Brahms - Violin Concerto, Hungarian Dances | Linn BKD224

Brahms - Violin Concerto, Hungarian Dances

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Label: Linn

Cat No: BKD224

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Orchestral

Release Date: 10th February 2014

Contents

Works

Brahms, Johannes

Hungarian Dances (21), WoO1
» no.1 in G minor (orch. Brahms)
» no.2 in D minor (orch. Hallen)
» no.3 in F major (orch. Brahms)
» no.5 in G minor (orch. Schmeling)
» no.6 in D major (orch. Schmeling)
» no.7 in A major (orch. Schmeling)
» no.8 in A minor (orch. Gal)
» no.9 in E minor (orch. Gal)
» no.10 in F major (orch. Brahms)
» no.17 in F sharp minor (orch. A Dvorak)
» no.18 in D major (orch. A Dvorak)
» no.19 in B minor (orch. Dvorak)
» no.20 in E minor (orch. A Dvorak)
» no.21 in E minor (orch. A Dvorak)
Violin Concerto in D major, op.77

Artists

Joseph Swensen (violin)
Scottish Chamber Orchestra

Conductor

Joseph Swensen

Works

Brahms, Johannes

Hungarian Dances (21), WoO1
» no.1 in G minor (orch. Brahms)
» no.2 in D minor (orch. Hallen)
» no.3 in F major (orch. Brahms)
» no.5 in G minor (orch. Schmeling)
» no.6 in D major (orch. Schmeling)
» no.7 in A major (orch. Schmeling)
» no.8 in A minor (orch. Gal)
» no.9 in E minor (orch. Gal)
» no.10 in F major (orch. Brahms)
» no.17 in F sharp minor (orch. A Dvorak)
» no.18 in D major (orch. A Dvorak)
» no.19 in B minor (orch. Dvorak)
» no.20 in E minor (orch. A Dvorak)
» no.21 in E minor (orch. A Dvorak)
Violin Concerto in D major, op.77

Artists

Joseph Swensen (violin)
Scottish Chamber Orchestra

Conductor

Joseph Swensen

About

‘Brahms: Violin Concerto & Hungarian Dances’ is another triumphant success for director Joseph Swensen and the Scottish Chamber Orchestra.

Originally released in 2004, ‘Brahms: Violin Concerto & Hungarian Dances’ has been re-issued as part of Linn’s Echo series which offers a second chance to enjoy the best of the label’s award-winning catalogue.

The beguiling lyrical melodies of the Violin Concerto belie its formidable technical demands. Swensen proves the master of Brahms’ frequent use of multiple stopping, broken chords, rapid scale passages and shifting rhythms. Playing a 1715 Stradivarius, Swensen showcases honeyed tone colours with effortless bravura executing Joachim’s dazzling cadenza with aplomb.

Swensen's authoritative command produces well-characterised and energetic performances in the selection of Hungarian Dances orchestrated by Dvorak, Schmeling and Brahms himself, among others.

Guided by Swensen the SCO give dynamic, technically assured and intimate readings, overflowing with subtle touches and flourishes.

Joseph Swensen was principal conductor of the Scottish Chamber Orchestra from 1996-2005, at which point he became the orchestra’s Conductor Emeritus.

‘...lively and zest filled performances’ - The Telegraph

Brahms’ Hungarian Dances are as colourful, fast-paced and brilliant as one could wish for, and under Swensen’s powerful command the orchestra gives a fantastically spirited performance.’ - The Strad

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