Beethoven, Mendelssohn: Violin Concertos

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Barnes & Noble - Scott Paulin
After first attracting stellar notices for his recordings of concertos by Nielsen and Bruch, Prokofiev and Glazunov, the young Danish-born violinist Nikolaj Znaider sets his sights on the heart of his instrument's repertoire with this release. Offering interpretations of one of the Romantic era's greatest crowd-pleasers -- the Mendelssohn concerto -- and one of its most philosophically sublime works -- the Beethoven -- Znaider enters a crowded field but makes his mark with performances full of insight and beauty. Znaider is easily a match of other contemporary pairings of these scores -- principally those by Joshua Bell and Viktoria Mullova -- especially if you prefer ...
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Barnes & Noble - Scott Paulin
After first attracting stellar notices for his recordings of concertos by Nielsen and Bruch, Prokofiev and Glazunov, the young Danish-born violinist Nikolaj Znaider sets his sights on the heart of his instrument's repertoire with this release. Offering interpretations of one of the Romantic era's greatest crowd-pleasers -- the Mendelssohn concerto -- and one of its most philosophically sublime works -- the Beethoven -- Znaider enters a crowded field but makes his mark with performances full of insight and beauty. Znaider is easily a match of other contemporary pairings of these scores -- principally those by Joshua Bell and Viktoria Mullova -- especially if you prefer the full-blooded accompaniment of the Israel Philharmonic to the period instrument ensembles that back up Bell's and Mullova's performances. Playful and lyrical in the Mendelssohn and truly catching the elfin quality of its finale, noble and searching in the Beethoven, Znaider brings out the contrasts between the works while also suggesting that they represent complementary halves of a single musical whole. This sense of balance can also be felt in his overall approach, tending much more toward classical restraint than capricious personal whim. Some listeners may wish for a flashier display of personality, and it's easy enough to find violinists who embrace such flamboyance. Yet the kind of clarity demonstrated by Znaider is a rarer commodity, and a more precious one.
Gramophone - Rob Cowan
Nikolaj Znaider's high-calibre artistry is tellingly exemplified by the second subject of Mendelssohn's first movement...where the rise and fall of the phrasing, its yielding plasticity, realises every vestige of lyricism inherent in the music.
BBC Online - Andrew MacGregor
It's quite a while since any new recording of the Mendelssohn gave me such immediate and uncomplicated pleasure.

It's quite a while since any new recording of the Mendelssohn gave me such immediate and uncomplicated pleasure.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/27/2005
  • Label: Rca
  • UPC: 828766921625
  • Catalog Number: 69216

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1–3 Violin Concerto in E minor, Op. 64 - Israel Philharmonic Orchestra & Felix Mendelssohn (27:33)
  2. 4–6 Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 61 - Ludwig van Beethoven & Fritz Kreisler (44:42)
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Nikoaj Znaider Primary Artist
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