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The Romantic Violin Concerto, Vol. 4 Moszkowski & Karlowicz [CD]

Tasmin Little Audio CD
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  • Conductor: Martyn Brabbins
  • Composer: Various
  • Audio CD (19 Mar 2004)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Hyperion
  • ASIN: B0000ARNEY
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 61,254 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Piano Concerto No. 1 in C Minor, Op. 35
2. Romanza: Andante
3. Vivace Assai
4. Ballade in G Minor
5. Allegro Comodo
6. Andante - Allegretto Tranquillo - Andante
7. Vivace

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars At Last! 11 April 2004
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This long awaited modern digital recording of a neglected masterpiece - Karlowicz's Violin Concerto - does not disappoint. The concerto is one of a handful of works by this Polish composer, whose early death in an avalanche in the Tatras mountains robbed us of a promising romantic voice. Previous CDs of the work have been poorly recorded and the new Hyperion has stunning orchestral sound and a sensible balance between soloist and orchestra. Tasmin Little plays the work like an old friend - confident and bright in the outer movements, and with enormous sensitivity in the central slow movement. She is the perfect advocate for a work which deserves to become as familiar as the Bruch, Mendelssohn or Brahms concertos. The Moszkowski makes an excellent companion, and the well filled disc is great value for money.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very enjoyable, with just a quibble or two 23 Nov 2013
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If you like the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto, then you will like these. Much as I like Tchaikovsky, I'm not a huge fan of the Violin Concerto, but it requires all a violinist's skill to put over (see Midori/ Abbado on Sony), and these pieces make the same kinds of demands. Tasmin Little is up to the challenge, the Hyperion sound is warm and pleasant, and Brabbins has the BBC Scottish players on their toes. Of the two concertos here, I prefer the Karlowicz, which seems a bit less fussy in its opening movement and where the orchestral part, to my ears, makes better expressive sense in relation to the solo line. The slow movement exploits the lyrical potentialities of the instrument to fine effect, and the final movement pulls out all the stops with a vigorous and charming vivace conclusion. The same might be said of the Moskowski in his final two movements, but the first movement seems not to work quite so well -- although perhaps it is more ambitiously structured, with its cadenza-like opening taking one by surprise, because the orchestra's opening tutti had not led one to expect that. That might be counted a bold stroke, but the passagework in that opening cadenza doesn't fall too gratefully on the ear (two later cadenza-like interruptions go better), and its relation to the other thematic material, both from soloist and orchestra, wasn't apparent to me. It sounded like a surprise effect for its own sake. With that reservation -- and that just might be my problem, not Moskowski's -- this is a fine disc. The filler is an 11+ minute Moskowski Ballade, so it's a well-filled disc. My only other quibble is that I would like the orchestra just a bit more forward in the aural picture to add a bit more weight to its warmth and to balance with the solo instrument just a little better. Little isn't over-highlighted, however, and she's a delight to hear
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Amazon.com: 4.9 out of 5 stars  8 reviews
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow indeed 9 Nov 2005
By Robert Chaochen Chen - Published on Amazon.com
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Wow, you're right, my friend, this is great music and great performance indeed. I can't believe the endless enjoyment rewarded through repeated listening to this superb Hyperion record. Yes, the main theme of Karlowicz's violin concerto is somewaht extraordinary, and his delicate andante is extremely romantic and beautiful. The charming finale is casted with different variations of the main theme and is, I think, even more compelling than the andante. This violin concerto is a treasure discovered, and it shoud be ranked among Mendelssohn's and Bruch's and Brahms's, and should be performed just as often as those too.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Rare gems 27 Dec 2007
By Sheldon Rosner - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
A great series is exploring little known works by unheralded composers and it's a great project well-done with wonderful sound.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow: who is this guy Karlowicz 12 Sep 2005
By Martin Kantor - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
This is my first piece by Karlowicz and I was really pleasantly surprised. There are some beautiful themes in this work, especially in the second movement, which is absolutely georgeous. Try it. You may be as happy to have found it as I was.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Unknown VCs 11 Jun 2009
By CJV - Published on Amazon.com
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I personally would like to thank the person who discovered these VCs. The Karlowicz is spectactular and a really great work. All 3 mvts. are well written. The Tchaikovsky influence is evident, but it definitely has its own style. I agree with the pervious reviewer(s) this VC should be performed more often. The Moszkowski VC is very good as well. It has a lovely 2nd mvt. and the first and last mvt. sing with melody abound. These hyperion recordings are worth the few extra bucks and make great additions to anyones collection.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Here are some forgotten masterpieces 6 May 2012
By sergei kochkin - Published on Amazon.com
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Probably all of us are in shock that such gorgeous romantic violin concertos as these are have been forgotten. They are every bit as beautiful as Bruch and Vieuxtemp. I recommend you get all 69 piano, violin, and cello concertos in the Hyperion set...because there are many pleasant discoveries like this.
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