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Forgotten Treasures: Pierre Rode’s Violin Concertos

May 21, 2007

Earlier this year Friedemann Eichhorn recorded violin concertos Nos. 7, 10 and 13 of Pierre Rode with the SWR Radio Orchestra Kaiserslautern conducted by Nicolas Pasquet. They are all world première recordings. Friedemann Eichhorn is professor of violin and director of string studies at the Franz Liszt School Weimar. Naxos is delighted to be collaborating with him in a new series dedicated to the 19th century violinist-composers.

Pierre Rode (1774-1830) was a student of Viotti and is recognized, next to Kreutzer and Baillot, as an important figure of the French violin school. Rode is mostly known for his 24 Caprices for solo violin, and while his caprices are studied all around the world, his 13 concertos are rarely if ever played.

Friedemann, an avid proponent of 19th century violin repertoire, comments on his first recording of the complete concertos of Pierre Rode: “Practising… and working with the score was a wonderful adventure, Rode uses sophisticated and often rich orchestration. Concerto No. 7 was a favourite of Henryk Wieniawski. In these concertos Rode does not ask for big cadenzas in the first movements, rather he includes small flourishes of notes on fermatas. As a counterpoint to effective virtuoso violin writing, Rode emphasizes the singing quality of his instrument. I am happy to share these beautiful concertos with music lovers.”

Sessions took place at SWR Studio in Kaiserslautern, Germany, from January 29 to February 1st, and from February 6 to 9, and were produced by Ralf Kolbinger and engineered by Rainer Neumann.


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