Mendelssohn, Brahms, Dvorak & Prokofiev - Violin Concertos etc. | Linn CKR614

Mendelssohn, Brahms, Dvorak & Prokofiev - Violin Concertos etc.

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Label: Linn

Cat No: CKR614

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 4

Genre: Orchestral

Release Date: 16th November 2018

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

Dvorak, Antonin

Czech Suite, op.39 B93
Nocturne in B major, op.40 B47
Violin Concerto in A minor, op.53
Waltzes (8), op.54 B105
» no.1 in A major (version for strings)

Mendelssohn, Felix

Symphony no.3 in A minor, op.56 'Scottish'
The Hebrides Overture 'Fingals Cave', op.26
Violin Concerto in E minor, op.64

Prokofiev, Sergei

Melodies (5) for violin and piano, op.35b (orch. Swensen)
Symphony no.1 in D major, op.25 'Classical'
Violin Concerto no.2 in G minor, op.63

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

Dvorak, Antonin

Czech Suite, op.39 B93
Nocturne in B major, op.40 B47
Violin Concerto in A minor, op.53
Waltzes (8), op.54 B105
» no.1 in A major (version for strings)

Mendelssohn, Felix

Symphony no.3 in A minor, op.56 'Scottish'
The Hebrides Overture 'Fingals Cave', op.26
Violin Concerto in E minor, op.64

Prokofiev, Sergei

Melodies (5) for violin and piano, op.35b (orch. Swensen)
Symphony no.1 in D major, op.25 'Classical'
Violin Concerto no.2 in G minor, op.63

Artists

Joseph Swensen (violin)
Scottish Chamber Orchestra

Conductor

Joseph Swensen

About

Encompassing his first collaboration to his last, this 4-CD collection celebrates Joseph Swensen’s tenure as Principal Conductor of the Scottish Chamber Orchestra (1996-2005). Swensen combines his role as conductor and soloist in acclaimed recordings of popular concertos by Mendelssohn, Brahms, Dvořák and Prokofiev.

Written within a hundred years of each other these concertos not only provide Swensen with the opportunity to display his mastery of formidable technical demands, but also demonstrate each composer’s individual expressive and melodic expertise. Swensen’s dual role as both conductor and soloist creates a special collaboration with the musicians of the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, who remain acutely attuned to his intentions.

In addition they perform a wonderful selection of orchestral music together to complement the concertos: Brahms’s Hungarian Dances, Dvořák’s Nocturne for string orchestra and Czech Suite, Mendelssohn’s Fingal’s Cave and ‘Scottish’ Symphony, plus Prokofiev’s Symphony no.1 and his Five Melodies (orchestrated by Swensen for solo violin and orchestra).

Joseph Swensen is Artistic Director of the NFM Leopoldinum Orchestra (Wrocław), Conductor Emeritus of the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Principal Guest Conductor of the Orquesta Ciudad de Granada and Artistic Partner of the Northwest Sinfonietta (USA). During his tenure with the SCO, Swensen and the orchestra toured extensively in the US, UK, Europe and the Far East, performing at New York’s Mostly Mozart Festival, Tanglewood and Ravinia Festivals, the BBC Proms, the Barbican and the Amsterdam Concertgebouw.

The SCO is a world-renowned orchestra with an outstanding reputation; its extensive discography features Robin Ticciati, Charles Mackerras, Elizabeth Watts, Francesco Piemontesi and Ingrid Fliter.

“Joseph Swensen's all-embracing rapport with the SCO is clear in this dynamic, charismatic and fiery performance of the Brahms Concerto.” - The Strad

“[Swensen] brings remarkable firepower to the Violin Concerto’s solo part, plus an unaffected, gloss-free lyrical grace that suits the music's sunlit moods as truly as its darker ones.” - Classic FM

“Whether conducting or playing, Swensen has patience and lovely sense of line and phrasing that brings out the nobility in Mendelssohn.” - Audiophile Audition

“He plays and directs the beautifully lyrical Second Violin Concerto, negotiating its neat twists and turns with natural flair and flow.” - The Scotsman

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