Brahms - Violin Concerto, Schumann - Symphony No.4 | Avie AV2125

Brahms - Violin Concerto, Schumann - Symphony No.4


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Label: Avie

Cat No: AV2125

Barcode: 0822252212525

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Orchestral

Release Date: 30th April 2007



Thomas Zehetmair (violin)
Northern Sinfonia


Thomas Zehetmair


Brahms, Johannes

Violin Concerto in D major, op.77

Schumann, Robert

Symphony no.4 in D minor, op.120


Thomas Zehetmair (violin)
Northern Sinfonia


Thomas Zehetmair


Track listing:
Johannes Brahms (1833 – 1897)
Concerto for Violin and Orchestra in D major
[1] I Allegro non troppo (Cadenza - Thomas Zehetmair)
[2] II Adagio
[3] III Allegro giocoso, ma non troppo vivace
Robert Schumann (1810 – 1856)
Symphony No. 4 in D minor (Original Version 1841)
[4] I Andante con moto – Allegro di molto
[5] II Romanza: Andante
[6] III Scherzo: Presto
[7] IV Finale: Allegro vivace

July 2006, BBC Proms, Royal Albert Hall: Thomas Zehetmair and Northern Sinfonia perform Schumann’s Fourth Symphony (in the original 1841 version) and BrahmsViolin Concerto, a bold and brilliant move by the orchestra’s Music Director, conducting from his violin. This recording re-creates that programme, which received rapturous reception and unanimous acclaim. Zehetmair and Northern Sinfonia have forged one of Europe’s most dynamic musical relationships. The pairing of one of the most significant violinists of his generation with the award winning chamber orchestra from Tyneside has secured them their growing international reputation.

This is the second in an ongoing series of recordings made at the spectacular Sage Gateshead with Northern Sinfonia, inaugurated last autumn with the Gramophone Editor’s Choice release of Mozart Piano Concertos Nos. 9 and 23 (AV 2100), with Imogen Cooper directing from the keyboard.

Critical acclaim for Thomas Zehetmair and the Northern Sinfonia:
as soloist in Brahms’ Violin Concerto, [Zehetmair] gave as fine a performance as I can remember – and he was conducting, too.” – The Independent

an exceptional performance – bold, intensely lyrical, yet of an almost chamber music-like intimacy.” – The Guardian

All the music’s devilment, daring and sheer difficulty were reborn in a performance taut with tension, and wonderfully variegated in tint and tone.” – The Times

a reminder that there are states of being into which only music can lead you: that blissfulness where time transcends itself; that mountain-top freshness were everything makes sense." – The Sunday Times

Recorded in Hall One of The Sage Gateshead, England, 8 November 2006 and 9-11 December 2006
Recording Producer: Simon Fox-Gál. Balance Engineer: Jonathan Stokes (Brahms) / Simon Fox-Gál (Schumann)
Editing: Sebastian Schubert

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