Rafael Kubelik recorded a good if not spectacular Tchaikovsky Fourth for EMI with the Vienna Philharmonic, and this one is even better. The high points consist of the two final movements: a zippy scherzo full of fun, and a racy finale with one of the best-conducted codas you'll ever hear. The Andantino features an appealing simplicity, while the first movement, a touch underplayed at the climaxes, nevertheless has no dead spots at all and an impressive continuity of line. Excellent playing, with especially distinguished winds, and impressively full recorded sound (also in the concerto) caps a fine issue.
If anything, the performance of the Violin Concerto is even better. This was Pinchas Zukerman's German debut (24 April 1969;Read more the symphony was on the same program), back when he was one of the most exciting young violinists around. And let's not forget that Kubelik's father was a highly celebrated Czech violinist (Jan Kubelik), so the son undoubtedly knew this work like the back of his hand. It's a reading of high drama and tremendous conviction, with Zukerman taking risks all over the place in the outer movements and offering a sweetly sung Canzonetta in between. Despite moments of coarse tone (especially in the finale), the whole thing has the feeling of a spontaneous event, and it's easy to imagine the audience leaping to its feet at the close. This is a fine disc, but more importantly, a really fun one with a genuine sense of occasion.
--David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com Read less
Works on This Recording
Concerto for Violin in D major, Op. 35by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky Performer:
Pinchas Zukerman (Violin)
Bavarian Symphony Orchestra,
Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic Written: 1878; Russia
Symphony no 4 in F minor, Op. 36by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky Conductor:
Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra,
Bavarian Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic Written: 1877-1878; Russia
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Wow!September 22, 2015By gwen t. (Culver City, CA)See All My Reviews"I bought this for the Violin Concerto, and I was not disappointed! The soloist is a very young Pinchas Zukerman, who plays with youthful confidence and abandon. Really exciting and fun to listen to! It leaves you breathless!"Report Abuse