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Sibelius: Violin Concerto / Bruch: Scottish Fantasy
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by Zubin Mehta
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What renders Midori's performance of this formidable piece peerless? First, I know of few other violinists who can toss off the inhuman exigencies--strenuously long passages of octaves and tenths, swift and continuous harmonics, successions of multiple stoppings, and other fingerboard acrobatics--of this piece with nearly diamond-sharp perfection, especially in an unedited live performance. Parts One and Eight of the third movement are particularly of breathtaking accuracy. Incidentally, Sarah Chang and Cho-Liang Lin rival her in this aspect.
But this is not merely a virtuoso showpiece. Midori's infinitely expressive, touching, provocative, and passionate tone, diversified by its kaleidoscopic palette of tonal colors, bestows spellbinding ardour, beauty, charm, sensuality, and warmth to the concerto. Yet her playing is also cogent, commanding, robust, and vigorous when the music demands so.
All the virtues above alone do not make up a musician--only a magician. Yet Midori's musicality and profundity are phenomenal.Read more ›
One thing is, some of the detail is lost because of the concert hall where recorded. But, hey, think about it, I still listen to Heifetz or Oistrakh's recordings. This is still a better condition than their old recordings. By the way, if you wanna listen to some of great Sibelius, I recommend those guys (Heifetz and Oistrakh) also.
Scottish Fantasy here is also beautiful and enjoyable. Here too, Midori is technically superb and I can't say more to praise her performance. Her live performance is always a treat.
Bruch's Scottish Fantasy is also such a treat. This makes a nice coupling for me since I love Scottish Fantasy much better than his 2 violin concertos. Midori is perfectly controlled as always, but also I was amazed by how positive the music sounds with Midori. She creates such a clear statement. It is so refreshing to hear something clear and direct, which you can rarely hear today.
Back to Midori, she plays the Sibelius as beautifully as it can be played..she must possess artistic subtlety and nuance to the 100th degree, unbelievable..I've listened to all of the great soloists play this piece but Midori gets more out of it..And the adagio ? it can't be played with any more emotion, depth, and understanding than by the young Midori..I've heard Stern play it and it just can't be the same adagio..Midori seems to have captured the essence Sibelius intended - strange at times but also extremely beautiful.
What else can I say about Midori ? There can't be too many other
perfect violinists (Heifetz is one for sure) but none surpass Midori technically and artistically.
She's got to be one of the top 2 or 3 of all time..
Most Recent Customer Reviews
02-02-2014 I learned the Sibelius Violin Concerto over 35 years ago, and lately I have come back to it. Read morePublished on February 2, 2014 by NUC MED TECH
I believe that I have all recordings of this extraordinary piece of music. The best of course is Christian Ferras` and this one has to be the worst. Read morePublished on November 14, 2011 by Montcler
The highlight of this album is Bruch's Scottish Fantasy, which has some violin passages so achingly beautiful, it's almost enough to bring tears to your eyes. Read morePublished on October 5, 2009
Sibelius's violin concerto is the single piece that started my interest in classical music. I admit I may not have a seasoned ear, but I know for certain that I should have paid... Read morePublished on January 10, 2007 by Kenja
I saw Midori live at the Philadelphia Orchestra about a month ago perform Sibelius' violin concerto. I think i held my breath the whole piece. She is unbelievable. Read morePublished on April 18, 2003 by benito
after listening to this cd at a friend's house I have finalized my opinion on Midori being a over-hyped,
non-emotional and mechanical violinst; back when she was 13 wearing... Read more