Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Elgar - Violin Concerto: Halle - Mark Elder CBE, Thomas Zehetmair

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    Elgar - Violin Concerto: Halle - Mark Elder CBE, Thomas Zehetmair

    Gramophone Awards 2010
    Best of Category - Concerto

    Elgar Violin Concerto: ‘a towering performance of Elgar’s Violin Concerto with Thomas Zehetmair, a soloist of fierce intelligence. Unlocking the work’s volcanic emotions …he certainly found the reflective tenderness. He and Elder’s taut yet flexible orchestra were at one in the visionary poetry of the finale, making this a performance of exceptional detail – happily one that will appear on the orchestra’s own CD label.’ The Sunday Telegraph

    01. The Kingdom OP.51, prelude:  Halle - Mark Elder CBE 09:31
    02. Violin Concerto OP.61, Allegro: Halle - Mark Elder CBE, Thomas Zehetmair 17:00
    03. Violin Concerto OP.61, Andante: Halle - Mark Elder CBE, Thomas Zehetmair 12:31
    04. Violin Concerto OP.61, Allegro molto: Halle - Mark Elder CBE, Thomas Zehetmair 18:30
    05. The Dream of Gerontius, Prelude:  Halle - Mark Elder CBE, Alice Coote 10:22
    06. The Dream of Gerontius, The Angel's Farewell:  Halle - Mark Elder CBE, Alice Coote 06:58

    The Guardian
    25th February 2010
    “...[an] exceptional recording of the work, Zehetmair's playing is...passionate and openly expressive.”
    The Telegraph
    26th March 2010
    “risk-taking and passionately intense”
    BBC Music Magazine
    May 2010
    “ able to marry impassioned purpose with appreciation of Elgar's complexity...Mark Elder's direction is stunning...there's a warm glow about the Hallé sound that adds an extra strand of specialness.”
    Sunday Times
    18th April 2010
    “Zehetmair and Elder scrupulously observe Elgar’s copious expression marks, the soloist’s expansive phrasing enhanced by judicious portamento and exquisite filigree decoration. Elder’s understanding of tempo variegation in this music is now second nature to him...he shows again that he and the Hallé have few rivals in this music.”
    Gramophone Magazine
    Aaugust 2010
    “...this latest version blows the others...out of the water..Zehetmair's reading is one of greater intimacy, whilst its intensity holds you in an iron grip from first note to last...In the slow movement Zehetmair and Elder are quietly moving, with the kind of unhistrionic approach that allows the music's latent beauty to flower”

    Following success in the 2009 Classic FM Gramophone Awards the Hallé and Sir Mark Elder return to the music of Elgar, coupling the much loved Violin Concerto with the Prelude to the lesser known oratorio The Kingdom and Elgar’s own arrangement of highlights from The Dream of Gerontius.
    A stunning new interpretation of Elgar’s masterpiece from one of the world’s most dynamic violinists. The performance is alive with passion and dynamism, yet imbued with the beautiful poetry for which Elder’s interpretations of Elgar have been acclaimed.
    Part of a planned trilogy of oratorios about the Apostles (which he never completed) was written in 1905 when Elgar underwent some spiritual crisis which shook his religious faith and he was also physically unwell. The music leaves an impression of lyrical tenderness and deep sadness... prestoclassical

    Performers: Halle - Mark Elder CBE (conductor), Thomas Zehetmair (violin), Alice Coote (mezzo-soprano)

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