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  • Audio CD (3 Mar. 2003)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Decca (UMO)
  • ASIN: B00006L77E
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 125,358 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. Tchaikovsky: Violin Concerto In D, Op.35 - 1. Allegro moderatoVadim Repin18:18£2.29  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Tchaikovsky: Violin Concerto In D, Op.35 - 2. Canzonetta (Andante)Vadim Repin 6:05£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Tchaikovsky: Violin Concerto In D, Op.35 - 3. Finale (Allegro vivacissimo)Vadim Repin10:10£1.49  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Miaskovsky: Violin Concerto in D minor, Op.44 - 1. AllegroVadim Repin19:42£2.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Miaskovsky: Violin Concerto in D minor, Op.44 - 2. Adagio e molto cantabileVadim Repin 9:44£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Miaskovsky: Violin Concerto in D minor, Op.44 - 3. Allegro molto - Allegro scherzosoVadim Repin 7:40£0.79  Buy MP3 

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Thomas Neal on 23 Feb. 2008
Format: Audio CD
This is, surely, the finest recording of the famous Tchaikovsky violin concerto. I simply cannot find a fault - the soloist is sublime (tone, tuning, musicality...everything!), the orchestra is magnificent (never obtrusive, but a definite presence) and need I say anything about Gergiev? This famous, dramatic, but very beautiful concerto has been paired with Myaskovsky's violin concerto, which is also given a superb performance (although with only limited recordings and performances given of this splendid work, I have little to compare it to). The sound quality is also of the highest quality. The programme/sleeve notes were a little lacking in my opinion, although I am sure they would be ample for any casual listener and this certainly did not stop my enjoyment of what is otherwise a truly magnificent recording.

To make a claim such as "this is the finest recording of one of the most famous concertos ever written" seems a little stretched, but when you hear this wonderful disc through your speakers, I am sure you will agree.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Mr. J. A. Taylor on 30 Nov. 2003
Format: Audio CD
I recently purchased this version of the Tchaikovsky violin concerto to add to my many versions of the same. This cd for me was like hearing the work anew. Vadim Repin is without doubt one of the new young blood of violin virtuosi to grace the stage. In this, a live performance the Kirov Orchestra conducted by Valery Gergiev has never sounded better. The orchestra compliments Repin to perfection and the event is one of those rare classical experiences which don't seem to be captured live these days. Repin brings the concerto to life, the opening movement briskly paced, never elaborate with a technique to die for. The second movement is lovingly performed, sweet and delicate followed with a finale which starts electrically charged with Repin's improvised pizzicato at the beginning followed by a blaze of glory in the final bars where the violin and orchestra attack each other in a brutal fist fight, the brass exploding onto the scene being beaten down into a frenzy by the powerful bowing of Repin. This is one of the finest Tchaikovsky concertos ever committed to disc, Repin is a star for the future, this version surpasses his recording some 10 years earlier with Emmanuel Krivine, also part of my collection from Amazon, this too is wonderful, but for the sheer excitement of a live performance where conductor and soloist seem to have found a rare, unique balance in providing a masterpiece of a recording. If like me, you love the violin concerto then this MUST become part of your collection, this is a serious contender to rival the likes of Milstein and the unsurpassed or unequalled, until now versions by the legendary Jascha Heifetz. Another reason to add this to your collection is the delectable new romantic concerto by Myaskovsky, a loving concerto, sumptuously played. Violin playing doesn't come any better. Remember the name, you heard it first here...Vadim Repin, virtuosi extro-ordinaire!! GO GET SOME!!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By enthusiast TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 13 Sept. 2010
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This is Repin's second recording of the Tchaikovsky. His first shot was excellent ... and this one is even better. It is both thrilling and very musical and seems, frankly, to make as strong a case for the greatness of the work as any performance that I have heard. The contribution of the orchestra under Gergiev is also excellent and distinguished. The coupling is just as welcome: a really first rate account of Myaskovsky's sometimes balmy, sometimes rhapsodic, often intense and always very beautiful concerto.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 6 Nov. 2005
Format: Audio CD
Repin's playing of the Tchaikovsky is simply brilliant - if you don't already know this work, you'll be bowled over by it: if you already know the concerto, it will be as if you are hearing it completely afresh - no sense of routine, totally compelling. The Miaskovsky is a rare and valuable coupling. The recording is excellent. Well worth adding to a collection!!
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
As close to perfection as possible 30 Mar. 2003
By J. Buxton - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This recording is highly to be praised. Repin's other recording of the Tchaikovsky with the London Symphony on Erato (coupled with a fine Sibelius) still holds a place in my heart. However, this new recording of the Tchaikovsky with the Kirov and Gergiev blows everything else away. As with other reviewers, I found Vengerov's Berlin recording to be unsurpassed technically and with first rate sound. Well, here we have Repin not only technically in command, but playing with such remarkable understanding and subtlety as well. Repin reminds me much more of Oistrakh than Heifetz. Repin has this dark, full, rich tone along with strength and finesse in the right measures. And, unlike his Erato recording, he has the benefit of better recorded sound. His imaginative touches are a plus too. The Kirov sound wonderfully alive and on their toes here. It is a live recording and it really has that feel to it. The Myaskovsky is equally well done and is a very enjoyable piece of music for those not familiar with it. I do love the Oistrakh recordings of the Tchaikovsky, but this one is certainly at the top among modern digital recordings and will definitely hold its own among the entire catalogue. Highly recommended.
11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
Chock full of Russian Goodness! 3 April 2003
By Dr. Christopher Coleman - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Now in his 20's, Russian violinist Vadim Repin is a real prodigy. Winning the Queen Elizabeth international competition when he was 17, he actually began his recording career much earlier--at age 12. He is blessed with an incredible technique, complemented by a superb command of his tone color that puts him far above most other violinists. Repin can create the darkest, most viola-like sound in the low register, and then soar gracefully in the highest. His command of the bow is excellent-such a variety of articulations and never a scratchy attack. It helps, of course, that he plays a Strativarius; but he is surely a performer worthy of the instrument.
This is already Repin's second recording of the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto-the first was with the London Philharmonic. Here, under the direction of Valery Gergiev, the Kirov Orchestra of St. Petersburg are inspired by Repin's playing and they display true brilliance. The ending of the concerto is truly spectacular.
Coupled with the Tchaikovsky is Myaskovsky's Violin Concerto. Nicolai Myaskovsky is another Russian (this disc is full of them!) who flourished in the Soviet Union, but remains somewhat obscure elsewhere. His mature works, as required by the time and place he lived, are tonally and rhythmically conservative, essentially cast in the late 19th century style. Nonetheless, they are wonderfully crafted pieces, if in no sense innovative, and audiences generally find his music accessible and attractive.
Great performances, lovely music-what more can we ask? I'm glad I don't have to be a curmudgeon all the time, and I give this CD my highest recommendation.
7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Resurrection of a forgotten masterpiece! 21 Jan. 2003
By Scott68 - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
There are several major violin concertos that came from Russia that were composed after the Tchaikovsky that I consider significant. They include Glazunov, Kabalevsky, Prokofiev 1 and 2, Shostakovich 1 and 2, Khachaturian, and the Miakovsky played here. My favorite has to be the Glazunov but I liked the Miakovsky second best, more than Prokofiev 2 or Kabalevsky and that may surprise some people. The rythms are intricate and completely unique showing a tremendous sence of imagination and creativity. Both the Miakovsky and Kabalevsky Concertos contain rythms that I find so appealing, giving the music a freshness and sence of individuality.
The Miakovsky Violin Concerto was written for David Oistrakh but somehow the piece has been overlooked and forgotten for 40 years. The Oistrakh recording is poor but the playing and notes are incredible.
For me, Vadim Repin is the greatest living player for virtuoso repertoire, on his "Tutta Bravura" CD he shows his ability to pull off virtuoso stunts with sincerity and a full singing tone. It is clear that Technique is no effort to this man. I am so grateful that Repin has recorded the Miakovsky, to hear musical colors with a good recording quality is great to hear. Repin produces a phenominal tone with his Guaneri DelGesu violin here.
Fortunately this recording was reissued very recently.
In a recent interview upon winning the Belgian Caecilia award, Mr Repin said the following:
"Valery Gergiev and I have been making music together for over 17 years, but this is the first time our collaboration has been put on record, so to speak. The Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto, a great and glorious challenge in the violinist's repertoire, seems to take on an extra special quality when it is shaped by Valery Gergiev and his orchestra. We have performed it together many times, and over the years it has grown and developed in such a way that we felt it was high time we finally committed it to disc. I am delighted that we were able to couple it with Myaskovsky's concerto - a neglected and yet major work, which I hope through this recording will have the place it deserves in our musical literature. As a proud holder of Belgian citizenship, I am delighted to have been honoured in my country with a Caecilia Award. "
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
The Fiddler Mounts a Warhorse and Rides on a Stallion! 29 April 2005
By Grady Harp - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
While there are no performers who can permanently claim or be bestowed ownership of a certain musical work, it seems that for the time at least Vadim Repin has made Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto his imprint on performance history. The 34-year-old Siberian violinist is a stunningly fine musician and performer and instantly makes his presence on the stage pulsatile. Having just had the privilege of hearing Repin play this concerto in the inimitable acoustic of Disney Hall with the Los Angeles Philharmonic guest conducted by Miguel Harth-Bedoya encouraged me to add this recording with Valery Gergiev and the Kirov Orchestra and while the magic of a live performance where Repin commands the stage and the aural atmosphere can never be duplicated on CD, this 'live performance' comes as close to that immediacy as any available.

Repin plays a Stradivarius 'Ruby' 1708 violin and the range of color and tone and digital dexterity response he pulls form that instrument is nothing short of magnificent. At every point on Tchaikovsky's demanding concerto's spectrum Repin is in complete and impassioned control. He is a technical wizard, but more important he is a poet. The Andante movement is disarmingly plangent and luminous. Some may feel that Gergiev's orchestral support is not as committed to emotion as it is to dazzling effects, but the two seem to hold a like view of the work and the collaboration is sound. The performance with the LA Phil found more introspection and sensitive phrasing, but this live performance on CD is full of glories.

Including the Myaskovsky concerto on the same CD is a welcome bonus for those unfamiliar with this ultra-romantic composer's output. Repin and Gergiev give this richly melodic work a spellbinding performance.

Vadim Repin has the talent, the bravura, and the eloquence to enter to the upper echelon of current violinists. The fact that he is also committed to performing contemporary works in addition to the sure-to-please standard repertoire speaks well for his musicianship and dedication to his craft. This is an excellent addition to everyone's library, no matter how many 'favorites' of these works you own. Highly recommended. Grady Harp, April 05
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Best Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto recording and a great bonus 15 Feb. 2003
By John Kwok - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Until I heard this magnificient recording, the one that I thought was the benchmark version of the Tchaikovsky violin concerto was Maxim Vengerov's brilliant performance with Claudio Abbado conducting the Berlin Philharmonic. In some respects it still is since the Berlin Philharmonic offers a more polished, lyrical performance than the Kirov Orchestra. However, I doubt I have heard a more passionate performance of the orchestral score than I have in the hands of Valery Gergiev and his orchestra. And the same holds true in Repin's brilliant performance, with its warm, full-bodied sound and exceptional lyricism. Without a doubt, Repin's passionate performance should be regarded now as the definitive version of this long-time concert warhorse. Classical music fans may still prefer the Vengerov/Abbado recording for the reasons stated above, yet Repin's sterling account is sufficiently distinctive enough to surpass it.
Both the orchestra and Repin offer yet another brilliant performance in the neglected Myaskovksy violin concerto; theirs is a performance which makes a persuasive case for this piece to be regarded as one of the more significant works for violin and orchestra composed in the last century. Although it does not quite show the lyrical and technical brilliance so aptly manifested in the Tchaikovsky concerto, it is nonetheless still a fine work worthy of long-overdue recognition. Repin's violin playing is just as dazzling as in his Tchaikovsky, noted for his exceptional bowing and pizzicato technique.
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