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Viktoria Mullova|Beethoven / Mendelssohn: Violin Concertos

Beethoven / Mendelssohn: Violin Concertos

Viktoria Mullova, Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique, John Eliot Gardiner

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Viktoria Mullova and John Eliot Gardiner: Mullova, a strong-toned, intense, and very virtuosic Russian violinist living in the West, an individualist without a trace of idiosyncrasy and a expressivist without a trace of sentimentality, and Gardiner, a superb proponent of period instruments who's out of his depths with passionate expressivity, an excellent exponent of Handel and Bach who's over his head with Beethoven or Berlioz, a conducting collection of idiosyncrasies passing himself off as an interpreter and an amateur passing himself off as an individualist. What could they have to say to each other? At least in this 2002 recording of the Beethoven and Mendelssohn violin concertos, the answer is: nothing good. Mullova is reserved, restrained, and almost reluctant, her tone contracted, her intensity constrained, and her virtuosity constricted. Gardiner leads the Orchestre Revolutionnaire et Romantique in an instrumentally colorful but ultimately lax and soporific accompaniment. Together, Mullova and Gardiner turn in a pair of tepid and timid performances with only Mullova's fiery and passionate performances of Ottavio Dantone's cadenzas to the Beethoven concerto to make the disc worth hearing. Philips' sound is a little too reverberant and oddly empty.
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Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 61 (Ludwig van Beethoven)

1
1. Allegro ma non troppo
00:23:12

Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer - John Eliot Gardiner, Conductor, MainArtist - Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique, Orchestra, MainArtist - Viktoria Mullova, Violin, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Ottavio Dantone, Composer, Cadenzor

℗ 2003 Decca Music Group Limited

2
2. Larghetto -
00:08:20

Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer - John Eliot Gardiner, Conductor, MainArtist - Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique, Orchestra, MainArtist - Viktoria Mullova, Violin, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Ottavio Dantone, Composer, Cadenzor

℗ 2003 Decca Music Group Limited

3
3. Rondo. Allegro
00:09:26

Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer - John Eliot Gardiner, Conductor, MainArtist - Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique, Orchestra, MainArtist - Viktoria Mullova, Violin, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Ottavio Dantone, Composer, Cadenzor

℗ 2003 Decca Music Group Limited

Violin Concerto In E Minor, Op.64, MWV O14 (Felix Mendelssohn)

4
1. Allegro molto appassionato
00:13:00

Felix Mendelssohn, Composer - John Eliot Gardiner, Conductor, MainArtist - Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique, Orchestra, MainArtist - Viktoria Mullova, Violin, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2003 Decca Music Group Limited

5
2. Andante
00:07:06

Felix Mendelssohn, Composer - John Eliot Gardiner, Conductor, MainArtist - Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique, Orchestra, MainArtist - Viktoria Mullova, Violin, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2003 Decca Music Group Limited

6
3. Allegro non troppo - Allegro molto vivace
00:07:11

Felix Mendelssohn, Composer - John Eliot Gardiner, Conductor, MainArtist - Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique, Orchestra, MainArtist - Viktoria Mullova, Violin, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2003 Decca Music Group Limited

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Viktoria Mullova and John Eliot Gardiner: Mullova, a strong-toned, intense, and very virtuosic Russian violinist living in the West, an individualist without a trace of idiosyncrasy and a expressivist without a trace of sentimentality, and Gardiner, a superb proponent of period instruments who's out of his depths with passionate expressivity, an excellent exponent of Handel and Bach who's over his head with Beethoven or Berlioz, a conducting collection of idiosyncrasies passing himself off as an interpreter and an amateur passing himself off as an individualist. What could they have to say to each other? At least in this 2002 recording of the Beethoven and Mendelssohn violin concertos, the answer is: nothing good. Mullova is reserved, restrained, and almost reluctant, her tone contracted, her intensity constrained, and her virtuosity constricted. Gardiner leads the Orchestre Revolutionnaire et Romantique in an instrumentally colorful but ultimately lax and soporific accompaniment. Together, Mullova and Gardiner turn in a pair of tepid and timid performances with only Mullova's fiery and passionate performances of Ottavio Dantone's cadenzas to the Beethoven concerto to make the disc worth hearing. Philips' sound is a little too reverberant and oddly empty.
© TiVo

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