Obsession

Concertgebouw Chamber Orchestra, Michael Waterman, Niek Baar

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On the album Obsession, Dutch violinist Niek Baar returns to the pieces that inspired him to become a violinist. Together with the Concertgebouw Chamber Orchestra and Concertmaster Michael Waterman, he recorded wonderfully romantic, well-known and exuberant repertoire, including Ravel’s Tzigane, Tchaikovsky’s Souvenir d’un lieu cher and Tartini’s Il Trillo del Diavolo.

The connection between the musicians is palpable. Niek says that “The Concertgebouw Chamber Orchestra played every moment as if we were playing the most intimate chamber music repertoire, and that inspired me to take risks, to go outside of my comfort zone, and perform as a whole with each other.”

Niek plays a magnificent and rare violin made in Cremona in 1729 by Carlo Bergonzi. On this recording produced by Jared Sacks, you hear the ‘core’ of the instrument, including all of the gritty elements that accompany the sweet, soprano tones that the violin is most famous for.

Niek Baar, Violin
Concertgebouw Chamber Orchestra
Michael Waterman, Concertmaster

Tracklist

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1.
Praeludium and Allegro
05:49
2.
Romanze op. 11
12:06
3.
Souvenir d'un lieu Cher op. 42- Scherzo
03:55
4.
Souvenir d'un lieu Cher op. 42- Melodie
03:46
5.
Trillo del Diavolo - Larghetto ma non troppo
03:47
6.
Trillo del Diavolo - Allegro Moderato
03:04
7.
Trillo del Diavolo - Andante - Allegro assai - andante - Allegro assai
09:20
8.
Souvenir d'un lieu Cher op. 42- Meditation
09:54
9.
Tzigane - Rapsodie de Concert
10:56

Total time: 01:02:37

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Label

SKU

44822

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Analog to Digital Converter

Horus, Merging Technologies at DSD 256

Cables

Van den Hul, 3T – exclusive use of Van den Hul 3T cables

Mastering Engineer

Jared Sacks

Microphones

Brüel & Kjær 4006, Schoeps

Instruments

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Original Recording Format

Pre Amps

Rens Heijnis, Custom Design

Producer

Jared Sacks

Recording Engineer

Jared Sacks

Recording Location

MCO Hilversum, The Netherlands in January 2022

Release DateAugust 19, 2022

Press reviews

NativeDSD Blog | HRAudio

… Baar demonstrates that he is worth every inch of his violin. A valuable instrument can and will only shine in the hands of someone who has a love affair with it. Right from the start (Kreisler: Praeludium and Allegro) it becomes clear that Niek is able to draw a sweet, silken tone from his soul mate that continues in Dvořák’s Romance in F minor and the following two movements of Tchaikovsky’s Souvenir d’un lieu cher, as arranged by Alexandru Lascae. …

HIFI Critic

Recorded and engineered by label founder, and head of Native DSD, Jared Sacks, again at the MCO in Hilversum, he plays a programme from composers including Dvorák, Ravel, Tartini and Tchaikovsky, and while Sacks allows the group of musicians plenty of space to breathe, he also provides a wonderfully focused view of the solo instrument. That means we hear not only its sweetness and fluidity in the hands of an accomplished performer, but also its occasional bite and grit – it’s wonderfully characterful stuff.

1 review for Obsession

    A lovely album, beautifully played and excellently recorded, as ever, on the Channel Classics label.

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