Ole Bull: Violin Concertos (Blu Ray Audio & SACD) Hybrid SACD - DSD
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Ole Bull (1810-1880) was an adventurer, violin virtuoso, composer and international star who brought the name of Norway to worldwide attention. Within music and drama he was a pioneer in the development of a national identity, and on the concert stage his fabulous playing skills and intense charisma early won him the sobriquet 'the Scandinavian Paganini'.
Some of his most attractive tunes, as well as the rural potpourri Et Saeterbesog have remained part of Norway's cultural heritage; on this recording they can be heard alongside his two virtuosic violin concertos and the fiery Spanish fantasia La Verbena de San Juan. The concertos and the fantasia were rediscovered only a few years ago, and this is the first recording ever made of these attractive works. The A major Concerto was written in Italy in 1834 and boasts everything one could ever dream of when it comes to attractive tunes and giddy virtuosity. No. 2, Concerto Fantastico, lives indisputably up to its name and confirms what Franz Liszt wrote in 1840: 'He is a sort of savage's genius, possessing an abundance of original, enchanting ideas. In brief, he has moved me; it is a long time since that has happened to me.'
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Norweigan Radio Orchestra under the direction of Ole Kristaian Ruud bring us into Ole Bull's sound world with performances that are first rate all around. As usual Morton Lindberg and the folks at 2L have recorded these works in DXD at 352.8khz. Which both the Blu-Ray Audio Disc and the SACD Hybrid disc benefit from greatly soundwise.
Ole Bull was a great influence on the Norwegian artists of his time men such as Grieg, Ibsen, Nordraak, and others.
He could be described as a superstar of his time. His music clearly shows us this to be true, the only video you will see will be the menu or table of contents. This music is certanly worth checking out and listening to.
All of the pieces on this recording are performed superbly and the sound is A+. The "Saeterjentens Sondag" is Bull's most famous piece. Actually it is an excerpt from "Et Saeterbesog" which is the fantasy piece. The "I Ensomme Stunde" is done very well but all of these pieces have been recorded before. As for the "Concerto in A", "Concerto Fantastico", and the "La Verbena de San Stunde" these are World Premieres. All of the these pieces encompass violin techniques developed by Paganini; double, triple, and quadruple stops, harmonics, ricochet bowing, and large scale phrases, but Bull uses them in a Norwegian style.
What I like about all of these new pieces is that Bull uses a full romantic orchestra. The "La Verbena de San Stunde" is a Spanish piece some-what similar to Sarasate's pieces for Violin & Orch and displays Bull's breath of style and playing. The Concerto in A is excellent and the Concerto Fantastico I believe is the best piece on the CD. I love all of the movements especially the first; the build up orchestration before the soloist is great. The use of the tymbal is unexpected and completely catches you off guard but fits the music perfectly. The second movement severely tugs at your heart and the final has a quick and very happy melody. If you really enjoy great violin playing in the 19th century, I don't think you will be disappointed with this CD.
I wish every classical music lover buys this lovely music on Blu Ray Audio and SACD.
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