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Britten & Hindemith: Violin Concertos


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Breathtaking virtuosity flows seamlessly with expansive lyrical passages and fiendish passagework in this commanding performance by Arabella Steinbacher of the restless and technically demanding violin concertos of Britten and Hindemith in this new release from PENTATONE, with the Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin conducted by Vladimir Jurowski. Britten’s haunting and mesmerising violin concerto is considered one of the century’s finest. The three contrasting movements are replete with grand theatrical gestures, unabashed lyricism, and show-stopping pyrotechnics, and the work closes with an austere passacaglia of other-wordly beauty and power. Following the work’s enthusiastic reception at its premiere in 1940 at Carnegie Hall, Britten declared “So far, it is without question my best piece”. “Britten and Hindemith completed their concertos at about the same time,” writes Steinbacher, “both are absolutely bursting with emotional turmoil, persisting precariousness, and latent despair.” Steinbacher feels a particular affinity with the Hindemith concerto. “Every artist introduces his own life experiences and personal feelings into his interpretations ... with the Hindemith concerto, I have an extremely close, even private connection, as my father knew Hindemith rather well.”
Facts
Item number PTC5186625
Barcode 827949062568
Release date 10/20/2017
Category Concertos
Label PENTATONE MUSIC
Media type SACD
Number of units 1
Performers
Classical Artist Steinbacher, Arabella
Conductor Jurowski, Vladimir
Orchestra Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin
Disc: 1
Violin Concerto in D Minor, Op. 1500:33:00
1 Violin Concerto, Op. 15: I. Moderato con moto 00:10:17 Jurowski, Vladimir Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin Steinbacher, Arabella
2 Violin Concerto, Op. 15: II. Vivace - Largamente - 00:09:12 Jurowski, Vladimir Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin Steinbacher, Arabella
3 Violin Concerto, Op. 15: III. Passacaglia. Andante 00:15:23 Jurowski, Vladimir Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin Steinbacher, Arabella
Violin Concerto00:25:54
4 Violin Concerto: I. Mäßig bewegte Halbe 00:09:56 Jurowski, Vladimir Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin Steinbacher, Arabella
5 Violin Concerto: II. Langsam 00:10:03 Jurowski, Vladimir Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin Steinbacher, Arabella
6 Violin Concerto: III. Lebhaft 00:10:44 Jurowski, Vladimir Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin Steinbacher, Arabella
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