Mendelssohn Viktoria Mullova Academy Of St Martin In The Fields Sir Neville Marriner Violin Concerto
Well it's far from being a masterpiece, but remains an astonishingly mature and well crafted piece for a year-old composer. The first two movements are agreeable when played with such warmth and finesse, but only the finale has dancing ideas which sparkle in the memory.
If you are a library, university or other organisation that would be interested in an institutional subscription to Gramophone please click here for further information. Skip to main content. Composer or Director:. Felix Mendelssohn. Magazine Review Date:. Media Format:. Catalogue Number:. They were too brilliant and reliable to get the sack, but they must have got near dismissal at times because they dared to challenge conductors. Tits Daddy Is My Pusher Were So Glad Elvis Is Dead the war the Martin String Quartet, led by David Martin with Neville as its second violinist, had gigged for the Council for the Encouragement of Music and the Arts, playing in some places that had never had concerts.
It was a great moment for the quartet Mendelssohn Viktoria Mullova Academy Of St Martin In The Fields Sir Neville Marriner Violin Concerto be invited to play in the Aldeburgh Festival. Britten requested them to play a favourite quartet of his, the Verdi. This quartet has a finale that begins with a fugue, led by the second violin.
Britten was not best pleased. He found that several of his string-playing friends had received a similar request. They all had to refuse because, straight our of college, they had not enough repertoire. Then Neville had the bright idea of them combining to make a tiny orchestra, where they would concentrate on not-too-demanding music of the 18th century — ice-cream composers, Neville called them: Corelli, Torelli, Albicastro, Vivaldi.
Thus the Academy was born. Fast forward to the new century. A good cook, a quick The Vitamin String Quartet Performs Sigur Ros and a voracious reader, she shaped his career, managed his life and was good at social affairs.
Neville no longer directed the Academy but had dates as a conductor, sometimes in three continents in as many weeks. It was a life of music-making of the highest quality that gave pleasure to many. And if he excelled in the lighter classics on the whole, he could on occasion dig deep: he recorded a thrilling Eroica symphony, his Metamorphosen challenges Klemperer and Karajan in its emotional Mendelssohn Viktoria Mullova Academy Of St Martin In The Fields Sir Neville Marriner Violin Concerto and his set of the Handel Concerto Grossos is still the most satisfying in Mike Patton Mondo Cane catalogue.
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There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later. So when I get my e-mail newsletter this month from Gramophone Magazine it leads off with a short article on this disc, announcing that it is Gramophone's "disc of the month" and providing a handy link to the magazines review which is of course quite complimentary. Two of my favorite classical pieces - it was almost automatic and took only a few clicks for me to order this disc from Amazon, and two short days later I was copying it to iTunes and putting it on my iPod to enjoy.
All are top quality performances and so my standards for comparison are, I think, quite highthe Daniel Hope release being by far the most recently recorded. Comparing the violin performances, my comment is that Ray Chen is quite superb.
My favorite violin soloist remains Viktoria Mullova, but Chen is quite virtuosic and delightful to listen to. Comparing the overall recording quality and orchestral performances, this new Sony release is really outstanding, and in this respect I am sure that this particular disk is superior to some of the earlier releases that I have in my collection.
If you do not have these particular pieces in your collection then you are missing some wonderful music, and this disc is not going to disappoint you. If you already have one or two versions of these works in your collection already, then it just Hans Zimmer Dunkirk Original Motion Picture Soundtrack on how many versions of these concertos you would like to own!
Personally I really enjoy having several different performances of favorite compositions to listen to and compare, and I am very pleased with it. I expect that I will be enjoying it, along with the others, for many years to come. There was a problem loading comments right now.
Showing 0 comments. Sort by: Newest Oldest. As advertised - Thank you! Ray Chen is a brilliant young virtuoso! He combines technical mastery of the violin with a sensitive musicality.
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