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Britten: Violin Concerto, Double Concerto, Lachrymae CD

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  • Conductor: Ilan Volkov
  • Composer: Benjamin Britten
  • Audio CD (31 Jan 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Hyperion
  • ASIN: B006FNN8LY
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 210,032 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Violin Concerto Op 15 - Anthony Marwood/BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
2. Double Concerto in B minor - Anthony Marwood/BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
3. Lachrymae Op 48a - Anthony Marwood/BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra

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Concerto pour violon, op.15 - Double concerto en si mineur - Lachrymae, op.48a / Anthony Marwood, violon - Lawrence Power, alto - BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra - Ilan Volkov, direction


The rarity on this disc is the Double Concerto for violin and viola,composed while Britten was still a teenager but left in his bottom drawer until prepared by Colin Matthews in 1997. It is energetic and characterful, and emerges strongly from the performance of the soloists here. But it is overshadowed in originality by the Violin Concerto of seven years later.**** --Sunday Telegraph,29/01/12

In this country at least, Britten's Violin Concerto seems to be stealthily cementing its place in the concerto repertory; both live performances and recordings seem more and more frequent. This latest version is one of the best so far. Anthony Marwood's slightly detached, rhythmically incisive playing suits the dry, distantly neoclassical world of the Concerto perfectly, and Ilan Volkov marshals an equally crisp accompaniment. Nevertheless, the performance of the Double Concerto for violin, viola and strings seems even more remarkable. Composed in 1932, when Britten was a student at the Royal College of Music, it's one of the works that was only rehabilitated after his death. But here, with Laurence Power joining Marwood as soloist, it was made to seem a wonderfully distinctive and characterful work. Power's raptly beautiful account of the mysterious Lachrymae, the viola-and-strings "Reflections on a song by Dowland", is a final bonus. **** --Guardian,02/02/12

This disc offers a trio of highly characterful performances. --Gramophone,Mar'12

This is a highly distinguished recording, very intelligently planned and exceptionally well executed. IRR OUTSTANDING --IRR,Feb'12

You don't have to know that Britten's Violin concerto was written as war broke out in 1939 to sense that a global tragedy overshadows the music.Anthony Marwood, in one of the most gripping accounts of recent times, makes this aspect his own, by careful pacing, agile bow-work and careful tonal manipulation. --The Strad,Mar'12

Aided by the alert Iian Volkov, Anthony Marwood and Lawrence Power form a persuasive partnership on this recording. Performance **** Recording ***** --BBC Music Magazine, Apr'12

One of the Top 10 Classical recordings of 2012 --Sunday Times

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By N. E. M. Goulder on 11 Mar 2013
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I was nudged into buying this by a remark of Thomas Ades, who evidently finds the Violin Concerto one of Britten's greater (largely unsung) achievements. Ades is spot on - it is a terrific work, and it's such a shame it does not get more currency.
Marwood as always is a deeply intelligent and technically quite brilliant interpreter. The Double Concerto and Lachrymae also get most sympathetic treatment. I recommend this very highly.
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I bought this mostly for the Britten violin concerto, which I know better through Mark Lubotsky's recording. This recording of the violin concerto is beautifully played by Anthony Marwood, and the recording is excellent: there's a beautiful clarity to the sound of both violin and orchestra.

The double concerto for violin and viola is well-played, and well recorded. The piece itself is not so much of a standout as the violin concerto, but that's not the performers' fault.

Definitely recommended for Marwood's interpretation of the violin concerto.
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3 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Entartete Musik on 21 Feb 2012
Britten's 1932 Double Concerto for violin, viola and orchestra has taken a while to surface, but is now slowly gaining an enviable discography. Composed whileat the Royal College of Music, it is a petulant but colourful work. On this new Hyperion Records recording, it receives a pugnacious duel from Anthony Marwood and Lawrence Power, forming a polished triptych with Britten's Violin Concerto and Lachrymae.

The disc opens with Britten's more established Violin Concerto. Marwood and the BBC Scottish manage to convince of the work's somewhat uneven merits. A tighter more barbed accompaniment in the first movement would have thrown Marwood's luscious legato into greater relief, but come the central Vivace, orchestra and soloist are dazzling form. The somewhat elongated Passacaglia is given similar tension and verve.

Ivan Volkov hurtles into the Double Concerto with real relish. While there could be more bounce from the horns, the strings offer a well-punctuated accompaniment. Colours are backlit splendidly, providing a wealth of texture from which Marwood and Power launch strident imitative entries. Bearing the hallmarks of Britten's teacher John Ireland, this is a spirited work deserving wider attention. After that meeting of minds, Lawrence Power's passionate performance of the introspective Lachrymae - a work of poised invention - remains nonetheless lively and taut. The chamber music communication between soloist and orchestra in the final bars lends the disc a truly affecting close.
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