The pairing of Antonin Dvorák's Violin Concerto in A minor and Max Bruch's Violin Concerto No. 1 in G minor is appropriate because of the similarity of their formal designs, which were influenced by Mendelssohn's Violin Concerto in E minor, and because of their complementary moods. However, attentive listening will reveal important differences, such as the Bohemian rhythmic verve of the former, and the strong Brahmsian flavor of the latter. Julia Fischer finds the pieces are well-matched, and her engaging performances with David Zinman and the Zurich Tonhalle Orchestra display her vibrant, charismatic playing with solid, committed orchestral accompaniment. While the Dvorák concerto has been an underdog for years, finding fewRead more champions among the great violinists, Fischer gives it as much passion and flair as she does to the Bruch, undoubtedly because it has been a favorite of hers since childhood. Bruch's concerto is an evergreen that needs no special pleading, and Fischer gives it a heartfelt performance that seems a little bigger in effect than the Dvorák, though both performances are up to this artist's high standards and sound fully realized. Decca's recording is evenly balanced between Fischer and the orchestra when they play together, though the loud tutti passages sometimes seem a bit explosive, so some care might be needed with the volume setting.
Concerto for Violin in A minor, Op. 53by Antonín Dvorák Performer:
Julia Fischer (Violin)
Zurich Tonhalle Orchestra
Period: Romantic Written: 1879-1880; Bohemia
Violin Concerto in A minor, Op.53: 1. Allegro ma non troppo - Quasi moderato
Violin Concerto in A minor, Op.53: 2. Adagio, ma non troppo
Violin Concerto in A minor, Op.53: 3. Finale (Allegro giocoso, ma non troppo)
Violin Concerto No.1 in G minor, Op.26: 1. Vorspiel (Allegro moderato)
Violin Concerto No.1 in G minor, Op.26: 2. Adagio
Violin Concerto No.1 in G minor, Op.26: 3. Finale (Allegro energico)
Average Customer Review: ( 3 Customer Reviews )
Bruch and Dvorak's violin concertosJuly 30, 2013By Alex Hansa (Yandina, Queensland)See All My Reviews"Bruch is one of my favourite violin concertos. I enjoyed the Zürich Tonehalle under Zinman accompaniment of this great violin playing."Report Abuse
Classic PerformancesApril 30, 2013By Dr Howard T. (Thornhill, ON)See All My Reviews"Julia Fischer is a standout amongst her peers and those before her. Her technique is flawless, and her interpretation of the music she plays is simply sublime. Her rendering of the Dvorak concerto is tanatamount to a bravura performance. I can't listen to her play this piece too much quite frankly, and recommend this recording highly to anyone who has never heard her play the violin (not to mention that she's also an accomplished pianist!)."Report Abuse
great solo playing, not so great engineeringApril 11, 2013By Cynthia C. (Philadelphia, PA)See All My Reviews"Ms Fischer plays beautifully. The balance between the orchestra and soloist seems very bad at time.. Soloist not adequately miked."Report Abuse
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