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DVOŘÁK, A.: Violin Concerto / Romance, Op. 11 / SUK, J.: Fantasy in G Minor, Op. 24 (C. Tetzlaff, Helsinki Philharmonic, Storgårds)


Ondine ODE1279-5

   MusicWeb International, December 2016
   American Record Guide, July 2016
   Fanfare, July 2016
   Fanfare, July 2016
   Pizzicato, June 2016
   The Strad, May 2016
   BBC Music Magazine, May 2016
   Audio Video Club of Atlanta, May 2016
   The WholeNote, April 2016
   MusicWeb International, April 2016
   AllMusic.com, April 2016
   ClassicsToday.com, March 2016
   Infodad.com, March 2016
   WFMT (Chicago), March 2016
   MusicWeb International, March 2016
   The Guardian, March 2016
   Classic FM, March 2016
   Gramophone, March 2016

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Nigel Harris
MusicWeb International, December 2016

I am choosing this mainly because the performance of the Dvořák is as close to ideal as you can reasonably expect to get: it has warmth, charm, delicacy and idiomatic nuance, and is above teeming with life. All this is based on a notably close partnership between soloist and orchestra. The coupling is also particularly welcome, namely the only work for violin and orchestra by Dvořák’s son-in-law—flawed, but much more valuable than the standard warhorse one tends to get. © 2016 MusicWeb International



Lawrence Hansen
American Record Guide, July 2016

…the balance between the soloist and the orchestra—and the wealth of detail in the orchestral fabric, in all three pieces—is spectacular. © 2016 American Record Guide Read complete review on American Record Guide



Jerry Dubins
Fanfare, July 2016

John Storgårds and the Helsinki Philharmonic provide Tetzlaff with outstanding orchestral support throughout. Their contribution in the Suk is particularly noteworthy, for Suk’s score is symphonic in scope, giving the orchestra much more than an accompanimental role to play. © 2016 Fanfare Read complete review



Huntley Dent
Fanfare, July 2016

Tetzlaff applies everything possible to keep us interested, and his variety of tone and phrasing, replete with innumerable nuances, can’t help but be compelling. Tetzlaff has arrived at a golden plateau in his music-making, and besides his phenomenal technique, applied with keen musical intelligence, his playing here is sweetly tender.

Tetzlaff caresses every theme, especially the slower, more lyrical ones, with playing of astonishing refinement. At his level of virtuosity, it hardly matters what the music is, because your ear can always be captivated by fiddling in excelsis. © 2016 Fanfare Read complete review




Remy Franck
Pizzicato, June 2016

Christian Tetzlaff’s imaginative playing enriches Suk’s Fantasy as well as Dvorak’s Concerto. The violinist is extremely well supported by the Helsinki Philharmonic and John Storgårds. The recording of the Suk Fantasy is for sure one of the best in the catalogues. © 2016 Pizzicato



David Milsom
The Strad, May 2016

The sound is intoxicating and dangerous, Tetzlaff’s wonderful cantabile playing counterpoised by some slightly snarling sul-G passages, which maintain line, purpose and intensity…

The Dvořák Concerto is fulfilled with taut, accurate but also spacious playing. …This disc is a persuasive advocate for some celebrated music. © 2016 The Strad Read complete review




Jan Smaczny
BBC Music Magazine, May 2016

John Storgårds and the Helsinki Philharmonic provide attentive and flexible accompaniment, and Tetzlaff’s tone throughout is unfailingly beautiful. …Christian Tetzlaff’s ardour works very well in Dvořák’s Romance, a felicitous reworking for violin and orchestra of a melodious if slightly awkward quartet movement, and his performance of Suk’s Fantasy with its excitable tempo changes is near ideal. © 2016 BBC Music Magazine



Phil Muse
Audio Video Club of Atlanta, May 2016

Christian Tetzlaff gives us a secure performance, and he shows a good grasp of the overall form that still allows plenty of room for point-making. His lithe, slender tone is good for the lighter and more sentimental moments… © 2016 Audio Video Club of Atlanta Read complete review



Terry Robbins
The WholeNote, April 2016

Tetzlaff meets all the demands, both technical and emotional, with ease and conviction, and with passion and sensitivity, throughout a really lovely CD. © 2016 The WholeNote Read complete review



Nigel Harris
MusicWeb International, April 2016

Everything about this issue bespeaks quality: the performances above all, but also the recording, and indeed the booklet’s artwork. …The sense of two artists working unpretentiously together at the service of the composer is, then, conveyed both by what one hears and by what one sees. …Certainly the music-making is of a very high order indeed. © 2016 MusicWeb International Read complete review




James Manheim
AllMusic.com, April 2016

Tetzlaff and the Helsinki Philharmonic under John Storgårds create a distinctive and absorbing version that can stand with the great Czech recordings of the work. …Tetzlaff delivers a warm yet controlled performance that is made to stand out sharply. © 2016 Allmusic.com Read complete review




David Hurwitz
ClassicsToday.com, March 2016

…Dvorák’s Violin Concerto is one of the most perfectly balanced of all romantic works in the medium: three movements, each of equal length, with a finale that isn’t overwhelmed by the opening and which truly provides a satisfying culmination. It is this formal balance that Tetzlaff and Storgårds project so satisfyingly. © 2016 ClassicsToday.com Read complete review




Infodad.com, March 2016

The most interesting piece here…is the Fantasy in G minor by Josef Suk, …Suk’s work opens in strikingly dramatic fashion and becomes, from start to finish, an alteration of intense and pastoral sections that complement each other winningly. Suk’s fantasy requires nuanced playing and a sense of constantly shifting colors in the solo and orchestral parts alike, and that is just what it gets here, with Tetzlaff and Storgårds handing off the lead to each other time and again in a collaborative effort that combines flexibility with dynamic strength—just as the music requires. © 2016 Infodad.com Read complete review



Lisa Flynn
WFMT (Chicago), March 2016

Violinist Christian Tetzlaff presents works for violin and orchestra by two Czech composers closely connected to each other, Antonín Dvořák and Josef Suk. Dvořák’s Violin Concerto is a demanding work which the composer reworked probably more than any other composition. Josef Suk, Dvořák’s pupil and later his son-in-law, was a remarkable violinist. His Fantasy of 1902 is a neglected gem in the violin repertoire. © 2016 WFMT (Chicago)



Brian Wilson
MusicWeb International, March 2016

It may appear that at 9:48 the new recording rushes the slow movement of the concerto…but in practice there is no sense of undue haste in this beautiful performance. © 2016 MusicWeb International Read complete review




Kate Molleson
The Guardian, March 2016

[Tetzlaff’s] performance of Dvořák’s Concerto in A minor is glorious and questioning: full-throttle in the chunky octaves and with a heavy bounce to the finale. But the real brilliance is in the vulnerability and tenderness he reveals in quiet melodies. © 2016 The Guardian Read complete review



David Mellor
Classic FM, March 2016

Christian Tetzlaff makes a fine fist of Dvořák’s underrated Violin Concerto, …The accompaniment from John Storgårds and the Helsinki Philharmonic is entirely idiomatic. This well filled 66-minute album is worth acquiring or downloading for those who want to move a little bit off the beaten track, but don’t want anything to frighten the horses. © 2016 Classic FM Read complete review




Rob Cowan
Gramophone, March 2016

…Tetzlaff draws on an exceptionally wide range of colours and nuances, from fragility to full-on passion, …He’s very much his own man, personal and personable, playing a varied roster of dynamics and flexibly backed by the orchestra. You sense that every bar has been carefully thought through and yet there’s never as much as a suggestion of calculation. © 2016 Gramophone Read complete review on Gramophone





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