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Dvorak: Violin Concerto, Etc; Sarasate / Akiko Suwanai, Etc


Release Date: 10/09/2001 
Label:  Philips   Catalog #: 464531   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Antonín DvorákPablo de Sarasate
Performer:  Akiko Suwanai
Conductor:  Iván Fischer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Budapest Festival Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 55 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Dvorák's Violin Concerto has been undergoing a renaissance of sorts on disc, one that it entirely deserves. Its critics (starting with Joachim and Brahms) dismissed it for not adopting the usual sonata-form first movement structure, instead welding the truncated opening to the gorgeous slow movement. But really, how many violin concertos are there where you can really say that the best, most characterful and highly developed movement is the finale? And what could possibly be bad about that? Clearly Fischer and Suwanai understand where the music's going: the performance gathers steam as it proceeds, and really cuts loose in that marvelous last movement. Suwani displays a characteristically polished technique and fine intonational ear Read more (lending a lovely purity of utterance to the slow movement), but she's not afraid to indulge in some "down and dirty" gypsy fiddling in the finale, or in the two Sarasate items that open the program. Okay, she may not be Josef Suk, Fischer is no Ancerl, and the Budapest Festival Orchestra is certainly no Czech Philharmonic; but this program--very well played, nicely recorded, and unified by its Slavic/gypsy theme--adds up to much more than the sum of its parts. Like the Dvorák itself, it builds to a rousing conclusion and makes for a very satisfying conceptual whole. You'll return to it many times, always with pleasure.

--David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Concerto for Violin in A minor, Op. 53 by Antonín Dvorák
Performer:  Akiko Suwanai (Violin)
Conductor:  Iván Fischer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Budapest Festival Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1879-1880; Bohemia 
Date of Recording: 12/1999 
Venue:  Italian Institute, Budapest, Hungary 
Length: 29 Minutes 32 Secs. 
2.
Mazurek for Violin and Orchestra in E minor, Op. 49/B 90 by Antonín Dvorák
Performer:  Akiko Suwanai (Violin)
Conductor:  Iván Fischer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Budapest Festival Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1879; Bohemia 
Date of Recording: 12/1999 
Venue:  Italian Institute, Budapest, Hungary 
Length: 6 Minutes 0 Secs. 
3.
Zigeunerweisen, Op. 20 by Pablo de Sarasate
Performer:  Akiko Suwanai (Violin)
Conductor:  Iván Fischer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Budapest Festival Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1878 
Date of Recording: 12/1999 
Venue:  Italian Institute, Budapest, Hungary 
Length: 7 Minutes 46 Secs. 
4.
Carmen Fantasy for Violin and Orchestra/Piano, Op. 25 by Pablo de Sarasate
Performer:  Akiko Suwanai (Violin)
Conductor:  Iván Fischer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Budapest Festival Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: ?1883 
Date of Recording: 12/1999 
Venue:  Italian Institute, Budapest, Hungary 
Length: 11 Minutes 37 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Zigeunerweisen, Op.20
Carmen Fantasy, Op.25
Mazurek, Op.49
Violin Concerto in A minor, Op.53: 1. Allegro ma non troppo - Quasi moderato
Violin Concerto in A minor, Op.53: 2. Adagio, ma non troppo
Violin Concerto in A minor, Op.53: 3. Finale (Allegro giocoso, ma non troppo)

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  1 Customer Review )
 A delightful recording August 4, 2012 By James Lowe (Owen Sound, ON) See All My Reviews "This performer was unknown to me prior to hearing this recording. Akiko Suwanai gives an impressive performance of the Dvorak concerto. The orchestra gives her superb backing making the whole a sonic delight. My main amp is out for service and I await its return in order to hear the total recording at its very best. I rate the whole CD with the Sarasate being a very good choice to complement Dvorak. A true pleasure to listen to.
James Lowe "
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