Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Halvorsen, Johan. (1864-1935) Nielsen, Carl. (1865-1931) Violin concertos.

From my collection.
Bought in February 2017.
First listen: 27-2-2017.
Second listen: 8-3-2017.
Label: Naxos.
Recording dates: August/September 2016.
Recording venue: Malmö Concert Hall. Sweden.
Recording engineer: Tim Handley.
Running time: 62:00.
Classical relevance to me: Recommended.

Works performed:
Halvorsen:
Violin Concerto, opus 28.
Romance.

Nielsen:
Violin concerto, opus 33.

Performed by:
Henning Kraggerud, violin.
Malmö SO, Bjarte Engeset.

Technically this is a very good performance. Kraggerud gets out what is possible, which is a lot, and there is no way to fault him. The orchestra follows faithfully and adequately, with quite some energy behind to back this violinist in the best possible way.  Every movements holds so much introspection and has a deep meaningful purpose and all the beautiful filigree details Kraggerud brings gorgeously out of the score. It takes a bit of effort and close attention to find the center point of this violin concerto, but once you caught on the vibes, it works like a perpetuum mobile. It's a fine work in every respect.
And the Nielsen violin concerto, well known, gets the same concentrated treatment. Kraggerud brings out the rough and gentle side of this concerto with an abundance of details and concentrated attention to secondary melody lines. It was breathless listening for me.
Svendsen piece is as sweet as a slice of wedding cake, gentle and romantic, it has some gorgeous writing for strings, and a almost pastoral sense to it.
The recording is detailed, has a lot of depth. Especially the Violin is marvelously recorded, so finely integrated into the frame of the orchestra. At some places the timpani gets a bit of a boomy character, but it's not something to worry about. All in all this CD is worth acquiring.



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