One of the youngest violinists to ever be admitted to the famed Indiana School of Music, Canadian-born Corey Cerovsek performed through much of his lift under the label of a child prodigy. Recent recordings and concert appearances have proven him to be one of the few to emerge from prodigious beginnings to become a mature, viable adult performer. This 2008 Claves album finds Cerovsek returning to the very heart of the violin concerto repertoire with performances of Vieuxtemps' Fifth Concerto and Wieniawski's Second Concerto (a perennial, frequently recorded cornerstone). Cerovsek instantly proves his technical acumen in the opening movement of the Vieuxtemps, which features an extensive, demanding, almost exhausting cadenza in the first movement. None of these technical obstacles prove a hurdle for Cerovsek, who tosses them off with the utmost ease while maintaining a beautiful musical line, a powerful, focused tone, and an enduring sense calm amidst the pyrotechnic display. Equally at home in the slow middle movements as the dazzling outer movements, the second movements of both concertos highlight Cerovsek's gorgeous vibrato and complete control over dynamics. The orchestral accompaniment provided by the Lausanne Chamber Orchestra is nothing spectacular, especially compared to Cerovsek's playing, but in these two concertos the orchestra's role is rather minimal anyway.
AllMusic Review by Mike D. Brownell
|Violin Concerto No. 5 in A minor ("Grétry"), Op. 37|
|Violin Concerto No. 2 in D minor, Op. 22|