Sunday, February 21, 2016

Prokofiev: Violin Concerto no.2 in G minor op.63, Sonata in C major for two violins op.56, Solo Violin Sonata in D major op.115

Spontaneous-sounding live Prokofiev whets the appetite for more

MusiciansViktoria Mullova, Tedi Papavrami (violin) Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra/Paavo Järvi
Catalogue numberONYX 4142

These live recordings derive from concerts taped by Hessian Radio in Frankfurt over the past three years, and if one would never guess the presence of an audience from its inaudibility, until the applause at the end of each piece, there’s nonetheless a perceptible frisson of spontaneous creativity from the artists in reaction to the listeners’ presence that one just doesn’t get in a studio. The result is a performance of Prokofiev’s Second Concerto that pulsates with life and glows with warmth, and in which Viktoria Mullova’s tonal solidity and virtuosic ease bring emotional depth and technical finesse. The orchestra, although more backwardly placed in the recorded balance, is every bit her equal under Paavo Järvi’s baton.

The two-violin Sonata achieves the remarkable feat of seeming to come from the instrument of a single player, so well attuned are Mullova and Tedi Papavrami to each other’s playing. In the Solo Sonata, Mullova’s lyricism and attention to the shape of line remind us that Prokofiev was more of a melodist than a contrapuntalist, and the central variations, in particular, stand out for their considered bearing. I do hope that there’s a companion disc with the First Concerto and sonatas in the pipeline.

Nielsen: The Complete Symphonies 1-6

Feb 2016

Nielsen: The Complete Symphonies 1-6
Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra, Paavo Järvi
Hi-Res 24-bit – 44.10 kHz
INCLUDES: 1 Digital booklet
Released on December 11, 2015 by RCA Red Seal
Main artist : Paavo Järvi
Genre : Classical

A few weeks ago BIS label released the last volume of the complete six symphonies of Nielsen by Sakari Oram. In recent attempts, Paavo Järvi, the head of the Frankfurt Radio Symphony, also delves into the world of the powerful, colourful Danish composer, and the fruit of his work thus appears today on the RCA label. The sound of Orth and Udo Rüdiger Wüstendorfer was the first major asset developed by the Estonian conductor, with the quality of definition allowing for greater clarity in the various departments. Multiple details suddenly become perceptible, to the point of changing the perception of the rich and bountiful style coined by Nielsen himself. The direction of Paavo Järvi similarly stresses the inexhaustible inventiveness of the Nielsen’s orchestra, which then becomes a creator at the crossroads of the most diverse aesthetic. The most complex of the series, the 6thsymphony is simply amazing. In reality, Paavo Järvi captures all the malicious nature of the work of the Danes, and gives a performance which is both incredible and full of musical relevance, constantly exciting. A great success. © TG / Qobuz
3 DISKS - 24 TRACKS - TOTAL LENGTH: 03:30:21
INCLUDES: 1 Digital booklet
Main artist: Paavo Järvi
Composer: Carl Nielsen (1865-1931)
Label: RCA Red Seal
Genre: Classical
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