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Szymanowski: Violin Concertos No 1 & 2, Three Paganini Caprices, Romance / Simon Rattle, Et Al


Release Date: 09/10/2002 
Label:  Emi Classics   Catalog #: 55607   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Karol Szymanowski
Performer:  Thomas ZehetmairSilke Avenhaus
Conductor:  Simon Rattle
Orchestra/Ensemble:  City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
CD not available: This title is currently only available as an MP3 download.  

This CD is reissued by ArkivMusic.

Notes and Editorial Reviews

This disc received the 1997 Gramophone award for "Best Concerto Recording".
At the helm of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Simon Rattle consistently delivers inspired and nuanced performances of late romantic works, outstanding in every way. This EMI Classics release of Karol Szymanowski's violin concertos with violinist Thomas Zehetmair is no exception. Foremost are a sense of drama and a care for detail mixed with characteristically bold exuberance and rhythmic drive. Dynamic contrasts abound, and the sense of musical climax is especially satisfying.
Szymanowski wrote his two violin concertos and several shorter violin pieces for his close friend Pawel Kochanski. EMI gives us sparkling accounts of these, highlighting
Read more the lush orchestration and the wondrous, disconcerting harmonic landscape which is reminiscent of Scriabin, Strauss and early Stravinsky. Rattle explores the music, probing the composer's shifting textures without ever getting ahead of himself and giving a sense of where the moment may lead and, as a result, providing a real sense of discovery through hard-earned moments of revelation. The pieces for violin and piano showcase Zehetmair's prodigious talents ably accompanied by Silke Avenhaus. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Concerto for Violin no 1, Op. 35 by Karol Szymanowski
Performer:  Thomas Zehetmair (Violin)
Conductor:  Simon Rattle
Orchestra/Ensemble:  City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1916; Poland 
2.
Concerto for Violin no 2, Op. 61 by Karol Szymanowski
Performer:  Thomas Zehetmair (Violin)
Conductor:  Simon Rattle
Orchestra/Ensemble:  City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1933; Poland 
3.
Paganini Caprices (3), Op. 40 by Karol Szymanowski
Performer:  Thomas Zehetmair (Violin), Silke Avenhaus (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1918; Poland 
4.
Romance for Violin and Piano in D major, Op. 23 by Karol Szymanowski
Performer:  Silke Avenhaus (Piano), Thomas Zehetmair (Violin)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1910; Poland 

Sound Samples

Violin Concerto No. 1 Op. 35: Vivace assai - Tempo comodo: andantino - Subito vivace assai -
Violin Concerto No. 1 Op. 35: Vivace scherzando (Fig. 52) - Tempo comodo: allegretto - Vivace -
Violin Concerto No. 1 Op. 35: Cadenza (Vivace) - Allegro moderato - Lento assai
Violin Concerto No. 2 Op. 61: Moderato - Andante sostenuto - Tempo I - Cadenza -
Violin Concerto No. 2 Op. 61: Allegramente, molto energico (Fig. 26) -
Violin Concerto No. 2 Op. 61: Andantino molto tranquillo (Fig. 40) -Tempo I (Allegramente, animato)
3 Paganini Caprices Op. 40: I. Caprice No.20 (Andante dolcissimo - Vivace scherzando - Andante dolcissimo)
3 Paganini Caprices Op. 40: II. Caprice No.21 (Adagio)
3 Paganini Caprices Op. 40: III. Thème Varié. Caprice No.24
Romance Op. 23

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