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Dvorak, Glazunov: Concertos; Schubert / Milstein, Steinberg


Release Date: 11/16/1999 
Label:  Emi Classics   Catalog #: 67250   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Antonín DvorákAlexander GlazunovFranz Schubert
Performer:  Nathan Milstein
Conductor:  William Steinberg
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 13 Mins. 

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This CD is reissued by ArkivMusic.

Notes and Editorial Reviews

Nathan Milstein was without question one of the handful of truly great 20th century violinists, right up there with Heifetz, Oistrakh, Szigeti, Kreisler--you name it. Though not as flamboyant as some of his colleagues, his exceptional musicianship encompassed virtuosity of the highest order, always placed in the service of the music. These two splendid performances show what Milstein could do with material often considered less than first rate. Dvorák's lovely concerto has been making a comeback in concert and on disc, but for years it was neglected largely because of the harsh things that Brahms and Joachim had to say about its refusal to follow strict classical form. As if that matters. The piece employs a generous number of Read more wonderful tunes, and Dvorák's decision to throw the work's musical weight into the finale makes it one of his most satisfying formal experiments. Milstein plays the concerto beautifully, with his typically aristocratic poise and a lightness of rhythm and purity of intonation (in the finale especially) that makes the music seem to float across the bar lines. As for the Glazunov: Milstein played the concerto under the composer himself, and had as firm a grip on it as anyone. His flowing tempos and unobtrusive virtuosity elevate this genial work to the status of a minor masterpiece. The Schubert symphony is good enough (and mono), but has nothing to do with the reasons for acquiring this excellently remastered disc. Buy it for Milstein, and enjoy. [6/15/2000]

--David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com
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Works on This Recording

1.
Concerto for Violin in A minor, Op. 53 by Antonín Dvorák
Performer:  Nathan Milstein (Violin)
Conductor:  William Steinberg
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1879-1880; Bohemia 
Date of Recording: 04/16/1957 
Venue:  Sylvia Mosque, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 
Length: 30 Minutes 26 Secs. 
2.
Concerto for Violin in A minor, Op. 82 by Alexander Glazunov
Performer:  Nathan Milstein (Violin)
Conductor:  William Steinberg
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1904; Russia 
Date of Recording: 04/17/1957 
Venue:  Sylvia Mosque, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 
Length: 18 Minutes 39 Secs. 
3.
Symphony no 2 in B flat major, D 125 by Franz Schubert
Conductor:  William Steinberg
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1814-1824; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 02/09/1952 
Venue:  Sylvia Mosque, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 
Length: 25 Minutes 22 Secs. 
Notes: This selection is a monoaural recording. 

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