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Dvorak: Violin Concerto in A minor

Scottish Chamber Orchestra

Dvorak: Violin Concerto in A minor

CKD 241 (Linn Records)
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Violin Concerto in A minor, Op. 53 – I. Allegro ma non troppo

Violin Concerto in A minor, Op. 53 – I. Allegro ma non troppo

Composer Antonin Dvorak
Conductor Joseph Swensen
Soloist Joseph Swensen - violin
10:42 Play $5.10
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Violin Concerto in A minor, Op. 53 – II. Adagio, ma non troppo

Violin Concerto in A minor, Op. 53 – II. Adagio, ma non troppo

Composer Antonin Dvorak
Conductor Joseph Swensen
Soloist Joseph Swensen - violin
10:18 Play $5.10
3
Violin Concerto in A minor, Op. 53 – III. Finale: Allegro giocoso, ma non troppo

Violin Concerto in A minor, Op. 53 – III. Finale: Allegro giocoso, ma non troppo

Composer Antonin Dvorak
Conductor Joseph Swensen
Soloist Joseph Swensen - violin
10:17 Play $5.10
4
Czech Suite, Op. 39 – I. Preludium (Pastorale)

Czech Suite, Op. 39 – I. Preludium (Pastorale)

Composer Antonin Dvorak
Conductor Joseph Swensen
3:00 Play $1.70
5
Czech Suite, Op. 39 – II. Polka

Czech Suite, Op. 39 – II. Polka

Composer Antonin Dvorak
Conductor Joseph Swensen
4:08 Play $1.70
6
Czech Suite, Op. 39 – III. Sousedská (Minuetto)

Czech Suite, Op. 39 – III. Sousedská (Minuetto)

Composer Antonin Dvorak
Conductor Joseph Swensen
3:51 Play $1.70
7
Czech Suite, Op. 39 – IV. Romance (Romanza)

Czech Suite, Op. 39 – IV. Romance (Romanza)

Composer Antonin Dvorak
Conductor Joseph Swensen
4:49 Play $1.70
8
Czech Suite, Op. 39 – V. Finale (Furiant)

Czech Suite, Op. 39 – V. Finale (Furiant)

Composer Antonin Dvorak
Conductor Joseph Swensen
4:59 Play $1.70
9
Notturno for string orchestra in B major, Op. 40

Notturno for string orchestra in B major, Op. 40

Composer Antonin Dvorak
Conductor Joseph Swensen
7:06 Play $3.40
10
Two Waltzes, Op. 54 – No. 1 in A major (arranged for string orchestra)

Two Waltzes, Op. 54 – No. 1 in A major (arranged for string orchestra)

Composer Antonin Dvorak
Conductor Joseph Swensen
4:09 Play $1.70
Total Running Time 63 minutes Purchase all tracks 
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Having delighted us with his performances of the Brahms, Mendelssohn and Prokofiev Violin Concertos, Swensen now turns his hand to the Czech master Dvorak. Named a 'Disc of the Month' by both Classic FM and BBC Music Magazine

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Joseph Swensen

Joseph Swensen

Joseph Swensen was principal conductor of the Scottish Chamber Orchestra from 1996-2005.
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Scottish Chamber Orchestra

Scottish Chamber Orchestra

The Scottish Chamber Orchestra Linn series features performances conducted by Robin Ticciati, Andrew Manze, Christian Baldini, Alexander Janizcek, Joseph Swensen, Antonio Méndez, Ben Gernon and Sir Charles Mackerras.
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Acclaimed conductor and violinst Joseph Swensen again combines his considerable talents in this, his fifth collaboration with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra. Joseph Swensen was principal conductor of the Scottish Chamber Orchestra from 1996-2005 at which point he became the orchestra's Conductor Emeritus. Swensen and the SCO have released five recordings together through the Orchestra's partnership with Linn including music by Sibelius, Brahms, Mendelssohn and Prokofiev.

From the opening 'Preludium' to the rustic qualities of the 'Polka' and the exhilarating, symphonically developed 'Finale' the five-movement Czech Suite is a delightful collection of movements. Even by Dvorak's standards, his Violin Concerto is a richly lyrical work; the first movement begins boldly with a forceful unison statement from the orchestra answered by a bitter-sweet melody from the solo violin whilst the finale is close to the world of the Slavonic Dances and the Czech Suite.

In this version for strings, either solo or orchestral, the Notturno is an attractive occasional piece, richly textured with affecting harmonies set over a sustained pedal bass note. All in all a fine collection.

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Audiophile Audition
4 Stars
Swensen's rich violin tone is naturally conveyed
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BBC Radio 3 Building a Library
'Joseph Swensen plays smoothly amid unusually transparent textures'
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Classic FM Magazine
5 Stars
Orchestral Disc of the Month
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BBC Music Magazine
5 Stars
Orchestral Disc of the Month
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The Sunday Herald
4 Stars
inspired playing...a thrilling performance
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Inverness Courier
[Swensen's] tone is sweet and finely spun
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ClassicsToday.com
4½ Stars
snappy rhythms and seductive phrasing
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Scotland on Sunday
Sterling performances by Swensen and the SCO
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Classical Source
Swensen's pianissimo moments are particularly memorable
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Atlanta Audio Society
radiantly beautiful and emotionally uncomplicated
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29 June 2017 to 29 June 2017
Scotland
Cellardyke Church -11.30am, Anstruther, Cellardyke Anstruther, KY10 3BQ Scotland United kingdom
EAST NEUK FESTIVAL - SCO WINDS

02 July 2017 to 02 July 2017
Scotland
The Bowhouse - 5pm, St Monans, Bowhouse Farm, St Monans, KY10 2DB Scotland United Kingdom.
EAST NEUK FESTIVAL - SCO STRINGS