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Bartok: Violin Concerto No. 2 / Tchaikovsky: Violin Concerto


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listen  1. Concerto for Violin in D Major Op.35: I. Allegro moderatoDavid Zinman18:18$2.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Concerto for Violin in D Major Op.35: II. Canzonetta (Andante)David Zinman 6:24$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Concerto for Violin in D Major Op.35: III. Finale (Allegro vivacissimo)David Zinman10:27$1.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Concerto for Violin No.2: Allegro non troppoDavid Zinman16:25$2.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Concerto for Violin No.2: Andante tranquilloDavid Zinman 9:57$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Concerto for Violin No.2: Allegro moltoDavid Zinman12:22$1.99  Buy MP3 

Product Details

  • Performer: Valeriy Sokolov
  • Orchestra: Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich
  • Conductor: David Zinman
  • Composer: Peter I. Tchaikovsky, Bela Bartok
  • Audio CD (November 1, 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Erato Disques
  • ASIN: B005FI6IZ8
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #562,228 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Gil G on January 19, 2013
Format: Audio CD
I've listened lately to a few CDs of this lovely concerto and prefer this one over the rest.

True, some mythological recordings are more brilliant and passionate but .....they all analogue recordings from the 50th - 70th which don't meet my expectation from a CD quality.
I couldn't find so far a great performance with a great sound quality.
So: this CD is my favorite for now.
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I sometimes wonder just how many young violin virtuosos the world can absorb. Young Valery Sokolov arrives at a time when extraordinary technical polish has almost become common coin. The fall of the Soviet Union allowed the floodgates to open for talented Russian fiddlers, while the conservatories of the West haven't been idle, either. So what will set Sokolov apart? Getting a contract with a semi-major record label is a big boost, and the Amazon blurb is right about the air of ease that the violinist radiates - the Tchaikovsky flows as smooth as silk. His pure, bright tone suits that technical ease; the overall effect is rather like a star coloratura in the opera house. I was struck by how liquid Sokolov's tone remains in the first-movement cadenza of the Tchaikovsky. As with Joshua Bell, no unlovely note is permitted.

But ease can slip into lack of impact, and Sokolov rates low on assertion in the Tchaikovsky. By the middle of the first movement the steady production of gorgeous tone began to sound a bit monotonous. David Zinman, a functional conductor who veers toward literalness, doesn't ignite the proceedings, either. On the plus side the recorded sound is lively, and the Tonhalle orchestra plays well (but nothing more). It's good not to gobble up the score and strain to impress - a common failing of anxious-to-please competition finalists - but Sokolov's elegance risks two things, sounding shallow and lacking intensity. For me, the equally elegant Bell usually avoids those pitfalls, but not in his Sony recording of the Tchaikovsky, and Sokolov is low key even by that measure.

Was the unusual pairing of the Bartok Violin Cto. no. 2 an attempt to show that Sokolov has some grit?
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