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Berg, Brahms: Violin Concertos / Capucon, Harding, Wiener Philharmoniker


Release Date: 10/09/2012 
Label:  Virgin Classics   Catalog #: 2653  
Composer:  Alban BergJohannes Brahms
Performer:  Renaud Capuçon
Conductor:  Daniel Harding
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

“I’ve long dreamed of playing with the Wiener Philharmoniker,” said violinist Renaud Capuçon in 2011, and his dream has come true with this recording of two concerto masterpieces of the Austro-German repertoire: the Brahms and the Berg, composed almost 50 years apart. The conductor is Daniel Harding, who has built a close relationship the legendary Viennese orchestra.

The contrast between the two works echoes the programme of Capuçon’s 2009 Virgin Classics release of the Beethoven and Korngold concertos, described by BBC Music as “a beautiful and appropriate pairing” and “perfect choices for Capuçon’s elegantly understated delivery”. In 2011, after a US performance of the Korngold –composed 10 years after
Read more the Berg and a more extrovert offshoot of the Austro-German tradition – the Chicago Tribune praised Capuçon’s “panache, sensitivity and sizzling virtuosity” and “the rich, penetrating sound he drew from his instrument, a 1737 Guarneri del Gesù once belonging to Isaac Stern”.

Capuçon has pronounced Brahms one of his favourite composers, “for his serenity and the sense of resurrection that he conveys”. His Virgin Classics recording of Brahms chamber works, with his cellist brother Gautier and the pianist Nicholas Angelich was described by Gramophone as “sure to kindle anyone's enthusiasm for Brahms. Warm, beautifully balanced tone stresses the composer's romantic side, as does the expansive phrasing. There's a feeling of spontaneity, too, as though each player is discovering new aspects to the music while recording it.”
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Works on This Recording

1. Concerto for Violin by Alban Berg
Performer:  Renaud Capuçon (Violin)
Conductor:  Daniel Harding
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1935; Austria 
2. Concerto for Violin in D major, Op. 77 by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Renaud Capuçon (Violin)
Conductor:  Daniel Harding
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1878; Austria 

Sound Samples

Concerto for Violin and Orchestra in D major/D-dur/en ré majeur Op.77: I. Allegro non troppo
Concerto for Violin and Orchestra in D major/D-dur/en ré majeur Op.77: II. Adagio
Concerto for Violin and Orchestra in D major/D-dur/en ré majeur Op.77: III. Allegro giocoso, ma non troppo vivace
Concerto for Violin and Orchestra, "To the memory of an angel"/"A la mémoire d'un ange": Andante - Allegretto
Concerto for Violin and Orchestra, "To the memory of an angel"/"A la mémoire d'un ange": Allegro - Adagio

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