Prokofiev - Violin Concertos | BIS BIS2142

Prokofiev - Violin Concertos

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Label: BIS

Cat No: BIS2142

Format: SACD

Number of Discs: 1

Release Date: 2nd September 2016

Contents

Artists

Vadim Gluzman (violin)
Estonian National Symphony Orchestra

Conductor

Neeme Jarvi

Works

Prokofiev, Sergei

Sonata for solo violin, op.115
Violin Concerto no.1 in D major, op.19
Violin Concerto no.2 in G minor, op.63

Artists

Vadim Gluzman (violin)
Estonian National Symphony Orchestra

Conductor

Neeme Jarvi

About

Nathan Milstein once described Sergei Prokofiev’s First Violin Concerto as ‘one of the best modern violin concertos… a brilliant piece, perhaps the finest of all Prokofiev’s works’, while the Second Concerto was taken up by violinists such as David Oistrakh and Jascha Heifetz. Here the two works are interpreted by the Ukrainian-born Vadim Gluzman who, as many critics have remarked, is firmly based in the glorious tradition of these and other virtuosos of the 19th and 20th centuries. His discs for BIS have included concertos by Tchaikovsky and Bruch as well as by Gubaidulina and Barber, earning him such accolades as the Diapason d’or de l’année. On the present disc Gluzman is supported by the eminent Estonian National Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Neeme Järvi.

Gluzman rounds off the programme with Prokofiev’s only solo work for the violin, the Sonata in D major, op.115 – one of the composer’s less familiar compositions for the instrument. Strictly speaking it is a sonata for several violins; Prokofiev wrote the piece in 1947 to be played in unison by violin students. Despite its pedagogical purpose, the sonata is far more than just a technical exercise, however, presenting an overwhelming richness of ideas and emotions within a short time-frame.

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