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  • Audio CD (March 13, 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • ASIN: B000NA1YX4
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #296,409 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. I. Nocturne. Lento-Tranquillo E Molto Rbato
2. II. Scherzino. Presto-Leggiero E Fantastico, Trio-Meno Presto, Tempo Del Scherzino
3. III. Sonata-Finale. Allegro-Tempo Giusto
4. I. Allegro Ma Non Troppo
5. II. Rhapsody. Poco Lento
6. III. Allegro Scherzando-Allegro Non Troppo
7. I. Andante Con Moto
8. II. Allegro Moderato
9. III. Allegro Molto

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By T. Fisher TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on September 13, 2009
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This CD was an impulse buy. I had not heard any of the pieces on the disc, but was encouraged by the low price and by some earlier pleasant experiences with the Arte Nova label. Indeed, I was completely wrong about the CD -- when I read "double concertos" I immediately assumed they would be for violin and cello. Rather, these are all for violin (played by Benjamin Schmid) and viola (played by Daniel Raiskin), with the Berlin Symphony Orchestra.

I really loved the album, it was a tremendously pleasant surprise. The pieces are all post-Romantic in style, although the Bruch concerto really hearkens back to the heyday of full-on Romanticism. The playing is terrific throughout and the sound quality as well.

The disc starts off with the Romantic Fantasy for Violin, Viola and Orchestra, written in 1937 by Arthur Benjamin (who, according to the liner notes, was one of Benjamin Britten's teachers). This is probably my favorite on the disc. The main theme is a simple fanfare starting out on horn but quickly taken over by the lead instruments. The first movement is an enjoyable development of the theme, but then rhythms and orchestrations really get interesting in the second and third movements before the piece ends with a full-orchestra version of the initial fanfare. The whole thing really is quite fun.

Benjamin Britten's rarely-heard Concerto for Violin, Viola and Orchestra is also very enjoyable. This was a very early piece written in 1932, while Britten was still a student. The concerto survived in a detailed draft form in his archives but was never performed or published during his lifetime, and the composer marked his contemporaneous "Simfonietta" as his Opus 1.
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