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Glazunov, Kabalevsky: Violin Concertos / Shaham, Pletnev


Release Date: 02/10/1998 
Label:  Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog #: 457064   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Alexander GlazunovDmitri KabalevskyPeter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performer:  Gil Shaham
Conductor:  Mikhail Pletnev
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Russian National Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 2 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Easily the most substantial work in this enjoyably light-hearted programme is the Glazunov Violin Concerto, still generally undervalued because of its conservative idiom. Not that Shaham's account is in any way radical. After Maxim Vengerov's intense and penetrating Teldec version, Shaham's sounds relaxed and smoochy, his warm-toned instrument set somewhat closer than the orchestra in the wide open spaces of the Great Hall of the Moscow Conservatory. The generous romantic manner almost but not quite conceals a few moments of suspect intonation that Jascha Heifetz would never have passed.

Unlike the Glazunov, Kabalevsky's work is in three separate, small-scale movements. One of his 'youth' concertos, it dates from 1948, the
Read more year in which most of his peer group faced ideological censure. It isn't great music, and yet there is a natural, unforced quality about its invention that stands up well enough. The slow movement is memorable (despite its casual appropriation of the 'wind in the graveyard' effect from Prokofiev's First Violin Sonata) and the watered-down Prokofiev of the rest is by no means unattractive. The orchestral playing here is impressively clean and often radiantly beautiful. The Tchai.kovsky Souvenir dun lieu cher is heard in Glazunov's orchestration and the Valse-scherzo wraps things up in skittering, suitably dazzling fashion. Although room might have been found for something more, one can see why this was felt to be the right item with which to close. Heard live, such a performance would bring the house down.

-- Gramophone [3/1998]


Gil Shaham's sound gleams and flashes through the acrobatic cavortings of Kabalevsky's Concerto....Shaham and Pletnev offer a scrupulous account of the Glazunov Concerto....if you like sleek, high-energy playing, this disc is an exciting one. Performance: 4 (out of 5), Sound: 5 (out of 5)

-- BBC Music Magazine
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Works on This Recording

1.
Concerto for Violin in A minor, Op. 82 by Alexander Glazunov
Performer:  Gil Shaham (Violin)
Conductor:  Mikhail Pletnev
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Russian National Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1904; Russia 
Date of Recording: 12/1996 
Venue:  Great Hall, State Conservatory, Moscow 
Length: 20 Minutes 14 Secs. 
2.
Concerto for Violin in C major, Op. 48 by Dmitri Kabalevsky
Performer:  Gil Shaham (Violin)
Conductor:  Mikhail Pletnev
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Russian National Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1948; USSR 
Date of Recording: 12/1996 
Venue:  Great Hall, State Conservatory, Moscow 
Length: 14 Minutes 31 Secs. 
3.
Souvenir d'un lieu cher, Op. 42 by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performer:  Gil Shaham (Violin)
Conductor:  Mikhail Pletnev
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Russian National Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1878; Russia 
Date of Recording: 12/1996 
Venue:  Great Hall, State Conservatory, Moscow 
Length: 17 Minutes 51 Secs. 
Notes: Orchestrated: Alexander Glazunov 
4.
Valse-Scherzo for Violin and Orchestra in C major, Op. 34 by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performer:  Gil Shaham (Violin)
Conductor:  Mikhail Pletnev
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Russian National Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1877; Russia 
Date of Recording: 12/1996 
Venue:  Great Hall, State Conservatory, Moscow 
Length: 9 Minutes 2 Secs. 

Customer Reviews

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 beautiful November 29, 2012 By John W. (Woori Yallock Vic., Australia) See All My Reviews "Russian music, it is often said, is best played by Russians. However here we have an Israeli soloist sharing the stage with a Russian Orchestra and Conductor, and together they deliver first rate. Some may think this version is a little chocolate sweet, and prefer the Heifitz or recent Vengarov release, both of which are a little more clinical and penetrating. This version is charming in its delicasy." Report Abuse
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