Violin concerto – An American in Paris

Liza Ferschtman, Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra

19.9927.49
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Original Recording Format: DSD 64

When Antonín Dvorák first submitted a number of compositions in 1874 to qualify for a state stipendium, Eduard Hanslick, an influential music critic, but also a member of the assessment committee, was pleasantly surprised. Dvorak was awarded the grant and could spend all his time on composing. In the next years he again applied for the grant, and it was again awarded. When he appliedin 1877, he even received a personal letter from Hanslick, advising the young composer to get in touch with Johannes Brahms, who had been a member of the committee for several years. Brahms held Dvor?ák’s work in high regard and wanted to meet him.
They indeed met shortly afterwards and soon became good friends. Brahms brought Dvorák in contact with other composers, publishers and famous musicians. One of them was the renowned violinist Joseph Joachim, a good friend of Brahms for many years. Dvorák was invited to the Joachim home in Berlin, where he was cordially received. The violinist even organised a home concert for the first performance of Dvorák’s String Sextet and the Tenth String Quartet. The two men talked at great length, and Dvorák spoke of the violin concerto which he had recently started to compose. Joachim, who had not long before played the premiere of Brahms’s Violin Concerto, responded with enthusiasm. Dvorák spent the next few months labouring over the concerto and sent it to Joachim in the autumn of 1879.

Tracklist

1.
Violin concerto in a minor op. 53- Allegro ma non troppo-Quasi moderato
11:31
2.
Violin concerto in a minor op. 53- Adagio ma non troppo
10:33
3.
Violin concerto in a minor op. 53- Finale. Allegro giocoso, ma non troppo
10:54
4.
An American in Paris
19:16

Total time: 00:52:14

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Cables

Siltech

Digital Converters

DCS AD/DA

Microphones

Sonodore

Producer

Bert van der Wolf

Recording Engineer

Bert van der Wolf

Recording location

Beurs van Berlage, Amsterdam, Holland

Recording Type & Bit Rate

DSD64

Recording Software

Pyramix

SKU

CC72530

Release Date August 8, 2014
SKU CC72530

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SA-CD.net

Northstar’s first class DSD recording is natural and impeccably balanced as usual, in a pleasantly resonant but not reverberant acoustic, and a low noise floor. The soloist is portrayed as standing just in front of the orchestra, blending well with the orchestral sound without any obtrusive spotlighting; the violin tone is given plenty of air to develop.

A demonstration-worthy recording includes a stunningly well-focussed sound stage, notably in front to back perspective. I was thrilled by this reading in both sonics and performance and can’t keep it out of my player.

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