|

Click here to expand and collapse the player

SIBELIUS: Violin Concerto in D minor, Op. 47 (Original and Final Versions)

Rate It! Avg: 4.5 (27 ratings)
Retail
Member
SIBELIUS: Violin Concerto in D minor, Op. 47 (Original and Final Versions) album cover
01
Violin Concerto in D minor, Op. 47 (Original version, 1903-04): I. Allegro moderato
19:37
 
02
Violin Concerto in D minor, Op. 47 (Original version, 1903-04): II. Adagio di molto
10:03
 
03
Violin Concerto in D minor, Op. 47 (Original version, 1903-04): III. Allegro (ma non tanto)
10:00
 
04
Violin Concerto in D minor, Op. 47 (Final version, 1905): I. Allegro moderato
16:57
 
05
Violin Concerto in D minor, Op. 47 (Final version, 1905): II. Adagio di molto
10:07
 
06
Violin Concerto in D minor, Op. 47 (Final version, 1905): III. Allegro, ma non tanto
8:16
$0.49
$0.99
Album Information
EDITOR'S PICK

Total Tracks: 6   Total Length: 75:00

Find a problem with a track? Let us know.

Write a Review 3 Member Reviews

Please register before you review a release. Register

user avatar

Poor recording

ralembik

While Kavakos is one of the finest vioinists in the world (as confirmed by having seen him play with the Atlanta SO), this recording is one of the worst. He's just drowned out. Still, Kavakos is the best interpreter of Sibelius around, which should not inhibit acquisition of this recording.

user avatar

An exercise in distance

Edge

Leonidas Kavakos sounds like he is standing in the frozen expanse of northern Finland, desperately fighting against massive drifts of musical snow drowning out his playing. The original 1904 version of the Sibelius Violin Concerto pits the soloist not only against his own technical shortcomings, but also against the forces of a large orchestra. The revisions Sibelius made to the score not only reduced the technical demands of the violinist, in many places they cleared the fog of orchestration which smothered the soloist in drifts of orchestral sound. Why then, is the microphone in this recording placed so high above the violin? It makes Kavakos's job impossible; he fights the brass and the massed woodwind and strings in an already muddy score, and I find it impossible to tell whether he succeeds. There are stretches of beauty from Kavakos's violin, and in places from the orchestra; all marred, I'm afraid, by the strange and distant microphone placement.

user avatar

Beautiful Music

meldada

beautiful, transcendent music. same piece different versions. all you need is one version. I chose the final version.