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Russian Violin Concertos

Julia Fischer

Russian Violin Concertos

...a real joy
PTC 5186 059 (Pentatone Classics)
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Khachaturian: Violin Concerto in D minor - I. Allegro con fermezza

Khachaturian: Violin Concerto in D minor - I. Allegro con fermezza

Composer Khachaturian
Conductor Yakov Kreizberg
Soloist Julia Fischer
Band Russian National Orchestra
14:54 Play $5.10
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Khachaturian: Violin Concerto in D minor - II. Andante sostenuto

Khachaturian: Violin Concerto in D minor - II. Andante sostenuto

Composer Khachaturian
Conductor Yakov Kreizberg
Soloist Julia Fischer
Band Russian National Orchestra
12:28 Play $5.10
3
Khachaturian: Violin Concerto in D minor - III. Allegro vivace

Khachaturian: Violin Concerto in D minor - III. Allegro vivace

Composer Khachaturian
Conductor Yakov Kreizberg
Soloist Julia Fischer
Band Russian National Orchestra
09:16 Play $3.40
4
Prokofiev: Violin Concerto No. 1 in D, Op. 19 - I. Andantino - Andante assai

Prokofiev: Violin Concerto No. 1 in D, Op. 19 - I. Andantino - Andante assai

Composer

Prokofiev

Conductor Yakov Kreizberg
Soloist Julia Fischer
Band Russian National Orchestra
10:09 Play $5.10
5
Prokofiev: Violin Concerto No. 1 in D, Op. 19 - II. Scherzo (Vivacissimo)

Prokofiev: Violin Concerto No. 1 in D, Op. 19 - II. Scherzo (Vivacissimo)

Composer

Prokofiev

Conductor Yakov Kreizberg
Soloist Julia Fischer
Band Russian National Orchestra
03:37 Play $1.70
6
Prokofiev: Violin Concerto No. 1 in D, Op. 19 - III. Moderato - Allegro moderato - Pui tranquillo

Prokofiev: Violin Concerto No. 1 in D, Op. 19 - III. Moderato - Allegro moderato - Pui tranquillo

Composer

Prokofiev

Conductor Yakov Kreizberg
Soloist Julia Fischer
Band Russian National Orchestra
08:14 Play $3.40
7
Glazunov: Violin Concerto in A mino,r Op. 82 - I. Moderato

Glazunov: Violin Concerto in A mino,r Op. 82 - I. Moderato

Composer

Glazunov

Conductor Yakov Kreizberg
Soloist Julia Fischer
Band Russian National Orchestra
04:19 Play $1.70
8
Glazunov: Violin Concerto in A minor, Op. 82 - II. Andante

Glazunov: Violin Concerto in A minor, Op. 82 - II. Andante

Composer

Glazunov

Conductor Yakov Kreizberg
Soloist Julia Fischer
Band Russian National Orchestra
10:29 Play $5.10
9
Glazunov: Violin Concerto in A minor, Op. 82 - III. Allegro

Glazunov: Violin Concerto in A minor, Op. 82 - III. Allegro

Composer

Glazunov

Conductor Yakov Kreizberg
Soloist Julia Fischer
Band Russian National Orchestra
05:40 Play $3.40
Total Running Time 79 minutes Purchase all tracks 
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Julia Fischer's debut album of Russian Violin Concertos, with the Russian National Orchestra conducted by Yakov Kreizberg.

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Gramophone Editor's Choice Gramophone Editor's Choice 2005

The acclaimed German violinist Julia Fischer's debut recording with Pentatone is a wonderful showcase of her musical talents. This electrifying collection of music by Prokofiev, Kjachaturian and Glazunov shows off Julia's virtuosic technique.  Her interpretations of the music is full of passion and shows a maturity well beyond her years.  She is accompanied by the Russian National Orchestra; a fantastic group which formed after the breakup of the Soviet Union. 

Recording Information:

Recorded at DZZ Studio 5, Moscow May 12 - 13 2004
Executive Producer / Recording Producer: Job Maarse
Producers: Sergei Markov & Rick Walker
Recording Engineer: Carl Schuurbiers
Editing: Carl Schuurbiers, Sebastian Stein, Erdo Groot 

Julia Fischer violin

Russian National Orchestra
Yakov Kreizberg conductor

Booklet Notes:

Many of you will probably wonder why I chose these violin concertos in particular for my first CD. To be perfectly honest, it was more a matter of coincidence, together with an idea of Yakov Kreizberg's, that led to the compilation of this programme. We met in October 2003 in Philadelphia, where we were performing Khachaturian's Violin Concerto; and as we enjoyed working together on the music so much, we immediately startedlooking for a chance to record this wonderful work. After it was settled that the Russian National Orchestra would work on this recording, I felt immediately inspired to add a further two Russian concertos to the programme.

The Khachaturian had always been a dream piece of mine - ever since I first heard the music, I wanted to play it. However, as soon as I proposed playing this concerto, I usually encountered strong opposition from conductors and concert promoters alike. Not until the 100th anniversary of the composer's birth did I actually manage to perform this concert in public. I have never understood the aversion to this piece, as I consider it to be one of the most exciting works to have emerged from the 20th century. I first heard the concerto as an 11-year-old, when a girlfriend played it with a student orchestra during a class. The themes immediately resounded from every direction, they were played, sung and "danced" without interruption and the rhythmic motif, which can be heard throughout the entire first movement and is first played on the solo violin, thus becomes a kind of signal to all participants. At the time, I noticed straight away how impressive this work could be, and since then I have striven to establish it as part of the standard violin repertoire. From the point of view of the violinist, it is a highly rewarding work, and the ensemble-playing with the orchestra is original and delightful. Above all, though, the origins of the composer - his native Armenia - are clearly audible in this concerto.

Serge Prokofiev's Violin Concerto No. 1 contains all the typical characteristics of the composer - his Russian side, his sarcastic side, his ironic side and also his lyrical side. In this work, it is mainly the composer's lyrical side which fascinates me, as well as his symphonic manner of writing. The violin is well and truly embedded in the orchestral sound.

Another violin concerto I have always wanted to play, yet never had the opportunity to do so, is Glazunov's Violin Concerto. It is a true pleasure for a violinist to play this work - absolutely delightful and rewarding for the instrument, with really catchy themes as well as dialogues with all orchestral instruments. It would be difficult to come across more romantic or exciting examples in chamber music. What a joy to play this concerto with the Russian National Orchestra - one would be hard put to find an orchestra which has played this work more often or with more representative soloists.

Ever since I was small, I had always wanted to play in Moscow: my greatest example had always been David Oistrach. When I first entered the Tchaikovsky Conservatoire, I became aware of the atmosphere that has dominated this building for decades now - only the music counts, only the search for the hidden meaning of a work. Yakov Kreizberg is a musician for whom precisely this task of interpretation is what matters. That is what made working with him so unique and incomparable, and therefore I am delighted to have been able to record my first CD with him.

Julia Fischer
English translation, Fiona J. Stroker-Gale

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