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Bruch, Tchaikovsky violin concertos

Ning Feng

Bruch, Tchaikovsky

SKU: 34913

Year of release: 2013

Introduction 04:09
1. Grave Bruch 04:09
2. Adagio cantabile Bruch 05:13
Scherzo 06:22
3. Allegro-Adagio Bruch 06:22
4. Andante sostenuto Bruch 07:15
Finale 10:11
5. Allegro guerriero Bruch 10:11
6. Allegro moderato Tchaikovsky 19:42
Canzonetta 07:13
7. Andante Tchaikovsky 07:13
Finale 10:52
8. Allegro vivacissimo Tchaikovsky 10:52
Total time: 71:01

About this album

Violinists visiting Max Bruch to play him his 1st Violin Concerto (the violin concerto, though he wrote three) were chased away by the composer, who shouted that he had written a lot more than just that. The great success of this delightful piece has cast a shadow over his other music. And those who know the work – or hear it for the first time – understand only too well why, for it is rightly one of the most popular of allromantic violin concertos. However, Bruch another work for violin and orchestra which is perhaps even more special. For the soloist it is technically more more difficult than the 1st Violin Concerto, and it is a free fantasy rather than a traditional threemovement concerto. It is the Scottish Fantasy op. 46 for violin and orchestra (1880), written for the legendary virtuoso Pablo de Sarasate, a Spaniard who spent his entire life in France. Shortly before, Edouard Lalo had composed his exotic and daredevil Symphonie Espagnole (1875) for De Sarasate. This is another strange mixture of symphony, solo concerto and suite. Bruch hesitated to use the title fantasy’, since this is usually a rather short piece in free form, while he had written a considerable work lasting half an hour, with a range of contrasting moods

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Colin Anderson (Classical Ear)

(...) Recorded with immediacy and bloom (…) the Scottish Fantasy, is one of life’s mysteries, something confirmed by Ning Feng’s gracious reading and hip-swinging, tonic-giving enthusiasm.


(...) Ning Feng hat einen betörend duftenden Geigenton (...) dieße Einspielung macht Spaß (...)

Nederlands Dagblad

(…) beide werken krijgen een uitstekende vertolking (…) De jonge violist heeft diverse prijzen gewonnen, deze cd laat horen hoe terecht dat is.

Technical Specifications

Recording SoftwarePyramix
Recording Type Bit RateDSD64
Recording LocationTeldex Studio Berlin
Recording EngineerTon Russbuldt
ProducerJared Sacks
Mixing BoardRens Heijnis custom made
MicrophonesBruel & Kjaer, Schoeps
Mastering EquipmentB+W 803 diamond series
Mastering EngineerJared Sacks
Digital ConvertersGrimm DSD AD converter
Cablesvan den Hul