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Romantic Violin Concertos Hybrid SACD - DSD

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While Danish Romantic violin concertos aren't exactly ten a penny, these three important examples of the genre
firmly establish that the great Romantic violin concerto certainly had a place in Danish music: from Niels W. Gade's
grand, finely orchestrated concerto from 1880 through P.E. Lange Müller s concerto from 1902 with its many
moving melodies to 1943-44 when Rued Langgaard combined old virtues with new currents in his brief pastiche of a
violin concerto. These three rarely performed works are presented on this release by one of Denmark's absolutely
finest soloists, Christina Åstrand, here in good Finnish company with the Tampere Philharmonic and its chief
conductor John Storgårds.


Hearing a program like this sets one musing on what decides the fate of a piece of music. Here are two fine violin concertos, engagingly melodic, well structured, and finely orchestrated. One, the Niels Gade Concerto, was written as a gift for Joseph Joachim--for whom Brahms, Bruch, and Dvořák had also written concertos--and he premiered the work in Berlin in 1881; as auspicious a start as any work could hope for. It was premiered in Denmark soon after, played by a couple of other German violinists for a while, but soon faded from view. By 1969, historian Kai Aage Bruun would write it off as "pale," an apparently favorite term of dismissal, since he applied the same term to Lange-Müller's Concerto, as well.

Peter Lange-Müller wrote his Concerto more than 20 years later, in 1902, with, coincidentally, the assistance of Axel Gade, son of Niels Gade and like his father, a virtuoso violinist. It is not a traditional Romantic violin concerto, either in structure--the three movements do not strictly conform to the standard configuration--or in style, since the soloist does not really contend dramatically with the orchestra, is not consistently the focus of the music, and is not offered much in the way of brilliant effects. That might have been enough in itself to seal the fate of the work, but with the composer's sanction, Gade and at least two other violinists wrote cadenzas for the work that not only interrupted the natural flow of the first movement, but also, by their conspicuous display, highlighted the eschewing of such virtuoso brilliance elsewhere. The result was obscurity even greater than that of the Gade Concerto.

These first-rate performances by Christina Åstrand, for many of her 35 or so years the leader of the Danish National Orchestra, could change some minds. It is hard to imagine anyone finding these works pale as presented here; a composer could hardly ask for better advocacy than hers. Conductor John Storgårds--he is a violinist, as well--and the fine Tampere Philharmonic are no less committed, especially notable for their heart-felt phrasing and sensitive support of the soloist. Her playing has an alluring sweetness, especially in the warm acoustic of Tampere Concert Hall, soaring strength in all registers, and is flawlessly accurate.

And what are they advocating? In the Gade it is a winning combination of Mendelssohn's melodic grace and Brahms's warmth in three nicely contrasted movements, while Lange-Müller offers almost Elgarian nobiltà. Grieg is suggested by his Allegretto sostenuto movement, while charming folk dance-like elements predominate in the last. There is no lack of individual character and no suggestion of derivation, but anyone fond of the more famous composers will find some comfortable familiarity in these works. Even the quirky, often angry Langgaard here creates an ingratiating impression. This "concerto" is more an abstract of a concertante work--the solo piano almost as important as the violin--much as the 11th Symphony was an abstract of a symphony. It has more thematic unity than most of this composer's work--its 10-minute length may be a factor--a chamber-music delicacy, and very real nostalgic charm. All three are well worth knowing. I can only hope that this release--not the first recording of any of the works, but definitely the most accomplished--will result in a surge of interest in these fine concertos. -- Fanfare, Ronald E. Grames, January 2010

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  1. Violin Concerto in D Minor, Op. 56: I. Allegro con fuoco11:31Album Only
  2. Violin Concerto in D Minor, Op. 56: II. Romanze: Andantino espressivo 7:25$0.99  Buy MP3 
  3. Violin Concerto in D Minor, Op. 56: III. Rondo scherzando: Allegro, ma non troppo 8:02Album Only
  4. Violin Concerto in C Major, Op. 69: I. Moderato 9:19Album Only
  5. Violin Concerto in C Major, Op. 69: II. Allegretto sostenuto 5:15$0.99  Buy MP3 
  6. Violin Concerto in C Major, Op. 69: III. Allegro giocoso10:22Album Only
  7. Violin Concerto, BVN 289 9:33Album Only

Product Details

  • Performer: Christina Åstrand
  • Orchestra: Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Conductor: John Storgårds
  • Composer: Niels Gade, Peter Erasmus Lange-Müller, Rued Langgaard
  • Audio CD (August 25, 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Hybrid SACD - DSD
  • Label: Dacapo Classical
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Azaz on April 27, 2015
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one of the loveliest compilations of romantic music; the Gade is enchanting.
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4 of 7 people found the following review helpful By RJAdams on December 22, 2012
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Three violin concertos all written fluently for the violin, largely in a (Scandinavian/Central European) lyrical rather than dramatic vein. The Langgaard though essentially a one movement concerto under ten minutes is the most individual, definitely worth hearing, and the best reason to purchase this disc. The Gade and Lange-Mueller have striking moments as well but after three hearings are less memorable than other concertos of the type, such as the Mendelssohn or Bruch 1 and 2.

That said, how often do we need to listen to those venerable warhorses? The violinist Astrand has a sweet sound and great technique but lacks that last bit of oomph or temperament that distinguishes the greatest soloists. A Zino Francescatti or Jascha Heifetz (or perhaps the exciting Alina Ibragimova), accompanied by a top notch orchestra, might be able to make something more of these semi-precious gems.
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