SIBELIUS & TCHAIKOVSKY/VIOLIN CONCERTO & SERENADE 180g LP
180 Gram Vinyl! Brilliant Performance!
"The violin had got me completely under its spell; for ten years it was my
greatest wish to become a great violin virtuoso …," confessed Finland’s
national composer Jean Sibelius in later years. Although he began a career as a
violin virtuoso too late, as a composer he profited enormously from his intimate
knowledge of the instrument and the possibilities it offered. This is
particularly apparent in his Violin Concerto with its wonderful synthesis of
virtuosic expression and technical bravura, its classical symphonic form, its
outward effects and inner substance.
This late-Romantic, brilliantly coloured work is certainly one of the most
rewarding for every soloist. A specialist in the field of 19th-century bravura
pieces and master of an effortless technique and suppleness, the great American
violinist Ruggiero Ricci certainly possessed all the requirements for a
brilliant performance of this concerto.
And Řivin Fjeldstad is the perfect partner for Ricci in more ways than one in
this wonderfully lively recording: thanks to his training as both a conductor
and a violinist, he ensures a perfect balance between soloist and orchestra; and
as a Norwegian he is, of course, completely au fait with Scandinavian
repertoire, and guarantees – both here and in other recordings with the London
Symphony Orchestra – a truly nordic touch.
The extrovert fancies of virtuosity are rare in any work by Sibelius, and this
concerto, opus 47, must be grouped with the symphonies according to its
characterisitic freedom of form. Hence one feels that it was his great affection
for the instrument that prompted this last work in which he bothered to contrive
effective display. From this time forward (1904) Sibelius consolidated his
reputation as a towering symphonist.
• 180 Gram Vinyl
Ruggiero Ricci, violin
Řivin Fjeldstad, conductor
London Symphony Orchestra
1. Sibelius (Violin Concerto in D minor)
2. Tchaikovsky (Serenade Melancolique)