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Stravinsky: Violin Concerto; Shostakovich: Symphony No 10 / Schneiderhan, Ancerl, Et Al

Release Date: 02/01/2002 
Label:  Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog #: 463666   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Igor StravinskyDmitri Shostakovich
Performer:  Wolfgang Schneiderhan
Conductor:  Karel Ancerl
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic OrchestraCzech Philharmonic Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Mixed 
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This CD is reissued by ArkivMusic.

Notes and Editorial Reviews

It's amusing to remember that for much of the 1960s, Deutsche Grammophon was a local German label, and every so often we see evidence of its roots. Nothing else accounts for the notes to this release, which spend nearly all of their time talking about Wolfgang Schneiderhan and the Berlin Philharmonic while hardly mentioning Karel Ancerl and completely neglecting the Czech Philharmonic (and for much of the '50s and '60s the Czech orchestra was better than Berlin). Indeed, good as the Schneiderhan/Ancerl Stravinsky concerto is (and it's very good indeed, particularly in the two inner movements that Stravinsky labeled Aria I and Aria II), the real draw is this best-ever performance of Shostakovich's Tenth Symphony.

Read more /> Recorded in 1956, just a couple of years after its premiere, this reading by Ancerl and the Czech Philharmonic still blows away most of the competition, including Mravinsky and Leningrad. The first movement flows spontaneously and effortlessly forward, rising to a massive central climax. Ancerl's scherzo never has been bettered, either for its playing or in its demonic drive and uninhibited emotional intensity (Mitropoulos actually was a bit faster, but far less disciplined). The third movement, with its evocative horn calls, sees Ancerl emphasizing its cool, mechanical rhythms to unsettling effect, while the finale flies by on a surge of adrenaline, those amazing Czech winds well to the fore. I can't imagine another European orchestra at this time that technically could have offered anything close to this achievement.

The Violin Concerto (which dates from 1963) is a fine sounding stereo recording, while the Shostakovich is superb mono. Indeed, it's so good-sounding that you'd hardly notice the mono provenance, and both performances have been very well remastered for this release. If you buy only a few new recordings this year, make sure that this is one of them. It's truly a "must hear" experience, even if (as seems likely) Universal declines to release it domestically.
--David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

Concerto for Violin in D major by Igor Stravinsky
Performer:  Wolfgang Schneiderhan (Violin)
Conductor:  Karel Ancerl
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1931; France 
Date of Recording: 1963 
Symphony no 10 in E minor, Op. 93 by Dmitri Shostakovich
Conductor:  Karel Ancerl
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1953; USSR 
Date of Recording: 1956 
Notes: This is a mono recording. 

Sound Samples

Violin Concerto in D: 1. Toccata
Violin Concerto in D: 2. Aria I
Violin Concerto in D: 3. Aria II
Violin Concerto in D: 4. Capriccio
Symphony No.10 in E minor, Op.93: 1. Moderato
Symphony No.10 in E minor, Op.93: 2. Allegro
Symphony No.10 in E minor, Op.93: 3. Allegretto
Symphony No.10 in E minor, Op.93: 4. Andante - Allegro

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