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Quintets - Released April 5, 2011 | BIS

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Classical - Released May 5, 2017 | BIS

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Chamber Music - Released August 27, 2013 | BIS

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Classical - Released July 3, 2012 | BIS

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Concertos - Released August 24, 2010 | BIS

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Although he is fondly remembered for his many exemplary film scores composed during the Second World War, Korngold's more "serious" concerto works -- particularly those written after the war -- are becoming increasingly well-respected and widely performed. Chief among those works gaining tremendous popularity is his violin concerto. Hints of the sweep and grandeur of the film genre can still be heard in the concerto, but never to the point where Korngold's music sounds trite or unpolished. Rather, Korngold casts the violin in a decidedly Romantic style while still managing to include snippets of previous film scores, making for an easily accessible listening experience. Contrasting sharply with Korngold's increasing popularity is Lithuanian composer Balys Dvarionas. Like Korngold, his Violin Concerto of 1948 is very much in the neo-Romantic tradition, with highly lyrical solo lines and impressively rich orchestral tuttis. Why this concerto exists in obscurity is a mystery as it is entirely satisfying. Performing on this BIS album is violinist Vadim Gluzman and Residentie Orkest den Haag under Neeme Järvi. Both Gluzman and Järvi turn out spectacular performances. Gluzman's playing is fiery, intricate, untiringly lyrical, and powerfully lyrical; he gives listeners a performance that is every bit as musically fulfilling as it is technically polished. Järvi leads the orchestra through a noticeably exciting accompaniment, particularly in the energized outer movements of the Dvarionas concerto. Highly recommended on all levels, this album is sure to please.
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Classical - Released July 1, 2016 | BIS

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Classical - Released April 1, 2005 | BIS

Classical - Released April 1, 2004 | BIS

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Classical - Released January 1, 2008 | BIS

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This BIS SACD juxtaposes two extremes of the violin repertoire. On the one hand, we have the Glazunov A minor Violin Concerto, a composition that, despite its highly successful premiere, has fallen somewhat out of favor in modern concert halls. On the other end of the spectrum is Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto, which had a somewhat shakier initial premiere but has since secured its position as one of the most popular, often performed, and frequently recorded concertos in the entire repertoire. Both of these concertos are historically tied to the great violinist and pedagogue Leopold Auer, whose 1690 Stradivarius violin is heard on the present recording in the hands of violinist Vadim Gluzman. Gluzman honors not only these two concertos, but also Auer's tradition of performance excellence. His interpretation of both concertos combines the best qualities of dazzling technical precision; solid intonation; a deep, rich, and guttural sound quality perfectly in line with the Russian tradition; and fresh, energetic musical interpretations. The Glazunov concerto's many technical hurdles are cleared easily and actually brought together in a much more musically satisfying fashion than previous recordings of the work in memory. The Tchaikovsky concerto is given new life and energy in Gluzman's hands -- not an easy task with a composition recorded as frequently as this one. The recorded sound of the album is exceptional, even capturing the occasional and satisfying string buzz, ferule click, and production noises, which only serve to exemplify the energy with which Gluzman performs.
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Classical - Released December 1, 2008 | BIS

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Sweden's BIS label has done excellent work in reviving the virtuoso music that lots of listeners would have known 100 years ago but that was stamped out by self-serving modernism. This release by Ukrainian-born Israeli violinist Vadim Gluzman and his wife, pianist Angela Yoffe, contains a few of the hits but also unearths some more unusual items. The music comes from various periods, and the program avoids the tedium that can come from hearing all encores. Several pieces were arranged by violinists themselves, and these give a flavor of the old performance economy in which players were higher up in the hierarchy. Nikolay Medtner's Fairy Tale for piano. Op. 20/1, was arranged by Jascha Heifetz, whose cool, awesomely precise style Gluzman's own somewhat resembles. Ernesto Halffter's Habanera, apparently for orchestra originally (it comes from a film score), appears in a version by Polish-Mexican violinist Henryk Szeryng, and the unexpected adaptation of themes from Fiddler on the Roof is by the violinist's own father, Michael Gluzman. Kreisler's La Gitana, Ernest Bloch's Nigun, and Ravel's Tzigane are repertory pieces, but the Szeryng arrangement and the Prelude No. 1, Op. 14, of Samuel Gardner, are world premieres, and other works like Franz Ries' La Capricciosa or Zino Francescatti's Polka are hardly better known but plenty challenging. The engineering is up to the usual high BIS standards, and this recording is both a great deal of fun and a worthwhile investigation. Notes are in English, German, and French.
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Classical - Released January 1, 2006 | BIS

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