Tasmin Little / Edward Gardner / BBC Symphony Orchestra

Szymanowski, Karlowicz: Violin Concertos

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AllMusic Review by James Manheim

None of these three Polish violin concertos are terribly common on concert programs. They are fearsomely virtuosic, and British violinist Tasmin Little meets the challenges in every way that could be desired. Sample the finale of the five-movement Violin Concerto No. 1, Op. 35, of Karol Szymanowski, with the long, double-stop-strewn, cadenza-like passage in the middle answered by orchestral tumult. It's an exciting work throughout, and the Violin Concerto No. 2, Op. 61, of 1933, is even better, with strong folkloric elements pared down to compact statements in a fascinating way that suggests Szymanowski had been listening to Bartók and trying to reconcile his discoveries with his own language. The final concerto by Miezyslaw Karlowicz is a bravura work in the Tchaikovskian vein, especially at the very beginning where Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto No. 1 in B flat minor, Op. 23 is the clear model.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
Concerto No. 1, Op. 35 for Violin and Orchestra
1 Edward Gardner / Tasmin Little / BBC Symphony Orchestra 05:25 Amazon
2 Edward Gardner / Tasmin Little / BBC Symphony Orchestra 06:28 Amazon
3 Edward Gardner / Tasmin Little / BBC Symphony Orchestra 04:19 Amazon
4 Edward Gardner / Tasmin Little / BBC Symphony Orchestra 03:28 Amazon
5 Edward Gardner / Tasmin Little / BBC Symphony Orchestra 05:46 Amazon
Concerto No. 2, Op. 61 in A minor for Violin and Orchestra
6 Edward Gardner / Tasmin Little / BBC Symphony Orchestra 11:28 Amazon
7 Edward Gardner / Tasmin Little / BBC Symphony Orchestra 03:53 Amazon
8 Edward Gardner / Tasmin Little / BBC Symphony Orchestra 02:14 Amazon
9 Edward Gardner / Tasmin Little / BBC Symphony Orchestra 02:52 Amazon
Concerto, Op. 8 in A major for Violin and Orchestra
10 Edward Gardner / Tasmin Little / BBC Symphony Orchestra 12:39 Amazon
11 Edward Gardner / Tasmin Little / BBC Symphony Orchestra 07:36 Amazon
12 Edward Gardner / Tasmin Little / BBC Symphony Orchestra 06:59 Amazon
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