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Tchaikovsky: Violin Concerto, Op. 35 - Stravinsky: Les Noces

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Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. I. Allegro moderato
  2. II. Canzonetta. Andante
  3. III. Finale. Allegro vivacissimo
  4. Scene 1: The Tresses (At the Brides's House)
  5. Scene 2: At the Bridegroom's House
  6. Scene 3: The Departure of the Bride
  7. Scene 4: The Wedding Feast


Product Details

  • Conductor: Teodor Currentzis
  • Composer: Tchaikovsky, Strivinsky
  • Audio CD (February 19, 2016)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sony Classical
  • Run Time: 57 minutes
  • ASIN: B0172IW1OA
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #93,931 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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The last thing this world needed was yet another recording of the Tchaikovsky concerto. There are already about five million too many, with all of them being more or less the same tepid performance trapped within the rigid box of "cultured" convention.

And then this bomb dropped. And let me tell you, it's nuclear. From the very beginning it's clear that PatKop and Currentzis with his groundbreaking orchestra have completely redefined this concerto. The first movement is a roller coaster of drastically contrasting tempos, dynamics, and moods. PK goes from lush and lyrical to light and peppy to a ferocious madwoman slashing away at her fiddle in the blink of an eye. At times they push the tempo beyond what is plausible, adding a new kind of energy and excitement to the movement. She even somehow finds a way to reinvent and rejuvenate the tired cadenza. Her phrasing is completely unexpected and unpredictable, keeping you guessing throughout. The orchestra, too, is almost just as innovative and fresh as the soloist and they never struggle to keep up with her high octane approach.

The Canzonetta lies in stark contrast to the rest of the concerto here. Of the many renditions of this I've heard, I've rarely if ever heard the soloist drop below a mezzo forte, almost as if they are afraid someone may miss one of their "genius" notes. But PK takes the written pianos plus con sordino to heart. Her tone is light and airy, unlike her usual brazenness, and at times is almost inaudible. In fact, I'm sure if she performed this live the people in the back could not possibly have heard much of it. But it definitely works brilliantly. It's surprisingly pretty and lyrical, especially for her, and serves as a nice interlude between the driving forces of the outer movements.
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Couldn't agree more with C.
Though the cadenza voluntarily verges onto the ugly and dissonant at times, the finale is more breathtaking and dizzying than ever. Patty manages to make this worn-out concerto incredibly interesting, and her dialog with the orchestra is full of resources: she manages to be both virtuoso and not egotistic at the same time. It's novel, was unexpectedly worth the recording and is definitely worth listening. Plus it makes you discover the Stravinsky, with its lush Babushka flavor.
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I was intrigued because this performance was of the uncut score on period instruments. The conducting and the orchestra was fabulous. The balance between soloist and orchestra was perfect. The orchestra was a full enthusiastic partner.

As the performance wore on, I grew tired on Miss Kopatchinskaja's ultra romantic approach. Such a performance belongs with a romantic approach. Perhaps Furtwangler (whom I admire) might have admired this performance that plays hob with tempos and dynamics. It just does not fit with a period approach. Obviously, conductor and orchestra feel differently than I do. I applaud the soloist for imagination, but be warned that you are not getting the work as the composer conceived it.

The true performance of this work remains to be recorded. The slow movement, for instance, has never been played in accordance with the composer's metronome markings. This fiery concerto, containing much that appeals chiefly to the mind awaits a performance to convince others that it is not a "tired old concerto". It is an intense masterpiece.
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The critics hate it. I love it. The wild gypsy-like performance is a revelation.
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