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Arabella Steinbacher made her international breakthrough in Paris in March 2004 with the Orchestre Philharmonique of Radio France, under conductor Sir Neville Marriner. She was given a tumultuous reception from the audience and the press wrote as follows: “A superior and fully mature performing artist, whose beauty of tone is overwhelming. ” Her career then took off rapidly, with ... Read more in Amazon's Arabella Steinbacher Store

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  • Conductor: Lawrence Foster
  • Audio CD (8 April 2013)
  • Please Note: Requires SACD-compatible hardware
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Hybrid SACD, SACD
  • Label: PentaTone
  • ASIN: B00B5UBD78
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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Song Title Time Price
Listen  1. Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 35: I. Moderato nobile 9:58Album Only
Listen  2. Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 35: II. Romanze: Andante 9:19Album Only
Listen  3. Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 35: III. Finale: Allegro assai vivace 7:48£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Poeme, Op. 2516:44Album Only
Listen  5. Violin Concerto No. 1 in G minor, Op. 26: I. Prelude: Allegro moderato 8:46Album Only
Listen  6. Violin Concerto No. 1 in G minor, Op. 26: II. Adagio 9:33Album Only
Listen  7. Violin Concerto No. 1 in G minor, Op. 26: III. Finale: Allegro energico 8:00£0.79  Buy MP3 

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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By C. Mcgowan on 16 Mar. 2014
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This is a wonderful piece of music but I especially love the way Arabella plays the solo - so thoughtful and tender. A balm to the troubled soul.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Warm and Romantic readings 4 Jun. 2013
By John J. Puccio - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Arabella Steinbacher, for those who don't know, is a German classical violinist who has won several important international prizes, recorded over half a dozen albums, and was a student of the Anne-Sophie Mutter Foundation "Circle of Friends." On the present disc she puts her talents to work playing violin works by Bruch, Korngold, and Chausson.

From the outset of the Korngold piece, we can see that Ms. Steinbacher is going to be doing an all-out Romantic reading of the music, if one that is clean and free of excessive virtuosic baggage. It's an appropriate reading, given that Korngold used material from some of his more exotic movie scores, like "Another Dawn," "Anthony Adverse," "Juarez," and "The Prince and the Pauper" in the first movement alone. Not all critics may not take it seriously, but Ms. Steinbacher does. She infuses the piece with an earnest emotion, excellent structure, and superb craftsmanship that not even the copious eruptions of obvious cinematic references can diminish. Her violin tone is sweet and fluid, like the music, and the violin shimmers with delight in every phrase.

Next up is the little Poeme for Violin and Orchestra, Op. 25, by the French composer Ernest Chausson (1855-1899), a work he completed in 1896 and has since become one of his most-famous pieces of music. Almost every notable violinist of the past century has recorded it, so Ms. Steinbacher had her work cut out for her. Fortunately, the music sounds lovely in her hands, if not quite so emotionally charged as Perlman's (EMI), which remains my favorite in this work. Nevertheless, Steinbacher brings a longing melancholy to the music and emphasizes the dark, brooding aspects of the Russian story Chausson used as a model for the piece.

The program concludes with the Violin Concerto No. 1 in G minor, Op. 26, by the German composer and conductor Max Bruch (1838-1920). He premiered his revised version in 1867, and it has since become one of the staples of the violin repertoire. It has a curious first movement, a Vorspiel (or Prelude) leading directly to the second movement. This Vorspiel is like a slow march, with some ornamental flourishes along the way. It is here that Ms. Steinbacher is especially at home with the overt Romanticism of the score. While she may not exude the dramatic intensity we find in Heifetz's classic recording (RCA), she does convey a warm, rapturous feeling as the opening music builds to its conclusion. And so it goes. Quite nice.

John J. Puccio
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Rich, romantic sound 31 May 2013
By Digital Chips - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Arabella Steinbacher brings together three well-known works that all look to the Romantic Period; the Bruch Violin Concerto No. 1, Chausson's Poeme, and Eric Korngold's Violin Concerto.

Max Bruch was a staunch defender of the traditional romanticism of Mendelssohn and Brahms, an aesthetic reflected in his most popular work, the Violin Concerto No. 1 in G minor. Ernest Chausson (1855-1899) wrote his Poeme for Violin and Orchestra during the end of the Romantic period, and while somewhat forward-looking, still has its roots in the 19th Century. Eric Korngold finished his Violin Concerto in 1945, writing in the unabashedly late-Romantic style of his youth.

Because all three of these works were written for with a Romantic aesthetic, one might expect a release full of over-wrought drama and passion. Steinbacher takes a different approach.

Rather than focus on the emotive qualities of the music. Steinbacher plays with a clean, clear tone and temperament well-suited to these works. Her performances are thoughtful, eschewing overblown emotional and technical fireworks. Rather, Steinbacher colors the music more subtly. A light tripping over the strings sounds like a smile. A long, drawn out melody can seem wistful, a technically difficult passage played with ease and a little bit of self-effacement. Steinbacher's art is quietly attractive, and one that can make even these overly-familiar works sound fresh.

Of course one can play this release on a standard CD player, but to really appreciate everything that's going on here, I recommend using an SACD player. The more detailed SACD recording reveals all the nuances of Steinbacher's playing. And it also presents the Gulbenkain Orchestra more accurately. Conductor Lawrence Foster matches Steinbacher's approach to these works, and additional presence the SACD provides makes for a more satisfying listening experience overall.
fine performance, the best sound out there 19 July 2014
By Alden 4 - Published on
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I bought this primarily for the Korngold ... I have the other two pieces in abundance. This whole program is top notch. I have only listened to it in 2-channel stereo, and I still hear orchestration I have never heard in the Korngold. Detailed, fine performance, the best sound out there. Taken right to the edge, highly romantic interpretation, sweet, almost ... well, one step further it would have been schmaltz, and that is what I love about it! Much as I love my (mono) Heifetz, Shaham and Philippe Quint recordings, this goes right to the top for the Korngold. And the rest is superbly played too, and a first choice for those with surround systems I feel sure.
1 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Korngold, his Americanized masterpiece 20 May 2013
By K. MIURA - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Korngold - Violin Concerto in D Major
Chausson - Poème
Bruch - Violin Concerto in G minor

Arabella Steinbacher, violin
Orquestra Gulbenkian
Lawrence Foster, conductor

It's impossible for Arabella Steinbacher to play these works poorly.
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