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The essence of a concerto is the contrast and combination of a solo instrument with a larger instrumental ensemble. Having developed out of the Baroque concept of concerto grosso, the concerto genre was fully established in the eighteenth century, and many works dating from this period are still a key part of the repertoire today. The opportunity for virtuosic display from the soloist has resulted in the concerto becoming a vital musical force on the concert platform.

The violin concerto owes a great deal of its development to the technical achievement of performers, and to this day many works are renowned for their fierce technical demands. Indeed, many composers who have written for the instrument were superlative players themselves—Wieniawski and Paganini among them. The fascinating history and capabilities of the instrument can be traced through the compositions contained herein; from the gossamer threads of Vivaldi to the exhilarating fireworks of Prokofiev, via the lilting swagger of Lalo and Saint-Saëns and nationalistic panache of Sibelius and Glazunov.

Disc 1

Vivaldi, Antonio

  The 4 Seasons: Violin Concerto in E Major, Op. 8, No. 1, RV 269, "La primavera" (Spring)
1.   I. Allegro 00:03:29
2.   II. Largo e pianissimo sempre 00:02:36
3.   III. Danza Pastorale (Allegro) 00:04:15
  The 4 Seasons: Violin Concerto in G Minor, Op. 8, No. 2, RV 315, "L'estate" (Summer)
4.   I. Allegro non molto 00:05:20
5.   II. Adagio - Presto 00:02:33
6.   III. Presto 00:03:01
  The 4 Seasons: Violin Concerto in F Major, Op. 8, No. 3, RV 293, "L'autunno" (Autumn)
7.   I. Allegro 00:04:44
8.   II. Adagio molto 00:02:45
9.   III. Allegro 00:03:13
  The 4 Seasons: Violin Concerto in F Minor, Op. 8, No. 4, RV 297, "L'inverno" (Winter)
10.   I. Allegro non molto 00:03:25
11.   II. Largo 00:02:20
12.   III. Allegro 00:03:06

Bach, Johann Sebastian

  Violin Concerto in A Minor, BWV 1041
13.   I. Allegro 00:03:52
14.   II. Andante 00:06:55
15.   III. Allegro assai 00:03:45
  Violin Concerto in E Major, BWV 1042
16.   I. Allegro 00:08:15
17.   II. Adagio 00:07:23
18.   III. Allegro assai 00:02:59

Disc 2

Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus

  Violin Concerto No. 4 in D Major, K. 218
1.   I. Allegro 00:10:09
2.   II. Andante cantabile 00:07:51
3.   III. Rondeau: Andante grazioso - Allegro ma non troppo 00:07:52
  Violin Concerto No. 5 in A Major, K. 219
4.   I. Allegro aperto 00:10:36
5.   II. Adagio 00:10:56
6.   III. Tempo di menuetto 00:09:22

Spohr, Louis

  Violin Concerto No. 8 in A Minor, Op. 47, "in modo di scena cantante"
7.   I. Recitative: Allegro molto - 00:03:59
8.   II. Adagio - Recitative: Andante - 00:07:08
9.   III. Allegro moderato 00:08:09

Disc 3

Beethoven, Ludwig van

  Violin Concerto in D Major, Op. 61
1.   I. Allegro ma non troppo 00:25:11
2.   II. Larghetto 00:10:13
3.   III. Rondo: Allegro 00:11:21

Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus

  Violin Concerto No. 3 in G Major, K. 216
4.   I. Allegro 00:09:46
5.   II. Adagio 00:08:27
6.   III. Rondeau: Allegro 00:06:50

Disc 4

Mendelssohn, Felix

  Violin Concerto in E Minor, Op. 64
1.   I. Allegro molto appassionato 00:13:41
2.   II. Andante - Allegro non troppo 00:09:27
3.   III. Allegro molto vivace 00:06:39

Bruch, Max

  Violin Concerto No. 1 in G Minor, Op. 26
4.   I. Prelude: Allegro moderato 00:08:06
5.   II. Adagio 00:08:09
6.   III. Finale: Allegro energico 00:07:43

Vieuxtemps, Henry

  Violin Concerto No. 5 in A Minor, Op. 37, "Gretry"
7.   I. Allegro non troppo - Moderato 00:15:34
8.   II. Adagio 00:04:08
9.   III. Allegro con fuoco 00:01:20

Disc 5

Brahms, Johannes

  Violin Concerto in D Major, Op. 77
1.   I. Allegro non troppo 00:24:10
2.   II. Adagio 00:08:54
3.   III. Allegro giocoso, ma non troppo vivace 00:08:30

Paganini, Nicolò

  Violin Concerto No. 1 in D Major, Op. 6, MS 21
4.   I. Allegro maestoso 00:22:34
5.   II. Adagio espressivo 00:04:45
6.   III. Rondo: Allegro spiritoso 00:09:51

Disc 6

Saint-Saëns, Camille

  Violin Concerto No. 3 in B Minor, Op. 61
1.   I. Allegro non troppo 00:08:49
2.   II. Andantino quasi allegretto 00:07:37
3.   III. Molto moderato e maestoso - Allegro non troppo 00:11:07

Lalo, Édouard

  Symphonie espagnole, Op. 21
4.   I. Allegro non troppo 00:07:31
5.   II. Scherzando: Allegro molto 00:04:17
6.   III. Intermezzo: Allegretto non troppo 00:06:31
7.   IV. Andante 00:06:39
8.   V. Rondo: Allegro 00:08:36

Disc 7

Tchaikovsky, Pyotr Il'yich

  Violin Concerto in D Major, Op. 35
1.   I. Allegro moderato 00:19:24
2.   II. Canzonetta: Andante 00:06:57
3.   III. Finale: Allegro vivacissimo 00:11:25

Glazunov, Alexander Konstantinovich

  Violin Concerto in A Minor, Op. 82
4.   Violin Concerto in A Minor, Op. 82 00:20:20

Disc 8

Elgar, Edward

  Violin Concerto in B Minor, Op. 61
1.   I. Allegro 00:16:36
2.   II. Andante 00:11:07
3.   III. Allegro molto 00:18:07

Wieniawski, Henryk

  Violin Concerto No. 2 in D Minor, Op. 22
4.   I. Allegro moderato 00:12:01
5.   II. Romance: Andante non troppo 00:04:44
6.   III. Allegro con fuoco: Allegro moderato 00:06:15

Disc 9

Sibelius, Jean

  Violin Concerto in D Minor, Op. 47
1.   I. Allegro moderato 00:16:15
2.   II. Adagio di molto 00:08:36
3.   III. Allegro, ma non tanto 00:06:54

Dvořák, Antonín

  Violin Concerto in A Minor, Op. 53, B. 96
4.   I. Allegro ma non troppo 00:10:32
5.   II. Adagio ma non troppo 00:10:11
6.   III. Finale: Allegro giocoso, ma non troppo 00:09:16

Disc 10

Shostakovich, Dmitry

  Violin Concerto No. 1 in A Minor, Op. 99
1.   I. Nocturne 00:12:39
2.   II. Scherzo 00:06:48
3.   III. Passacaglia 00:14:44
4.   IV. Burlesque 00:05:10

Prokofiev, Sergey

  Violin Concerto No. 1 in D Major, Op. 19
5.   I. Andantino: Andante assai 00:09:32
6.   II. Scherzo: Vivacissimo 00:03:55
7.   III. Moderato - Allegro moderato - Moderato - Più tranquillo 00:08:58

Total Playing Time: 11:26:50

Bach, Johann Sebastian; Beethoven, Ludwig van; Brahms, Johannes; Bruch, Max; Dvořák, Antonín; Elgar, Edward; Glazunov, Alexander Konstantinovich; Lalo, Édouard; Mendelssohn, Felix; Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus; Paganini, Nicolò; Prokofiev, Sergey; Saint-Saëns, Camille; Shostakovich, Dmitry; Sibelius, Jean; Spohr, Louis; Tchaikovsky, Pyotr Il'yich; Vieuxtemps, Henry; Vivaldi, Antonio; Wieniawski, Henryk

Dohnányi, Oliver; Engeset, Bjarte; Gallois, Patrick; Gunzenhauser, Stephen; Jean, Kenneth; Kolchinsky, Camilla; Leaper, Adrian; Mogrelia, Andrew; Wildner, Johannes; Wit, Antoni

Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra; Capella Istropolitana; Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra; Sinfonia Finlandia Jyväskylä; Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra; Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra

Bisengaliev, Marat; Kaler, Ilya; Kang, Dong-Suk; Keylin, Misha; Kraggerud, Henning; Lamsma, Simone; Nishizaki, Takako; Papavrami, Tedi

Label: Naxos

Series: Boxed Sets

Genre: Concerto

Period: 20th Century; Baroque; Classical; Romantic

Catalogue No: 8.501058

Barcode: 730099105842

Physical Release: 04/2012

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