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Sibelius: Violin Concerto - Original & Final Versions


Release Date: 11/23/1992 
Label:  Bis   Catalog #: 500   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Jean Sibelius
Performer:  Leonidas Kavakos
Conductor:  Osmo Vänskä
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lahti Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 15 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

People who want to know what the withdrawn original version of the Violin Concerto of Sibelius sounds like will have to hear this recording by violinist Leonidas Kavakos with Osmo Vänskä and the Lahti Symphony. Sibelius withdrew the version of the Concerto premiered in 1904 shortened it, tightened it and focused it and premiered a second version in 1905. The revised version became a warhorse in the stable of violin concertos, but the original version disappeared until this world-premiere recording was released in 1990.

Sibelius' original Violin Concerto is more expansive, more discursive, more overtly romantic, and more overtly virtuosic. By following a performance of the original version with a performance of the
Read more revised version, the weaknesses of the original are more obvious while the strengths of Sibelius' revisions are more apparent. Kavakos is a fine and fervent soloist who makes persuasive cases for each version of the work. Vänskä and the Lahti are sympathetic accompanists in either version of the work. An audience looking for a single recording of Sibelius' Violin Concerto should probably look for either the muscular and more passionate performance of Oistrakh or the virtuosic and more intense performance of Heifetz. But for the audience that has already heard several dozen recordings, hearing the original will be irresistible. BIS's sound on its 500th release is clear, deep, and real.

– James Leonard, All Music Guide Read less

Works on This Recording

1. Concerto for Violin in D minor, Op. 47 by Jean Sibelius
Performer:  Leonidas Kavakos (Violin)
Conductor:  Osmo Vänskä
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lahti Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1903-1905; Finland 
Notes: Version: Original (1903/4) 

Sound Samples

Violin Concerto in D minor, Op. 47: I. Allegro moderato
Violin Concerto in D minor, Op. 47: II. Adagio di molto
Violin Concerto in D minor, Op. 47: III. Allegro (ma non tanto)
Violin Concerto in D minor, Op. 47: I. Allegro moderato
Violin Concerto in D minor, Op. 47: II. Adagio di molto
Violin Concerto in D minor, Op. 47: III. Allegro, ma non tanto

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