Friday, November 4, 2016

Molique, Bernhard. (1802-1869) Violin Concertos.

New acquisition.
Bought in September 2016.
First listen: 3-11-2016.
Label: Accent.
Recording dates: March 2011.
Recording venue: Deutschlandfunk Kammermusiksaal Köln, Germany.
Recording engineer: Stephan Schmidt?
Running time: 65:11,
Classical relevance: If you like violin concertos from the period, essential!

Works performed:
Violin Concerto No. 3 in D minor, opus 10.
No 6, in E minor, opus 30.

Works performed by:

Anton Steck, Violin. (Giovanni Battista Guadagnini, Turin c.1780)

L'Arpa Festante, on period instrument.
Christoph Spering, Conductor.

A huge treat to hear all on period instruments, even though you would not say so on first hearing. It has all the power of a normal orchestra. A huge bonus is the violin Steck in using, it has an amazing sound. Sweet yet detailed in the upper register and a pleasant weight down the scale. His bowing technique is something to marvel about. So the participants are top notch.
The music is fitting in its timeframe. It borrows here and there some influences, but Molique keeps his own very much in expression and intent of the music. Do not expect fireworks, but softly spoken works that charm your socks off. They sound a tad too well behaved, but that does not diminish the pleasure in listening to these well written concertos. Languid in its expression, easy for the ear. There are no ego's,  just music, pure and straightforward. Great compositions to relax with, and never a boring moment. The sound is fantastic, filigree in every aspect, a clear and warm ambiance, that suits the music to a T. For those that like their Violin concertos, this is one not to be missed!




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