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Prelude Solennel / Suite Estonian Dances Import

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Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Prelude Solennel
  2. Old Waltz
  3. The Shepherd's Tune
  4. The Kantele Player
  5. Horn Tunes
  6. Allegro, Ma Molto Moderato
  7. Andante Sostenuto
  8. Allegro Vivace, Quasi Presto


Product Details

  • Orchestra: Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra
  • Conductor: Neeme Järvi
  • Composer: Eduard Tubin
  • Audio CD (March 25, 1994)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Bis
  • ASIN: B0000016BN
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #681,564 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By Stanley Crowe TOP 1000 REVIEWER on May 4, 2013
In the 1980's, BIS was doing for Scandinavian and Baltic composers what Chandos, in the UK, was doing for British composers -- recording them with very good orchestras and very good conductors. Here is Neeme Jarvi, in a public concert, with the violinist Mark Lubotsky, giving an absolutely knockout performance of a lovely violin concerto and a suite of folk dances for violin and orchestra by the Estonian composer Eduard Tubin. If Tubin is under-rated, one can see how, compared to Sibelius and Nielsen, he might seem a less distinctive voice, but his work here is nonetheless substantive and beautifully wrought. The Estonian Dance Suite is a charmer -- 4 Dances, totalling about 16 minutes, that give soloists from the orchestra opportunities to interact with the solo violin. Here, the xylophone and harp are particularly lovely, and the music isn't over-sophisticated by Tubin: he lets the folk-character come through, and Lubotsky plays with fine spirit. The effect isn't unlike the Vaughan Williams folk-song suite, though the character of the music is different. The main event on the disc, so to speak, is the violin concerto -- it might be not out of place in Hyperion's Romantic Violin Concerto series! -- and it's a beauty. The opening timpani strokes have you saying, "Beethoven?" but it heads in to the steady tread of a march, which the violin joins after a while, before heading into more lyrical cadential writing that it seems to be inviting the orchestra to join. The scoring is rich, and the lyricism is acceded to, before the march-like music returns at the end of the movement. The second movement is a gorgeous threnody, that opens with a lovely cor anglais (I think) solo, into the spirit of which the violin joins.Read more ›
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For some reason, this beautiful and moving concerto is rather summarily dismissed in many of the guides to classical CD's. It shows the full flowering of Tubin's own distinctive and moving lyrical gift, more akin to his 4th Symphony than to many of his other works. It is a heartwarming piece which will grow on you. The live performance shows some tentativeness at the start, but warms to a superb account of the slow movement. The other works are fine examples of their kind - a characteristic mixture of sophistication and earthiness in the Estonian Dances and a better than average piece of pomp and circumstance in the Prelude solennel.
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Until recently, the music of Eduard Tubin has been a secret outside of Estonia, his country of origin and Sweden, to which he fled in 1944. Fortunately his work has been championned by the esteemed Estonian

conductor Neeme Jarvi on the BIS label. Whereas, this recording does not contain any of the symphonies,

it should not be overlooked. Although the charming Concerto for Violin is the major piece on this recording,

it is the stirring Prelude solennel which will leave you humming. It might even cause you to buy some of his

other works
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This CD features some of the compositions for violin and orchestra written by the Estonian composer Eduard Tubin (1905-1982).

The Suite on Estonian Dances for violin and orchestra (1974) features four charming dance movements, but this certainly can not be considered a major work. Likewise, the Prelude solennel is a miscellaneous orchestral work, but is very much in the Tubin style, with stirring themes and leaping brass fanfares followed by one or more triplet figures.

Compared to these pieces, the Violin Concerto No. 1 (he wrote two) from 1942 is a far more substantial work. The dramatic first movement contains a martial orchestral theme (reminds me a little bit of the Estonian Sinfonietta), which is contrasted against an expressive part for the violin soloist. This is a stormy movement, concluding with a series of powerful chords. The second movement is gentle and lyrical. The third movement is dance-like. In this movement, the competition between the soloist and orchestra gradually builds until the work is brought to a close by a series violin runs and one final brass fanfare in Tubin-like fashion

I really enjoy the music of Tubin, especially his powerful symphonies, so I am going to be extra critical of this recording. The live recording dating from 1984 sounds a little fuzzy to me, but the overall quality is acceptable. Also, I am annoyed by the fact that BIS choose to include the applause at the end of the suite and concerto. The violin concerto is a five star piece, but the less than stellar sounds quality, the uneven coupling, and the less than generously filled CD, push my rating somewhere between three and four stars. But since I am a Tubinite, and the playing is quite fine, I am going to round up in this case.
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