Piano, Op. 35bis by Sergei Prokofiev
Performer:  Joseph Swensen (Violin)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1925; Paris, France 

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