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BRAHMS: Violin Concerto / Double Concerto

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Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 77: I. Allegro non troppo
23:16
 
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Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 77: II. Adagio
9:29
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Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 77: III. Allegro giocoso, ma non troppo
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Double Concerto for Violin and Cello in A minor, Op. 102: I. Allegro
16:08
 
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Double Concerto for Violin and Cello in A minor, Op. 102: II. Andante
7:39
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Double Concerto for Violin and Cello in A minor, Op. 102: III. Vivace non troppo
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fredrich

This is Gramophone Magazine's Editor's Choice for this month

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Technically fine but...

SpinyNorman

Julia Fischer is still very young to tackle the violin concerto. Technically, this sounds to me like a very fine performance – and yet one that just lacks an ounce of character. Maybe slightly disappointingly, the same can be said of the accompaniment. It’s enjoyable, but not hugely memorable and not to be compared with the greats in this work. The double concerto fares better, with good interplay between the two soloists and what sound like a more committed orchestral response. The recording is a little studio-bound in cast but still a very good piece of engineering. Certainly the double concerto is worth a listen.

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Not my cuppa

mlstein

Julia Fischer plays beautifully but her Brahms is underplayed, lyrical to a fault. Second themes lose all momentum, not helped by her habit of pausing slightly before each one. I've never heard the glorious coda to the first movement so lovely, with such integration between soloist and orchestra, but there's a lack of drive, angularity, and sheer muscle that rule both performances out for me. The Double is slightly more interesting, perhaps because it offers fewer opportunities for shoegazing...