Schoenberg & Brahms - Violin Concertos | Orchid Classics ORC100129

Schoenberg & Brahms - Violin Concertos


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Label: Orchid Classics

Cat No: ORC100129

Barcode: 5060189561292

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Orchestral

Release Date: 20th March 2020



Jack Liebeck (violin)
BBC Symphony Orchestra


Andrew Gourlay


Brahms, Johannes

Violin Concerto in D major, op.77

Schoenberg, Arnold

Violin Concerto, op.36


Jack Liebeck (violin)
BBC Symphony Orchestra


Andrew Gourlay


Family history and the present rise of intolerance to others belong to the story behind Jack Liebeck’s latest album. His pairing of the Brahms and Schoenberg Violin Concertos, recorded with the BBC Symphony Orchestra and Andrew Gourlay, stands as a personal homage to works from classical music’s central European heartlands. It also reflects the experience of his Dutch/German Jewish family, and in particular his paternal grandfather Walter Liebeck, who suffered at the hands of the Nazis.

In 1934, Walter Liebeck, Jack’s grandfather, fled the Nazis to find refuge in South Africa. Walter’s favourite piece of music was Brahms’s Violin Concerto and although he didn’t live to hear Jack play, his love of Brahms seems to be in the genes and now felt the time for Jack to record the work with Walter in his mind.

Alongside Brahms comes Schoenberg’s vast and highly virtuosic Violin Concerto (1934-36), written shortly after Schoenberg’s own departure from Germany in 1933. A fitting work reflecting that period, which seems still to have extraordinary relevance in today’s volatile world.


Jack Liebeck responds with astonishing command, allowing the music’s expression to speak with a real degree of freedom, even fantasy, so that the solo part can interact with similarly deft accompaniment by the orchestra. The same qualities shine throughout a stellar interpretation of Brahms’s masterwork. Liebeck’s approach here, while powerful and forthright, also finds beautiful light and shade in the quieter moments, and the finale’s dialogue scintillates between soloist and orchestra alike.  Malcolm Hayes (Recording of the Month)
BBC Music Magazine May 2020

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