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Beethoven: Violin Concerto / Sitkovetsky, Marriner


Release Date: 07/04/2000 
Label:  Virgin Classics Special Import Catalog #: 45001   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Dmitri Sitkovetsky
Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 2 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

"With his bright rather than warm tone, Sitkovetsky gives a clean-cut reading of the Beethoven, matched by the fresh, straightforward accompaniment of Sir Neville Marriner and the Academy. Next to the very strong, positive readings of Perlman and Kremer, both of them recorded live, Sitkovetsky's may seem rather small-scale, but there is room for his direct approach, with measured speeds generally kept steady, and with impulsive rubato generally avoided. It is a reading that tends to linger rather than press on, though Sitkovetsky's disciplined control readily holds the long first movement together, helped by crisply dramatic tutti, in which Marriner, following convention, does tend to press ahead of the basic tempo. Fresh and Read more attractive as the result is, one welcomes the way that the cadenza brings an extra element of fantasy.

In the central Larghetto Sitkovetsky allows himself a more individual manner, though he remains cooler than Perlman or Kremer as well as Frank Peter Zimmermann, whose EMI version with Jeffrey Tate and the ECO presents the work on a comparable scale, both in the approach and the forces used. The rondo finale follows a similar pattern at a well-sprung, if unrushed tempo, and as in the first movement the soloist's directness fails to bring out the mystery that lies behind the central minor-key episodes. None the less, steady or not, the coda brings fair excitement, and the whole performance gains enormously from the quality of sound, full and open with plenty of body."

-- Gramophone [3/1944]
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Works on This Recording

1.
Concerto for Violin in D major, Op. 61 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Dmitri Sitkovetsky (Violin)
Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
Period: Classical 
Written: 1806; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 01/1991 
Venue:  Watford Town Hall, London 
Length: 44 Minutes 57 Secs. 
2.
Romance for Violin and Orchestra no 1 in G major, Op. 40 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Dmitri Sitkovetsky (Violin)
Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
Period: Classical 
Written: 1802; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 01/1991 
Venue:  Watford Town Hall, London 
Length: 7 Minutes 52 Secs. 
3.
Romance for Violin and Orchestra no 2 in F major, Op. 50 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Dmitri Sitkovetsky (Violin)
Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
Period: Classical 
Written: ?1798; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 01/1991 
Venue:  Watford Town Hall, London 
Length: 9 Minutes 14 Secs. 

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