Russian Violin Concertos
Julia Fischer (violin)
Russian National Orchestra, Yakov Kreizberg
Fischer’s CD debut (she was only 20 at the time) with the Russian National Orchestra offers a dazzling combination of seamless technique, golden tone and soaring cantabile in demonstration sound. 5/5 BBC Music Magazine
This remarkable album marks the recording debut of German violinist Julia Fischer as well as the beginning of her extraordinary partnership with Russian-born conductor Yakov Kreizberg.
Result in numerous PENTATONE releases before the conductor’s untimely death in 2011.
Together they tackle three Russian violin concertos which have been tragically overlooked, shedding new light on these masterpieces.
The best-known work on the album is Serge Prokofiev’s Violin Concerto No. 1, a tour de force which features Prokofiev’s satirical tendencies and lyrical talents in equal parts. Rounding out the selection is Alexander Glazunov’s Violin Concerto in A minor, a triumph of Russian Romanticism which Fischer clearly relishes in this performance, declaring that the work was “absolutely delightful and rewarding for the instrument.”
A truly stunning debut album. The violin concertos of Khachaturian, Prokofiev and Glazunov are preserved in timeless beauty.
Glazunov, Alexander Konstantinovich (1865-1936)
Khachaturian, Aram Ilich (1903-78)
Prokofiev, Sergei Sergeievitch (1891-1953)
Glazunov: Violin Concerto in A minor, Op. 82
Khachaturian: Violin Concerto in D minor
Prokofiev: Violin Concerto No. 1 in D major, Op. 19