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Mendelssohn/Bruch: Violin Concertos

Janine Jansen, Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, Riccardo Chailly

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It is highly unusual for a press release to be so frank in its description of the appeal of a particular performer. But in the case of Decca's 2006 release of Dutch violinist Janine Jansen's coupling of concertos by Mendelssohn and Bruch, the publicist's use of the terms "bedfellows" and "ménage á trois" all-too-plainly announces the prurient interest of Jansen's performances. Because while one may find her technique occasionally sloppy and her tone a bit sappy, there's no dismissing her ardent attacks, her warm vibrato, her frisky rhythms, and her seductive interpretations. In Jansen's performances, Mendelssohn's E minor Concerto is no sleek and stylish Audrey Hepburn, but rather a hot and bothered Marilyn Monroe, and Bruch's G minor Concerto is no sweet and sympathetic Myrna Loy, but rather a ready and willing May West. It should be acknowledged that conductor Riccardo Chailly is so smitten by Jansen that he leads the Gewandhaus Orchester in accompaniments bordering on the lascivious, that Decca is so beguiled by Jansen that its focus is almost entirely on the soloist at the expense of the orchestra, and that this combination only exaggerates the technical weaknesses of her performances at the expense the quality of the music. And it should likewise be admitted that the addition of Bruch's nearly unknown but utterly charming Romance for viola and orchestra will make this disc mandatory listening for fans of the composer's much more popular violin concertos and Scottish Fantasy. But unless style counts for more than substance, serious fans of this repertoire can do better.
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Violin Concerto In E Minor, Op.64, MWV O14 (Felix Mendelssohn)

1
1. Allegro molto appassionato
00:13:00

Felix Mendelssohn, Composer - Riccardo Chailly, Conductor, MainArtist - Simon Eadon, Balance Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, Orchestra, MainArtist - Andrew Cornall, Producer, Recording Producer - Janine Jansen, Violin, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2006 Decca Music Group Limited

2
2. Andante
00:08:01

Felix Mendelssohn, Composer - Riccardo Chailly, Conductor, MainArtist - Simon Eadon, Balance Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, Orchestra, MainArtist - Andrew Cornall, Producer, Recording Producer - Janine Jansen, Violin, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2006 Decca Music Group Limited

3
3. Allegro non troppo - Allegro molto vivace
00:05:47

Felix Mendelssohn, Composer - Riccardo Chailly, Conductor, MainArtist - Simon Eadon, Balance Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, Orchestra, MainArtist - Andrew Cornall, Producer, Recording Producer - Janine Jansen, Violin, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2006 Decca Music Group Limited

Romance in F for Viola & Orchestra, Op.85 (Max Bruch)

4
Bruch: Romance in F for Viola & Orchestra, Op.85
00:08:22

Max Bruch, Composer - Riccardo Chailly, Conductor, MainArtist - Simon Eadon, Balance Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, Orchestra, MainArtist - Andrew Cornall, Producer, Recording Producer - Janine Jansen, Violin, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2006 Decca Music Group Limited

Violin concerto No.1 in G minor, Op.26 (Max Bruch)

5
1. Vorspiel (Allegro moderato)
00:08:00

Max Bruch, Composer - Riccardo Chailly, Conductor, MainArtist - Simon Eadon, Balance Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, Orchestra, MainArtist - Andrew Cornall, Producer, Recording Producer - Janine Jansen, Violin, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2006 Decca Music Group Limited

6
2. Adagio
00:08:23

Max Bruch, Composer - Riccardo Chailly, Conductor, MainArtist - Simon Eadon, Balance Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, Orchestra, MainArtist - Andrew Cornall, Producer, Recording Producer - Janine Jansen, Violin, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2006 Decca Music Group Limited

7
3. Finale (Allegro energico)
00:07:11

Max Bruch, Composer - Riccardo Chailly, Conductor, MainArtist - Simon Eadon, Balance Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, Orchestra, MainArtist - Andrew Cornall, Producer, Recording Producer - Janine Jansen, Violin, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2006 Decca Music Group Limited

Violin Concerto In D Minor, Op.posth., MWV O3 - Ed.Menuhin (Felix Mendelssohn)

8
3. Allegro
00:04:22

Yehudi Menuhin, Contributor, Work Editor - Felix Mendelssohn, Composer - Stacey Watton, Double Bass, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Henk Rubingh, Violin, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Maarten Jansen, Cello, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Janine Jansen, Violin, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Maxim Rysanov, Viola, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Jacobien Roozemond, Violin, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2007 Decca Music Group Limited

Album Description

It is highly unusual for a press release to be so frank in its description of the appeal of a particular performer. But in the case of Decca's 2006 release of Dutch violinist Janine Jansen's coupling of concertos by Mendelssohn and Bruch, the publicist's use of the terms "bedfellows" and "ménage á trois" all-too-plainly announces the prurient interest of Jansen's performances. Because while one may find her technique occasionally sloppy and her tone a bit sappy, there's no dismissing her ardent attacks, her warm vibrato, her frisky rhythms, and her seductive interpretations. In Jansen's performances, Mendelssohn's E minor Concerto is no sleek and stylish Audrey Hepburn, but rather a hot and bothered Marilyn Monroe, and Bruch's G minor Concerto is no sweet and sympathetic Myrna Loy, but rather a ready and willing May West. It should be acknowledged that conductor Riccardo Chailly is so smitten by Jansen that he leads the Gewandhaus Orchester in accompaniments bordering on the lascivious, that Decca is so beguiled by Jansen that its focus is almost entirely on the soloist at the expense of the orchestra, and that this combination only exaggerates the technical weaknesses of her performances at the expense the quality of the music. And it should likewise be admitted that the addition of Bruch's nearly unknown but utterly charming Romance for viola and orchestra will make this disc mandatory listening for fans of the composer's much more popular violin concertos and Scottish Fantasy. But unless style counts for more than substance, serious fans of this repertoire can do better.
© TiVo

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