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Prokofiev, Sibelius: Violin Concertos / Gringolts, Et Al


Release Date: 06/15/2004 
Label:  Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog #: 474814   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Sergei ProkofievJean Sibelius
Performer:  Ilya Gringolts
Conductor:  Neeme Järvi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 9 Mins. 

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This CD is reissued by ArkivMusic.

Notes and Editorial Reviews

Ilya Gringolts seems to be one of the handful of violinists of the younger generation who takes risks to personalize what he plays—and generally succeeds. His musical intelligence makes as strong an impression as does his technical preparedness; he seems to do things because he’s decided to rather than simply because his hands have fallen into a pattern, however fascinating. Although, then, his readings of Prokofiev’s concerto may stand above even those of the Humoresques and even further above that of the Sibelius concerto, few should be disappointed overall, since his program contains so many moments of strong-minded integrity and searching exploration. Strongly recommended.

Robert Maxham, FANFARE

Ilya
Read more Gringolts is one sensational violinist. From a purely technical point of view, the playing on offer here is nothing short of astounding. The performance of Prokofiev's First Concerto is as fine as any available, with a central scherzo offering the last word in virtuosity and, in the slow outer movements, a sensitivity to accent and phrasing that constantly engages the ear. You won't find a more satisfying account of the finale anywhere, not even by [insert name of long-dead "golden age" legend]. It's that good. The Sibelius also is very distinctive, but it probably will strike most listeners as the more controversial of the two concerto interpretations. Certainly the opening movement offers little cause for complaint. Gringolts takes an unusually direct approach, keeping the tempo steady even in the huge central cadenza, where many players tend to slow down. In this he recalls Heifetz (who is faster still), and the movement's conclusion is thrilling, with Neeme Järvi knowing exactly what to do to keep the orchestra at high boil without covering the soloist. The Adagio is passionate and very beautifully phrased, the tempo gravely contemplative, with an especially poetic coda after the big climax.

Gringolts and Järvi make the finale sound very Russian, taking a moderate tempo and indulging some heavy-handed phrasing of the opening theme (indeed, it sounds almost like Prokofiev). I personally prefer a swifter pace and a lighter touch, but on the other hand you can hear not just every note, but also the fact that Gringolts is playing each of them perfectly, which is no mean achievement. In the four Humoresques, Gringolts is a model of sensitivity and introspection, and these pieces make excellent fillers. Well balanced, vivid sound complements a release that violin fans surely will enjoy, one that confirms Gringolts' growing reputation as a hot virtuoso who's much more than just a hot virtuoso.

--David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com

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Works on This Recording

1. Concerto for Violin no 1 in D major, Op. 19 by Sergei Prokofiev
Performer:  Ilya Gringolts (Violin)
Conductor:  Neeme Järvi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1916-1917; Russia 
Date of Recording: 01/2004 
Venue:  Konserthuset, Göteborg, Sweden 
Length: 21 Minutes 58 Secs. 
2. Concerto for Violin in D minor, Op. 47 by Jean Sibelius
Performer:  Ilya Gringolts (Violin)
Conductor:  Neeme Järvi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1903-1905; Finland 
Date of Recording: 06/2003 
Venue:  Konserthuset, Göteborg, Sweden 
Length: 32 Minutes 35 Secs. 
3. Humoresques (6) for Violin and Orchestra: no 4 in G minor, Op. 89 no 2 by Jean Sibelius
Performer:  Ilya Gringolts (Violin)
Conductor:  Neeme Järvi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1917; Finland 
Date of Recording: 06/2003 
Venue:  Konserthuset, Göteborg, Sweden 
Length: 3 Minutes 43 Secs. 
4. Humoresques (6) for Violin and Orchestra: no 5 in E flat major, Op. 89 no 3 by Jean Sibelius
Performer:  Ilya Gringolts (Violin)
Conductor:  Neeme Järvi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1917; Finland 
Date of Recording: 06/2003 
Venue:  Konserthuset, Göteborg, Sweden 
Length: 3 Minutes 33 Secs. 
5. Humoresques (6) for Violin and Orchestra: no 6 in G minor, Op. 89 no 4 by Jean Sibelius
Performer:  Ilya Gringolts (Violin)
Conductor:  Neeme Järvi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1917; Finland 
Date of Recording: 06/2003 
Venue:  Konserthuset, Göteborg, Sweden 
Length: 3 Minutes 23 Secs. 
6. Humoresques (6) for Violin and Orchestra: no 3 in G minor, Op. 89 no 1 by Jean Sibelius
Performer:  Ilya Gringolts (Violin)
Conductor:  Neeme Järvi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1917; Finland 
Date of Recording: 06/2003 
Venue:  Konserthuset, Göteborg, Sweden 
Length: 4 Minutes 6 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Violin Concerto No.1 in D, Op.19: 1. Andantino
Violin Concerto No.1 in D, Op.19: 2. Scherzo. Vivacissimo
Violin Concerto No.1 in D, Op.19: 3. Moderato
6 Humoresques for Violin and Orchestra: No.3, Op.89, No.1 - Alla gavotta
6 Humoresques for Violin and Orchestra: No.4, Op.89, No.2 - Andantino
6 Humoresques for Violin and Orchestra: No.5, Op.89, No.3 - Commodo
6 Humoresques for Violin and Orchestra: No.6, Op.89, No.4 - Allegro
Violin Concerto in D minor, Op.47: 1. Allegro moderato
Violin Concerto in D minor, Op.47: 2. Adagio di molto
Violin Concerto in D minor, Op.47: 3. Allegro, ma non tanto

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