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This is a hybrid Super Audio CD playable on both regular and Super Audio CD players.
Vadim Gluzman must be one of the two or three finest violinists currently active, and we can only hope he stays loyal to BIS and doesn't waste his talent at one of the so-called "major" labels. He plays the Bruch concerto as if it were a completely new discovery, with a level of fire and passion that beggars description. He has no weaknesses: perfect intonation, beautiful tone throughout his range (even in double-stops and passagework), expressive intensity that never becomes maudlin or tasteless in the Adagio, and a keen sense of rhythm and phrasing that allows the finale to go like the
wind but still have shape. In short, this is as fine a performance of this much-too-frequently played piece as any in the history of recorded sound, and Gluzman is backed by an equally bold and exciting accompaniment from Andrew Litton and his Bergen orchestra, which seem to be entering a "golden" phase of their partnership.
Happily, the couplings make this a release of well above average interest on an entirely different level. Both works are rarities, but also consist of some really fine music. The Romance in F major is simply a lovely single movement for violin and orchestra, but the late quintet (1918) is a masterpiece. You'd never know it for a late work at all: it's a vibrant, passionate, but compact essay in Bruch's conservative romantic style, and certainly none the worse for that. Gluzman, who is as fine a chamber player as he is a soloist, has gathered together an equally dynamic group of companions and they play the music with a brilliance and spontaneity that makes its current neglect totally incomprehensible. It only remains to be said that BIS's SACD sonics are state-of-the-art. A mandatory acquisition.
– David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com
Works on This Recording
Romance for Viola and Orchestra, Op. 85 by Max Bruch
Vadim Gluzman (Violin)
Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra
Written: 1911; Germany
Quintet for Strings in A minor by Max Bruch
Ilze Klava (Viola),
Sandis Steinbergs (Violin),
Vadim Gluzman (Violin),
Maxim Rysanov (Viola),
Reinis Birznieks (Cello)
Written: 1919; Germany
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