Sibelius, Goldmark: Violin Concertos

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Barnes & Noble - Andrew Farach-Colton
Sibelius composed his Violin Concerto at a crucial point in his artistic development, turning away from the romantic expansiveness of his first two symphonies and beginning to forge a more spare and concentrated style. Depending on the performance, this transitional work can sound either like a sequel to the lushly lyrical Tchaikovsky concerto or a rugged harbinger of Sibelius' later masterpieces. Joshua Bell seems to opt for the former approach, in an interpretation that's most notable for its gentle elegance. If he sometimes smooths over the music's jagged edges, he never indulges in sentimentality, keeping his tone appropriately lean and pure. Esa-Pekka ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Andrew Farach-Colton
Sibelius composed his Violin Concerto at a crucial point in his artistic development, turning away from the romantic expansiveness of his first two symphonies and beginning to forge a more spare and concentrated style. Depending on the performance, this transitional work can sound either like a sequel to the lushly lyrical Tchaikovsky concerto or a rugged harbinger of Sibelius' later masterpieces. Joshua Bell seems to opt for the former approach, in an interpretation that's most notable for its gentle elegance. If he sometimes smooths over the music's jagged edges, he never indulges in sentimentality, keeping his tone appropriately lean and pure. Esa-Pekka Salonen is with him all the way, making his Los Angeles orchestra sound as dark and velvety as the Berlin Philharmonic. Karl Goldmark's Violin Concerto makes an interesting companion, and an apt one, as Goldmark was one of Sibelius' teachers. Bell is a persuasive advocate for this underrated work, playing with a satisfying blend of grace, ardor, and in the final movement wit. This young violinist's quickly growing discography proves he is not only a virtuoso of the top rank, but a passionate musician with a mind of his own.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/22/2000
  • Label: Sony
  • UPC: 074646594926
  • Catalog Number: 65949
  • Sales rank: 30,355

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Allegro moderato (16:37)
  2. 2 Adagio di molto (8:03)
  3. 3 Allegro, ma non tanto (7:26)
  4. 4 Allegro moderato (14:17)
  5. 5 Air: Andante (6:18)
  6. 6 Moderato (12:49)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Joshua Bell Primary Artist, Violin
Esa-Pekka Salonen Conductor
Los Angeles Philharmonic New Music Group Performing Ensemble
Technical Credits
Karl Goldmark Composer
Jean Sibelius Composer
Thomas Frost Producer
Rob Rapley Engineer
Benjamin Folkman Liner Notes
Roxanne Slimak Art Direction
Josee Begaud translation
Reinhard Luthje translation
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Two Wondeful Performances

    Bell gives a wonderful performance of the often played Sibelius concerto, but also gives the Goldmark equal beauty. I had never heard the Goldmark concerto before, and definitely loved it after hearing this recording.

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