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Dvorak Violin Concerto

Isabelle Faust, Alexander Melnikov Audio CD
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  • Composer: Johannes Brahms
  • Audio CD (26 Aug 2008)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Harmonia Mundi
  • ASIN: B0002TKGKI
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 34,441 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. Violin Concerto, Op. 53: I. Allegro Ma Non TroppoIsabelle Faust, Jiri Belohlavek and The Prague Philharmonia11:09Album Only
Listen  2. Violin Concerto, Op. 53: II. Adagio Ma Non TroppoIsabelle Faust, Jiri Belohlavek and The Prague Philharmonia10:06Album Only
Listen  3. Violin Concerto, Op. 53: III. Allegro Giocoso Ma Non TroppoIsabelle Faust, The Prague Philharmonia and Jiri Belohlavek10:21Album Only
Listen  4. Trio for Piano, Violin and Cello, Op. 65: I. Allegro Ma Non TroppoIsabelle Faust, Jiri Belohlavek, Jean-Guihen Queyras, Alexander Melnikov and The Prague Philharmonia12:41Album Only
Listen  5. Trio for Piano, Violin and Cello, Op. 65: II. Allegro GraziosoIsabelle Faust, The Prague Philharmonia, Jiri Belohlavek, Jean-Guihen Queyras and Alexander Melnikov 6:430.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Trio for Piano, Violin and Cello, Op. 65: III. Poco AdagioIsabelle Faust, Jean-Guihen Queyras, Jiri Belohlavek, The Prague Philharmonia and Alexander Melnikov 9:400.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Trio for Piano, Violin and Cello, Op. 65: IV. Allegro Con BrioIsabelle Faust, Alexander Melnikov, The Prague Philharmonia, Jiri Belohlavek and Jean-Guihen Queyras 8:590.89  Buy MP3 


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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Most convincing; most winning! 9 Jun 2012
By enthusiast TOP 500 REVIEWER
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This is a wonderful account of the Dvorak concerto - perhaps the one that convinces us more than any other that it belongs among the great Romantic violin concertos. There are so many "young violinists" before us at the moment and many are attracting huge praise. I have sampled a few and have sometimes been duly impressed but Faust is something special. Within a few bars in the concerto you know you are listening to an exceptional violinist. It isn't about the sound she makes (which is lovely) or her phrasing (which is accomplished) ... it is something less tangible ... or more akin to electricity. It makes your ears alert. And what you hear is a most magical and beautiful account of the work: Faust playing is singingly spontaneous. There is a strong streak of fantasy. And an oomph ... that quality that comes from musicians playing together and enjoying the experience. The trio is new to me and is a lovely work, filled with rich warm melodies. Those who have already encountered Faust's partnership with Melnikov in chamber music will know to expect some magical and beautiful music making. A treasurable CD - highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars prize-winning performances ; wonderful! 16 Mar 2007
By Mr. Ian A. Macfarlane TOP 100 REVIEWER
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This CD won a critics' award from the 'Gramophone' magazine, and it's no wonder. The Concerto is played with complete conviction and assurance. It's not the very best Dvorak, but it sits well for the violin and is a very attractive piece. Isabelle Faust combines the athleticism of the lively passages with the wistfulness of the more thoughtful ones with great assurance, and she is idiomatically partnered by Jiri Belohlavek, a fine Czech conductor. The Trio is a revelation. I didn't know the piece, but it is glorious, a better work than the Concerto really, and it's played for all it is worth here. Faust may be the Concerto soloist, but in the Trio the work is shared out equally and it is a real chamber performance, beautifully balanced and wonderfully played. This is an outstanding CD, as 'The Gramophone' decided.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
By I. Giles TOP 50 REVIEWER
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This disc, very well recorded in 2003, offers a relatively unusual coupling but one that actually makes sense, particularly bearing in mind the readings that are also offered. Both of these works were written close to each other and at a time when the composer was influenced strongly by Brahms' example. In addition the third trio was written at a time when Dvorak had experienced recent bereavements. These considerations are mentioned, quite rightly, in the sleeve notes and those considerations have had an impact on these somewhat individual readings.

The concerto was written in 1879-80 and the trio in 1893. They pre-date the seventh symphony which is by far the most 'symphonic' of the late symphonies and the least Slavonic. Considering the trio first, this is given an emotionally tough reading with very little emphasis laid upon the Slavonic features such as those found in the Allegro grazioso of the second movement or the final movement. Instead the approach is much darker and more central European with the dramatic elements brought to the fore rather than the folk elements. The tempi are similar to most Slavonic performances but the phrasing within those tempi is less buoyant, less grazioso, and the accenting is more symphonically forceful. Bearing in mind the emotional state of distress that Dvorak was in at the time, this seems to be a perfectly valid, if unusual, view of the trio. The playing of the trio members is both excellent and completely committed to this interpretation which is completely convincing in its own right.

The concerto, equally, has more symphonic weight and less of the Slavonic nature to it than usual.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Unheralded Trio a revelation 5 April 2008
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This is a first-class recording and superbly played throughout. The revelation is the Piano Trio no 3 which I did not know but now place up there with the Dvorak Piano Quintet as being his best Chamber music. In particular the second movement is infectious from first hearing and the third is achingly beautiful. I can't recommend this too strongly.
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---Gramophone---
The concerto has seen a spate of recordings in recent years, but with vivid recording in the Rudolfinum in Prague, this intense version is one of the most distinctive.

---Classics Today, artistic quality: 9/10, sound quality: 9/10---
Isabelle Faust is an excellent artist, and she turns in a winning performance of Dvorák's sunny Violin Concerto, a work that has steadily returned to public favor (and rightly so) in the past couple of decades. My only criticism of this performance concerns a slight stiffness of rhythm at the opening of the finale that you will not find in such celebrated interpretations as Suk/Ancerl on Supraphon-however, Faust quickly gets into the swing of things as the movement proceeds, thanks in large part to Jiri Bélohlávek's totally idiomatic conducting and the sharply focused rhythmic response of his orchestra. In the first two movements, Faust offers as fine an interpretation as any, playing with purity of timbre and inflecting Dvorák's gorgeous tunes with sweetness and, where required, with passion (especially in the opening movement). She's also naturally balanced against the orchestra, allowing some very winning give and take between the soloist and the band in the central Adagio ma non troppo. Coupling the Violin Concerto with Dvorák's finest trio is an excellent idea. Once again, the performance does not quite rise to the level of, say, the Suk Trio, particularly in the first movement where Faust and company sacrifice a bit of the music's intensity for the sake of urgency; but if it's a fault, it's certainly one in the right direction.
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