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Tchaikovsky: Violin Concerto, Etc / Sitkovetsky, Et Al


Release Date: 04/04/2000 
Label:  Hänssler Classic   Catalog #: 98346   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
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 8 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Dimitry Sitkovetsky plays Tchaikovsky's violin concerto with such convincing musicianship, intelligence, and nobility that had he played the premiere in 1881 the work might have been spared its most vituperative criticisms. It is this quality of nobility in Sitkovetsky's interpretation that reveals the similarity of this work to Beethoven's concerto. Throughout, Sitkovetsky maintains a ravishingly beautiful tone that he employs with grace, eschewing the typical roughshod style. In the first movement cadenza we marvel at the dead-on intonation of the high notes as well as the imaginative rubato. Sitkovetsky invests much feeling in the Andante (as he does in the Meditation for Violin & Orchestra), which comes off here as a substantial Read more movement rather than just a moment of repose before the finale, where he sets off powerful and cleanly delineated fireworks. This performance, judging from the intuitive phrasing throughout, is clearly Sitkovetky's show, and while Neville Marriner and the Academy don't fan the flames the way Emil Tchakarov does for Augustin Dumay on Seraphim, they do provide a supportive accompaniment.


After such inspired music making it seems decidedly uninspired to end this disc with yet another Romeo and Juliet, especially when there are other Tchaikovsky works for violin and orchestra that could have showcased Sitkovetsky. And even though Marriner's Romeo and Juliet is actually pretty good (but lacking sufficient bass drum), it's no match for the pulse-pounding performances of Bernstein and the Israel Philharmonic (DG) or Muti and Philadelphia (EMI). Hänssler Classic's clear and full-sounding recording places the soloist slightly forward--though thankfully not in-your-face like so many of today's pop-engineered concerto recordings.
--Victor Carr, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1. Concerto for Violin in D major, Op. 35 by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performer:  Dmitri Sitkovetsky (Violin)
Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1878; Russia 
Date of Recording: 1999 
Venue:  Henry Wood Hall, London, England 
Length: 37 Minutes 16 Secs. 
2. Souvenir d'un lieu cher, Op. 42: no 1, Méditation by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performer:  Dmitri Sitkovetsky (Violin)
Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1878; Russia 
Date of Recording: 1999 
Venue:  Henry Wood Hall, London, England 
Length: 10 Minutes 43 Secs. 
3. Romeo and Juliet Overture by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1869/1880; Russia 
Date of Recording: 1999 
Venue:  Henry Wood Hall, London, England 
Length: 20 Minutes 9 Secs. 

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