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Reger: Violin Concerto Op. 101 (Ulf Wallin; Münchner Rundfunkorchester; Ulf Schirmer) (CPO: 777736-2) [Hybrid SACD, SACD]

Ulf Wallin , Münchner Rundfunkorchester , Max Reger , Ulf Schirmer Audio CD
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  • Conductor: Ulf Schirmer
  • Composer: Max Reger
  • Audio CD (29 Oct 2012)
  • Please Note: Requires SACD-compatible hardware
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Hybrid SACD, SACD
  • Label: CPO
  • ASIN: B008U0FJPI
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 313,981 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Violin Concerto op. 101 in A major - Ulf Wallin/Münchner Rundfunkorchester
2. Aria for Violin solo & Orchestra op. 103a,3 (from Suite op. 103a in A minor) - Ulf Wallin/Münchner Rundfunkorchester

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cpo is proud to present Max Regers popular Violin Concerto performed by Ulf Wallin, one of the great Swedish violinists, accompanied by the Munich Radio Orchestra under Ulf Schirmer.

On this CD, Regers large scale symphonic concerto of almost an hour is coupled with Regers Aria for solo Violin and Orchestra, a work recalling the famous Air from Johann Sebastian Bachs third Orchestral Suite BWV 1068 with its quietly striding basses and melody played on the G string.

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4.0 out of 5 stars compare and contrast 19 Feb 2013
Format:Audio CD
Max Reger
Violin Concerto in A, Op. 101.
Aria for Violin and Orchestra, Op. 103,3
Ulf Wallin violin
Münchner Rundfunkorchedter
Ulf Schirmer
CPO 777 736-2
TT 61:24
Violin Concerto in A, Op. 101.
Chaconne for Solo Violin, Op. 117,4
Benjamin Schmid violin
Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra
Hannu Lintu
Ondine ODE 1203-2
TT 63:56

On listening to this work one soon comes to appreciate just why it has not become a staple of violinist's repertoire, yes it is a virtuosic piece in the romantic style, but it lacks the crowd pleasing `big tunes' or real cadenzas in which they can shine, Bruch or Tchaikovsky this aint! Rather the virtuosity lies in the interplay between the violinist and the rather large orchestra in this rather long, around 55 minutes, concerto.
Reger 1873-1916) composed the concerto in the winter of 1907-1908 and is clearly indebted to Brahms, who he venerated. It is composed in the classical style with three long movements, although at just under half an hour, the first movement is probably too long, which is one of the reasons why the concerto was not the success that Reger had hoped for, the other being the sumptuous orchestration which in some hands can make it sound stodgy. The second movement Largo con gran espressione is the most lyrical movement of the three, and the failure of the concerto led the German composer and musicologist, Hans Renner, to lament over the loss of this movement. While the final movement was described by the composer as "...a photograph of the devil's grandmother when that worthy lady was still young and went to all the court balls...
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Romantic Violin Concerto 19 Dec 2012
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The German composer Max Reger wrote a lot of music during his foreshortened life, some of it both difficult to perform and difficult to appreciate on first hearing. This is not one of the "difficult to appreciate" works; rather, in his Violin Concerto Reger has penned a genuine masterpiece very much in conscious tribute to the Brahms Violin Concerto. Lush harmonies and mellow themes predominate, very much in the style of other "late" orchestral works from this composer, such as his "Four Tone-Poems After Arnold Böcklin" and the Romantic Suite.

There are several other excellent recordings of this Concerto, the best of which is the Berlin Classics disc with Herbert Blomstedt and the Staatskapelle Dresden, with its concertmaster, Manfred Scherzer, as soloist. I had thought it would be unlikely to be surpassed, but this new CPO surround-sound SACD does exactly that. Violinist Ulf Schirmer, who has been recording the complete violin sonatas of Reger for CPO, is joined by the Munich Radio Symphony for a performance that is ever bit as wonderful as the Berlin Classics disc. The factor that tips the choice in CPO's favor is its superb 5-channel surround sound: the listener is enveloped -- immersed -- in Reger's lush score in a manner that really clarifies the various strands of his dense orchestral texture. Schirmer conquers the difficult violin part with admirable aplomb. Highly recommended!
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