Brahms: Violin Concerto, Double Concerto

Brahms: Violin Concerto, Double Concerto

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by Vadim Repin
     
 

Following on the heels of his highly successful recording of the Beethoven "Violin Concerto," Russian violinist Vadim Repin continues his survey of the core repertoire with this album featuring the Brahms "Violin Concerto" and "Double Concerto." Accompanied by the Gewandhaus Orchestra under Riccardo Chailly, Repin'See more details below

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Following on the heels of his highly successful recording of the Beethoven "Violin Concerto," Russian violinist Vadim Repin continues his survey of the core repertoire with this album featuring the Brahms "Violin Concerto" and "Double Concerto." Accompanied by the Gewandhaus Orchestra under Riccardo Chailly, Repin' performance of Brahms is every bit as sensitive, vivacious, and well-thought-out as his Beethoven. Brahms despised hearing his music performed metronomically rigid, always preferring for tempo to be more of a fluid concept. Repin and Chailly are quite attuned to this preference, and the two produce music that is like a dynamic, flowing dialogue. This never comes across as excessive use of rubato or over-Romanticizing; Repin is very controlled in his use of pacing from the sensuous middle movement to the capricious finale. His tone is clear, powerful across the entire range of his instrument, and warm while still penetrating easily above the orchestra. Unlike the vast majority of recordings of this work that use the first-movement cadenza by Joseph Joachim, Repin chooses Heifetz's cadenza; while some may find this an overly showy, ostentatious interjection, it is still interesting to hear something other than what is expected. Repin is joined by cellist Truls Mørk for the "Double Concerto," Brahms' final orchestra composition. The two soloists do a splendid job of blending tone, articulation, balance, and intonation throughout the dialogue-filled concerto. Deutsche Grammophon's digital sound is clean while still voluminous and present. The liner notes spend a bit too much time lauding the recording itself instead of describing the music at hand.

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Editorial Reviews

BBC Music Magazine - Calum MacDonald
[Repin's] dazzling technique aside, the firm, warm tone, magnificent control of phrasing and rhythmic incisiveness are all tailor-made for the [Brahms concerto]. It's an impressively full-bodied reading: the sense of gypsy abandonment that he brings to the finale is most infectious, and Riccardo Chailly's direction of the Gewandhausorchester is with him all the way.... An equally memorable account of the Double Concerto.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/17/2009
Label:
Deutsche Grammophon
UPC:
0028947774709
catalogNumber:
001264802
Rank:
81083

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  1. Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 77  - Johannes Brahms  - Jascha Heifetz  - Riccardo Chailly  -  Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra  - Merle Kersten  - Vadim Repin  - Christian Leins  - Henrik Wahlgren
  2. Concerto for violin, cello & orchestra in A minor ("Double"), Op. 102  - Johannes Brahms  - Riccardo Chailly  -  Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra  - Merle Kersten  - Truls Mørk  - Vadim Repin  - Christian Leins

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