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Elgar & Finzi Violin Concertos

Ning Feng

Edward Elgar, Gerald Finzi

SKU: 40218

Year of release: 2018

Elgar - Concerto in B minor for Violin and Orchestra 18:40
1. I. Allegro Edward Elgar 18:40
2. II. Andante Edward Elgar 12:32
3. III. Allegro Edward Elgar 20:24
Finzi - Violin Concerto 05:44
4. I. Allegro Gerald Finzi 05:44
5. II. Molte sereno Gerald Finzi 09:46
6. III. Hornpipe Rondo - Allegro risoluto Gerald Finzi 03:57
Total time: 71:05

About this album

The violin was Edward Elgar’s own instrument and his Violin Concerto is
almost like a personal confession: it was ‘too emotional’, Elgar admitted,
adding that he loved it nonetheless. The solo part is one of the most
exhausting in the repertoire – a veritable compendium of bravura violin
techniques. In an interview, Fritz Kreisler, to whom the Violin Concerto is
dedicated, ranked Elgar with Beethoven and Brahms. Elgar met the
challenge: his Violin Concerto combines the singing quality of Beethoven with the symphonic drama of Brahms.

The London-born Gerald Finzi was in many ways more English than Elgar
and his teacher Ralph Vaughan Williams. As can be heard in his Violin
Concerto, a well kept secret from 1927, that had its first performance after
the premiere only in 1999. The work lasts twenty minutes: a six-minute
allegro, a superb central ten-minute molto sereno, and ending with a four-minute
hornpipe rondo. It is difficult to understand why Finzi was
dissatisfied with his two fast movements. The first combines beauty with
energy. Through its sheer romantic beauty, the molto sereno is one of
t hose pieces where the hairs stand up on the back of the neck.

from liner notes by Clemens Romijn

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Technical Specifications

SpeakersGrimm LS1
Mastering EquimentPyramix
Mastering EngineerJared Sacks
EditingJared Sacks
CablesVan den Hul
Mixing ConsoleRens Heijnis, custom design
MicrophonesBruel & Kjaer 4006, Schoeps
Recording Notes

Special thanks to Mr. Chong Long for his generosity and support for this recording.

Recording FormatDSD64fs
Analog To Digital ConverterDSD Grimm A/D 64fs - Pyramix Editing/Merging Technologies
Recording DateFebruary 2017
Recording LocationLiverpool Philharmonic Hall
Recording EngineerJared Sacks & Assistant recording engineers: Ausma Lace, Chris Tann (Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra)
ProductionJared Sacks