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Musical Opinion, January 2014

Van Sweden’s virtuosity as a violinist…is here shown to be of the highest class, in an account of the great Shostakovich Concerto that holds its own with the finest (including Oitrakh), and superbly partnered by de Waart. At the super-budget price, this is a fantastic bargain. © 2014 Musical Opinion



Leslie Wright
MusicWeb International, December 2013

…if one wants a good indication of van Zweden’s violin talents in twentieth-century music, this disc does provide that. As usual with Naxos, the presentation is fine with substantial notes on the works by Paul Conway. © 2013 MusicWeb International Read complete review




Remy Franck
Pizzicato, November 2013

Today a renowned conductor, Jaap van Zweden was once a respected violinist. Both recordings show him as soloist. His Shostakovich is light and bright, without a hint of depressive or sarcastic elements. The Rihm is sweet and molto cantabile. © Pizzicato



David Denton
David's Review Corner, October 2013

One of today’s most sought after conductors, Jaap van Zweden reminds us, in this 1990’s reissue, that he is also one of the outstanding violinists of his generation. The youngest concertmeister of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra at the age of nineteen, these ‘live’ concert performances demonstrate both his brilliant technique and innate musicianship. He immediately places his Shostakovich in a league apart from all others on disc by his warm and rhythmically free opening statement. I find his following third movement so perfectly doom-laden, and his finale a whirlwind of brilliance…Many alternatives offer both Shostakovich concertos, but here Zweden brings to our attention Wolfgang Rihm’s 1992 work, Gesungene Zeit (Time Chant). It is a score of fascinating sonorities, often slow moving, the work builds inexorably to a massive climatic moment before descending to the mood of the opening. It demands very accurate gradation of dynamics to capture the unusual sounds, and in this respect the orchestra plays a role equal to that of the solo violin. A fine release I commend to you. © David’s Review Corner





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