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Shostakovich: Violin Concerto No. 1; Rihm: Gesungene Zeit / Jaap Van Zweden

Shostakovich / Netherlands Radio Philharmonic
Release Date: 10/29/2013 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8573271  
Composer:  Dmitri ShostakovichWolfgang Rihm
Performer:  Jaap Van Zweden
Conductor:  Edo De WaartZoltán Peskó
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Netherlands Radio Philharmonic OrchestraRoyal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 5 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Composed in 1947–48 but unperformed until 1955, Shostakovich’s First Violin Concerto is one of the great concertos of the twentieth century. The wide emotional range of its four-movement structure encompasses an opening of brooding, elegiac melancholy, a manic scherzo, a harrowing and deeply felt passacaglia, and a brilliant, concluding burlesque. Wolfgang Rihm has been described as ‘one of the most approachable, engaging and profound composers writing music today’ (The Guardian). The solo violin in Gesungene Zeit (Time Chant) plays one long fine-spun melody, the work creating a maximum of expression with a minimum of means. Composed in 1947–48 but unperformed until 1955, Shostakovich’s First Violin Concerto is one of the great concertos of the twentieth century. The wide emotional range of its four-movement structure encompasses an opening of brooding, elegiac melancholy, a manic scherzo, a harrowing and deeply felt passacaglia, and a brilliant, concluding burlesque. Wolfgang Rihm has been described as ‘one of the most approachable, engaging and profound composers writing music today’ (The Guardian). The solo violin in Gesungene Zeit (Time Chant) plays one long fine-spun melody, the work creating a maximum of expression with a minimum of means. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Concerto for Violin no 1 in A minor, Op. 77 by Dmitri Shostakovich
Performer:  Jaap Van Zweden (Violin)
Conductor:  Edo De Waart
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: USSR 
2.
Gesungene Zeit by Wolfgang Rihm
Performer:  Jaap Van Zweden (Violin)
Conductor:  Zoltán Peskó
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1991-1992; Germany 

Sound Samples

Violin Concerto No. 1 in A Minor, Op. 77: I. Nocturne: Adagio
Violin Concerto No. 1 in A Minor, Op. 77: II. Scherzo: Allegro non troppo
Violin Concerto No. 1 in A Minor, Op. 77: III. Passacaglia: Andante
Violin Concerto No. 1 in A Minor, Op. 77: IV. Burlesca: Allegro con brio
Gesungene Zeit (Time Chant)

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