Tchaikovsky, Myaskovsky: Violin Concertosby Vadim Repin
There are currently some 100 recordings of Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto in the catalogue, so jaded classical CD collectors might be forgiven for greeting any new version with a shrug. But, in fact, this performance by Vadim Repin is something to really get excited about, for not since the days of Leonid Kogan and David Oistrakh has the Tchaikovsky been played with such a strong, sinewy tone and interpretive freshness. From his very first entrance, Repin gives the impression that he is improvising his part -- and that's no small feat in so ubiquitous a piece. The Canzonetta seems especially poignant at such a broad tempo, as the violin's part takes on the character of an intimate confession. The finale, on the other hand, blazes with excitement, although it's never hard-pressed until the final pages, which zoom forward like a ball from a very well aimed canon. Collectors should also rejoice at the inclusion of Nicolay Myaskovsky's rarely heard Violin Concerto. Myaskovsky wasn't a tunesmith like Tchaikovsky, but he did share the elder composer's predilection for dark-hued lyricism, and those listeners who require generous doses of Russian melancholy should find plenty to wallow in here. Repin certainly makes a convincing case for Myaskovsky's Concerto, and let's hope that young violinists are inspired to add it to their repertory. Valery Gergiev and the Kirov Orchestra follow Repin's lead, digging into both scores with gusto -- though not always with the greatest refinement. In any case, this one is not to be missed.
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- Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 35 - Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky - Clive Bennett - Valery Gergiev - Mariinsky (Kirov) Theater Orchestra - Vadim Repin - Jeremy Tilston
- Violin Concerto in D minor, Op. 44 - Nikolay Myaskovsky - Clive Bennett - Valery Gergiev - Mariinsky (Kirov) Theater Orchestra - Vadim Repin - Jeremy Tilston
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