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Sibelius: Complete Works For Violin And Orchestra / Tetzlaff


Release Date: 02/11/2003 
Label:  Virgin Classics   Catalog #: 45534   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Jean Sibelius
Performer:  Christian Tetzlaff
Conductor:  Thomas Dausgaard
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Danish National Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 19 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Primarily a commander of turgid orchestral forces and vibrant musical landscapes, Finnish composer Jean Sibelius brought his formidable musical gift to just a single concerto. It is for violin, unsurprisingly; early on, Sibelius had aspired to a career as a concert violinist. His understanding of the instrument, his gargantuan Wagnerian orchestration, and his unabashed lyricism have succeeded in putting that single concerto at the heart of the violin repertoire, and it remains one of the most popular concertos written after 1900. The demands on the violinist in the concerto (as well as the dozen or so violin works) are greater than the usual fast fingers. The virtuosity of a good Sibelius player is something more: a study in contrasts of Read more light and dark, hot and cold, sadness and mirth. Quite an imposing musical task.

German violinist Christian Tetzlaff has all the right tools in his shed. His eternal, liquid line and burly, burnished tone are ideally suited to he retro romanticism of Sibelius. He plays with understatement, emotive through a prevalent stoicism that gives way at, ooh, just the right times to unequivocal gush and guts. The sweet Humoresques are tender and nostalgic, the Serenades warm and effulgent. The rarely-recorded pictorial Suite is completely rapturous, and Tetzlaff is a knockout in the closing moto perpetuo. Simply a magnificent recording.

David Simmons, WQXR
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Works on This Recording

1.
Concerto for Violin in D minor, Op. 47 by Jean Sibelius
Performer:  Christian Tetzlaff (Violin)
Conductor:  Thomas Dausgaard
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Danish National Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1903-1905; Finland 
2.
Humoresques (2) for Violin and Orchestra, Op. 87 by Jean Sibelius
Performer:  Christian Tetzlaff (Violin)
Conductor:  Thomas Dausgaard
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Danish National Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1917; Finland 
3.
Humoresques (4) for Violin and Orchestra, Op. 89 by Jean Sibelius
Performer:  Christian Tetzlaff (Violin)
Conductor:  Thomas Dausgaard
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Danish National Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1917-1918; Finland 
4.
Pieces (2) for Violin/Cello and Orchestra, Op. 77 by Jean Sibelius
Performer:  Christian Tetzlaff (Violin)
Conductor:  Thomas Dausgaard
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Danish National Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1914; Finland 
5.
Serenades (2) for Violin and Orchestra, Op. 69 by Jean Sibelius
Performer:  Christian Tetzlaff (Violin)
Conductor:  Thomas Dausgaard
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Danish National Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1912-1913; Finland 
6.
Suite for Violin and Strings, Op. 117 by Jean Sibelius
Performer:  Christian Tetzlaff (Violin)
Conductor:  Thomas Dausgaard
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Danish National Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1929; Finland 

Sound Samples

Violin Concerto in D minor Op. 47: I. Allegro moderato
Violin Concerto in D minor Op. 47: II. Adagio di molto
Violin Concerto in D minor Op. 47: III. Allegro ma non tanto
Two Serenades Op. 69: No. 1 in D major Op.69a (Andante assai)
Two Serenades Op. 69: No. 2 in G minor Op.69b (Lento assai)
Two Pieces Op. 77: Cantique: Laetare anima mea
Two Pieces Op. 77: Devotion: Ab imo pectore
Two Humoresques Op. 87: No. 1 in D minor
Two Humoresques Op. 87: No. 2 in D major
Four Humoresques for Violin and Orchestra Op. 89: No. 1 in G minor for strings
Four Humoresques for Violin and Orchestra Op. 89: No. 2 in G minor for strings
Four Humoresques for Violin and Orchestra Op. 89: No. 3 in E flat major
Four Humoresques for Violin and Orchestra Op. 89: No. 4 in G minor
Suite for Violin and Strings Op. 117: Country Scenery : Allegretto
Suite for Violin and Strings Op. 117: Evening in Spring : Andantino
Suite for Violin and Strings Op. 117: In the Summer : Vivace

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