5 of 8 people found the following review helpful
This review is from: Schumann: Romantic Violin Concerto 13 (D Minor/ A Minor/ Phantasie) (Anthony Marwood; BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra; Douglas Boyd) (Hyperion: CDA67847) (Audio CD)
If you are looking for a recording to persuade you that the Schumann Violin Concerto is better than its rather dim reputation, I'm afraid this isn't it.
The performance is distinctly workaday. Heard live in a concert I suppose it might seem OK, as the orchestra sounds well and the conductor makes every effort to inject a bit of elan into the proceedings; unfortunately both the composer and the soloist are rather against him - the work is only intermittently interesting, and the soloist seems over-literal in his approach. His tone is small, too.
The 'other' Violin Concerto is the composer's version of his Cello Concerto, and sounds less convincing in this form - I found my attention wandering. The Phantaisie could be by almost any 19c composer, and is decidedly unmemorable.
I liked the recorded sound, but overall this is a disappointment by the standards of this fine series. Three stars is a bit generous.