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ClassicsOnline Home » BRUCH: Violin Concerto No. 1 / Konzertstuck / Romance, Op. 42
Though Maxim Fedotov�s highly expressive account of Bruch�s First Violin Concerto would stand comparison with any in a catalogue bulging with high-profile performances, it is the disc�s unusual couplings that will prove the draw. The earlier of the two works is the Romance dating from 1874, which is contemporary in time and style with the first concerto. Its title is rather curious for a score of such vivacity � a score that is stylistically linked with his subsequent Scottish Fantasy.
The composer had already turned 70 when he embarked on his Fourth Violin Concerto in 1911, getting only as far as two linked movements before he decided to rename the work Konzertst�ck. It certainly has many ingredients for success, with an imposing orchestral introduction leading into a movement providing the soloist with ample scope for virtuosity, while the following Adagio has no shortage of sentimentality.
Fedotov plays all three works with that typical Russian intensity created by a wide and potent vibrato that brings warmth to a leisurely view of the central movement of the concerto. He does smooth out some of the dynamics, but thankfully resists the now-customary dash through the finale of that work, and the pages of double-stopping are played with impeccable intonation, He is placed well forward of the orchestra and seemingly in his own acoustic, while the Russian Philharmonic and Dmitry Yablonsky make the accompaniment as interesting and potent as the composer allows. As a complete disc it is much recommended.
By Michael Cookson
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