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The Art Of Giuseppe Sinopoli - Concerto Recordings

Sinopoli,Giuseppe
Release Date: 07/17/2012 
Label:  Imports   Catalog #: 2029964  
Composer:  Ludwig van BeethovenMax BruchFelix MendelssohnJean Sibelius,   ... 
Performer:  Martha ArgerichGil ShahamMischa MaiskyMaurizio Pollini,   ... 
Conductor:  Giuseppe Sinopoli
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia OrchestraBerlin Philharmonic OrchestraNew York Philharmonic
Number of Discs: 8 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

...Shaham somehow creates a wider scale and range of emotions by keeping, or giving the impression of keeping just that little bit more in reserve. He also lifts the orchestra where the score demands, rather than constantly rising above it, so that the performance becomes more of an organic whole...

-- Dominy Clements, MusicWeb International
reviewing the Bruch and Mendelssohn Violin Concerti


[Sinopoli's] and Mischa Maisky's interpretation of Elgar's Cello Concerto is deeply felt and has no idiosyncrasies of tempo. It reinforces Elgar's own description of the piece—''a big work, and I think good and alive''. Maisky's impressive playing of the introductory flourish announces that this will
Read more be a big-scale performance and DG have provided him with a beautifully-balanced recording. Soloist and conductor both convey the pathos of the music, but without any glutinous self-pity. Nobility is the order of the day.

-- Gramophone
reviewing the Elgar Cello Concerto


Shaham has his own individuality, as one discovers readily when listening to the exquisitely gentle way he presents Saint-Saens's captivating Barcarolle, which forms the principal melody of the Andante of the B minor Concerto. There is another moment of magic at the appearance of the chorale in the finale. Sinopoli, who proves a superb accompanist, introduces this with a rapt pianissimo on the orchestral strings (track 6, 4'01") and the violin entry 26 seconds later perfectly catches the exquisite mood of a tune that later we are to hear quite transformed and shining out stirringly on the brass. The concerto's boldly passionate opening has the kind of dash and flair—to say nothing of an unexaggerated G-string gutsiness—from the soloist that is to make the histrionics of the finale sound so racily exuberant.

Paganini's First Concerto opens pompously. Its orchestral ritornello has much surface energy and jolly, grandiose hyperbole, so that the listener might well become impatient. But when the ingratiating secondary theme arrives (it was made famous by Stewart Grainger in a Biopic called The Magic Bow) one quite forgives the relative vacuousness of what has gone before. Shaham, who has made a superbly confident entry and already coursed his way engagingly through a good deal of intricate embellishment, presents it with appealing simplicity. A little later on (10'08") when the violin jigs happily through all kinds of complicated upper tessitura, he seems perfectly relaxed, so that when the lyrical tune steals in again softly (10'57" and then once more at 12'26") one realizes how cunningly Paganini is alternately providing breathtaking fireworks and then beguiling the ear. The Andante (after another portentous opening) also has a charming melody, and Shaham floats it ravishingly over Sinopoli's finely graduated sotto voce, pizzicato accompaniment, while later his full-throated burst of feeling is even more compelling. The dancing spiccato of the finale is a Joy in its easy rhythmic lightness and grace, with the harmonic stratospherics never bringing a hint of scratchiness: one can revel in the glitter without the ear being assaulted (just listen to that passagework at 2'59"!). This is also a credit to the DG balance engineer, Klaus Hiemann, who, reasonably enough, places the violin forward but in a convincing relationship with the orchestra, which is given a big, full-blooded sound within the excellent acoustics of New York's Manhattan Center.

-- Gramophone [5/1991]
reviewing the Paganini and Saint-Saëns Concerti Read less

Works on This Recording

1. Concerto for Piano no 1 in C major, Op. 15 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Martha Argerich (Piano)
Conductor:  Giuseppe Sinopoli
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1795; Vienna, Austria 
2. Concerto for Piano no 2 in B flat major, Op. 19 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Martha Argerich (Piano)
Conductor:  Giuseppe Sinopoli
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1793/1798; Vienna, Austria 
3. Concerto for Violin no 1 in G minor, Op. 26 by Max Bruch
Performer:  Gil Shaham (Violin)
Conductor:  Giuseppe Sinopoli
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1868; Germany 
4. Concerto for Violin in E minor, Op. 64 by Felix Mendelssohn
Performer:  Gil Shaham (Violin)
Conductor:  Giuseppe Sinopoli
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1844; Germany 
5. Concerto for Violin in D minor, Op. 47 by Jean Sibelius
Performer:  Gil Shaham (Violin)
Conductor:  Giuseppe Sinopoli
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1903-1905; Finland 
Date of Recording: 12/1991 
Venue:  All Saints' Church, Tooting, London 
Length: 31 Minutes 6 Secs. 
6. Concerto for Violin in D major, Op. 35 by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performer:  Gil Shaham (Violin)
Conductor:  Giuseppe Sinopoli
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1878; Russia 
Date of Recording: 12/1991 
Venue:  All Saints' Church, Tooting, London 
Length: 35 Minutes 23 Secs. 
7. Concerto for Cello in E minor, Op. 85 by Sir Edward Elgar
Performer:  Mischa Maisky (Cello)
Conductor:  Giuseppe Sinopoli
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1919; England 
Date of Recording: 03/1990 
Venue:  Watford Town Hall, London 
Length: 28 Minutes 1 Secs. 
8. Chamber Symphony no 1 in E major, Op. 9 by Arnold Schoenberg
Conductor:  Giuseppe Sinopoli
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1906; Vienna, Austria 
9. Masse: Omaggio a Edgard Varèse by Giacomo Manzoni
Performer:  Maurizio Pollini (Piano)
Conductor:  Giuseppe Sinopoli
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1977; Italy 
10. Concerto for Flute and Harp in C major, K 299 (297c) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Kenneth Smith (Flute), Bryn Lewis (Harp)
Conductor:  Giuseppe Sinopoli
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1778; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 12/1991 
Venue:  All Saints' Church, Tooting, London 
Length: 29 Minutes 36 Secs. 
11. Sinfonia concertante for Winds in E flat major, K 297b (K Anh 9) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Michael Collins (Clarinet), Meyrick Alexander (Bassoon), John Anderson (Oboe),
Richard Watkins (French Horn)
Conductor:  Giuseppe Sinopoli
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Written: 1778 
Date of Recording: 12/1991 
Venue:  All Saints' Church, Tooting, London 
Length: 30 Minutes 19 Secs. 
12. Concerto for Violin no 1 in D major, Op. 6 by Niccolò Paganini
Performer:  Gil Shaham (Violin)
Conductor:  Giuseppe Sinopoli
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Philharmonic
Period: Romantic 
Written: ?1817 
Date of Recording: 12/1989 
Venue:  Manhattan Center, New York City 
Length: 30 Minutes 43 Secs. 
13. Concerto for Violin no 3 in B minor, Op. 61 by Camille Saint-Saëns
Performer:  Gil Shaham (Violin)
Conductor:  Giuseppe Sinopoli
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Philharmonic
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1880; France 
Date of Recording: 12/1989 
Venue:  Manhattan Center, New York City 
Length: 31 Minutes 56 Secs. 

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