Britten & Hindemith: Violin Concertos / Steinbacher, Jurowski, Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin

Release Date: 10/20/2017
Label: Pentatone
Catalog Number: PTC5186625
Conductor: Vladimir Jurowski
Orchestra/Ensemble: Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1

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$19.99
Notes and Editorial Reviews
Breathtaking virtuosity flows seamlessly with expansive lyrical passages and fiendish passagework in this commanding performance by Arabella Steinbacher of the restless and technically demanding violin concertos of Britten and Hindemith in this new release from PENTATONE, with the Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin conducted by Vladimir Jurowski. Britten’s haunting and mesmerising violin concerto is considered one of the century’s finest. The three contrasting movements are replete with grand theatrical gestures, unabashed lyricism, and show-stopping pyrotechnics, and the work closes with an austere passacaglia of other-wordly beauty and power. Following the work’s enthusiastic reception at its premiere in 1940 at Carnegie Hall, Britten declared “So far, it is without question my best piece”. “Britten and Hindemith completed their concertos at about the same time,” writes Steinbacher, “both are absolutely bursting with emotional turmoil, persisting precariousness, and latent despair.” Steinbacher feels a particular affinity with the Hindemith concerto. “Every artist introduces his own life experiences and personal feelings into his interpretations ... with the Hindemith concerto, I have an extremely close, even private connection, as my father knew Hindemith rather well.”

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REVIEWS:

Steinbacher’s lithe playing, alive to both concertos’ volatilities, is matched by orchestral playing of depth and heart.

– BBC Music Magazine

Steinbacher takes the technical difficulties of both works — Heifetz called the Britten unplayable — in her stride and finds a singing lyricism in both works. She has idiomatic partners in Jurowski and his new Berlin band, who make as much of Britten’s and Hindemith’s orchestral writing as Steinbacher does of her solo.

– The Sunday Times (UK)
Works on This Recording
1. Concerto for Violin in D minor, Op. 15 by Benjamin Britten
Performer: Arabella Steinbacher (Violin)
Conductor: Vladimir Jurowski
Orchestra/Ensemble: Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1939/1958 ; England
2. Concerto for Violin by Paul Hindemith
Performer: Arabella Steinbacher (Violin)
Conductor: Vladimir Jurowski
Orchestra/Ensemble: Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1939 ; Switzerland
3. Concerto for Violin by Paul Hindemith
Performer: Arabella Steinbacher (Violin)
Conductor: Vladimir Jurowski
Orchestra/Ensemble: Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1939 ; Switzerland
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