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The Romantic Violin Concerto Vol.14 (Chloë Hanslip, Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana, Alexander Vedernikov) (Hyperion : CDA67940)

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  • Conductor: Alexander Vedernikov
  • Composer: Alexander Glazunov, Othmar Schoek
  • Audio CD (25 Feb 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Hyperion
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 196,387 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Alexander Glazunov | Violin Concerto in A minor Op 82 | Moderato [4'26]
2. Alexander Glazunov | Violin Concerto in A minor Op 82 | Andante cadenza [10'33]
3. Alexander Glazunov | Violin Concerto in A minor Op 82 | Allegro [5'53]
4. Alexander Glazunov | Meditation in D major Op 32 [4'15]
5. Alexander Glazunov | Mazurka-oberek in D major [9'56]
6. Othmar Schoeck | Concerto quasi una fantasia in B flat major Op 21 | Allegretto [13'22]
7. Othmar Schoeck | Concerto quasi una fantasia in B flat major Op 21 | Grave, non troppo lento [11'48]
8. Othmar Schoeck | Concerto quasi una fantasia in B flat major Op 21 | Allegro con spirito [8'56]

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The brilliant young violinist Chloë Hanslip has recorded another volume of Hyperion's Romantic Violin Concerto series, and displays her usual insouciant virtuosity and obvious delight in the music. Glazunov's Violin Concerto, written for Leopold Auer, is a masterpiece of violin writing, including a brilliantly effective cadenza by the composer himself. As Hans Keller wrote, 'Glazunov created an almost perfect concertoinstrumentally, the best I know amongst pianists' violin concertos'. Swiss composer Othmar Schoek is probably best known for his Lieder. His Concerto quasi una fantasia in B flat major, Op 21 for violin and full orchestra, is his most substantial concert work. The lyric passion and attractiveness of the work's ideas earn it a distinguished place among the violin concertos of the immediate pre-World War I period.


Volume 14 in Hyperion's Romantic violin-concerto series pairs a relatively familiar work from the turn of the 20th century, Glazunov's A minor Concerto, with a much more obscure one. Othmar Schoeck's substantial Concerto Quasi una Fantasia was an early score, completed in 1912 when he was very much in thrall to the Hungarian violinist Steffi Geyer (for whom Bartók also composed his first violin concerto). In many ways it's a relatively unremarkable late-Romantic, heart-on-sleeve concerto, owing a lot to Brahms and Bruch, with just the occasional chromatic passage to reveal that Schoeck had been a pupil of Max Reger but few hints of the bleak introspection that would be so characteristic of his mature music. Chloe Hanslip gives both concertos agile, nicely contained performances. *** --Guardian, 21/02/13

These also-rans of the violin repertoire have plenty going for them not least their melting lyricism and romantic/rhapsodic character, masking structural vagaries under a blanket of charm. Hanslip, accompanied by the Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana under Alexander Vedernikov, gives a far-from-superficial account of the Glazunov: she captures its dolce, espressivo spirit, adding the same composer s Meditation and Mazurka-oberek for good measure. But it's for Swiss composer Othmar Schoeck's concerto quasi una fantasia that her disc deserves attention. Known mainly for his Lieder, Schoeck (1886-1957) wrote a concerto full of soulful reverie, which Hanslip captures with breathtaking eloquence.**** --Financial Times,18/04/13

Hanslip gives a most convincing performance;her unobtrusive muscianship, with subtle variations in tone to match the emotional colour of each phraise, is admirably suited to the music's refined expressiveness.Throughout the disc, the orchestral contribution is splendidly clear and well balanced. --Gramophone, May'13

Chloe Hanslip…plays adeptly and intelligently throughout.(Her) fresh-minted and engrossing account is delivered with obvious affection for the music. As one has grown to expect from Hyperion, this beautifully recorded disc is handsomely packaged and engagingly annotated. --IRR,May'13

Perfect in inotation and effects. Performance***(*) Recording ***** --BBC Music Magazine, July'13

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Glazunov and Schoeck might not at first glance seem an obvious pairing on disc but their respective violin concertos share a concern with showcasing the lyrical potential of the violin, reflected in the emphasis on flowing melody in both compositions - perhaps there is a case to be made for a lack of drama and contrast in both works but the sheer expressive beauty they evince makes up for that in spades.

My first experience of the Glazunov concerto was Oscar Shumsky's recording for Chandos*, accompanied by the Scottish National Symphony Orchestra under Neemi Jarvi - it is still a strong contender in an increasingly crowded field, I think. Shumsky plays with a gloriously full tone and the Chandos engineers capture the late summer warmth of Glazunov's orchestration beautifully. I listened to it again after playing this new Hyperion disc and, while it loses none of its lustre by comparison, I think Chloe Hanslip is very much Shumsky's equal here and she shapes the elegant lines of the first movement's 'Moderato' wonderfully and brings a real sparkle to the irresistibly charming finale, while consistently displaying admirable adroitness from a technical point of view. Fine as the sound quality is on the Chandos recording, I think Hyperion have stolen a march on them with the engineering here - every detail of Glazunov's richly embroidered score comes across with pristine clarity but there is no lack of depth to the soundscape either; the other recording I listened to for comparison purposes comes as part of the Warner set devoted to the composer's symphonies and concertos* and, good though that performance is, it doesn't compare to Hanslip's for poetry and, in the finale, sheer verve - nor I have to say does the sound quality quite match either the Chandos or this new issue.
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Unquestionable purchase. 17 Aug 2014
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If you love luscious, fresh, and fiendishly virtuosic violin music snap up this CD immediately. It is bursting with Romantic energy and emotion.It is looking for a place on your CD shelf and deserves it. Puzzled, again, as to why such works are not played any more. 'Tis beyond me. Brahms and better.
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