Tchaikovsky – Violin Concerto, Serenade melancolique

Julia Fischer, Russian National Orchestra

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Original Recording Format: DSD 64

The solo violin did not occupy a central position within the oeuvre of Peter Tchaikovsky (1840 – 1893). He was himself a pianist, and composed three piano concertos, as well as chamber music, operas and ballets. That probably explains why he composed no more than one violin concerto. Certainly, it was composed shortly after the most profound crisis in his personal life, i.e. his marriage to Antonia Milyukova in 1877: “The marriage ceremony had only just taken place, and I had been left alone with my wife, realizing that fate had linked us inseparably, when it suddenly came upon me that I did not feel even simple friendship for her – rather, an aversion in the truest sense of the word. Death seemed to me to be the only way out, yet I could not even contemplate suicide.” Admittedly, his friends, such as Nikolai Kashkin, were aware of this personal disaster: “Tchaikovsky himself looked somewhat bewildered, did not say a word about this new situation during our conversations, and his marriage remained – as it did for his other friends – a mystery to us.” However, Tchaikovsky did not seem to change as far as the rest of the world was concerned, as endorsed by his colleague Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov, who mentions the following in his autobiography My musical life: “After approximately 1876, Tchaikovsky – who was living in Moscow at the time – regularly visited our home about once or twice a year. Whenever he came to St. Petersburg, he enjoyed coming to see us. Usually, his visits took place on the days when our musical circle came together… In those days as also later on, Tchaikovsky was an endearing person with whom to talk and, in the best sense of the word, a noble man”. He reacted to his disappointment in the marriage with illness (gastritis, headaches, insomnia) and sought refuge in work: a hasty removal to St. Petersburg also helped him to overcome this “tense situation”, as his friend Nikolai Kashkin later recalled.

 

 

Tracklist

1.
Violin Concerto in D, Op. 35 - Allegro moderato
18:05
2.
Violin Concerto in D, Op. 35 - Canzonetta (Andante)
06:44
3.
Violin Concerto in D, Op. 35 - Finale (Allegro vivacissimo)
10:04
4.
S_r_nade m_lancolique, Op. 26 - Andante
09:27
5.
Valse - Scherzo, Op. 34 - Allegro (Tempo di Valse)
07:46
6.
Souvenir d'un lieu cher, Op. 42 - M_ditation
09:17
7.
Souvenir d'un lieu cher, Op. 42 - Scherzo
03:15
8.
Souvenir d'un lieu cher, Op. 42 - M_lodie
03:22

Total time: 01:08:00

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B&W Nautilus

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Producer

Joop Maarse, Sebastian Stein

Recording Engineer

Erdo Groot, Jean Marie Geijsen

Recording location

MCO studio 5 Hilversum Holland, DZZ studio 5 Moscow

Recording Type & Bit Rate

DSD64

Recording Software

Merging

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SKU

PTC5186095

Release Date April 4, 2015
SKU PTC5186095

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SA-CD.net

For 50 years the Heifetz/Reiner recording has been the standard. Therefore, I am pleased to say that Heifetz needs to move over; this performance is fantastic and the recording is as good as you can get. This is a great recording and purchase – easily one of the top ten for 2006 or any other year.

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