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KREUTZER, R.: Violin Concertos Nos. 17-19 (A. Strauss, San Francisco Conservatory Orchestra, Mogrelia)

Composer(s):Kreutzer, Rodolphe
Artist(s) Mogrelia, Andrew, Conductor • San Francisco Conservatory OrchestraStrauss, Axel, violin
Period(s) Classical (1750-1830)
Genre Classical Music
Category Concertos
Catalogue 8.570380
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps
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Rodolphe Kreutzer’s final three violin concertos are among his greatest achievements as a composer. While handling a Beethovenian orchestra with a craftsman’s sure touch, it is the purity and depth of tone, energetic fire and complete technical mastery required of the soloist that set these works among the most perfect examples of the French violin concerto. Axel Strauss, Professor of Violin at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and heard on concert stages worldwide, has been acclaimed ‘an excellent violinist who plays these with wit and verve’ (Limelight). Naxos plans to record all of Kreutzer’s violin concertos.


Delightful Music
Review By WH99400,January 2011

This recording consists of the final three violin concertos (Nos. 17, 18, and 19) written by Rodolphe Kreutzer. I was previously unfamiliar with these works, but am delighted to add this music to my library! Concerto No. 17 in G major has a spritely and joyful feel to it, partially owing to the music itself but principally owing to the sheer sense of glee that Axel Strauss (violin) and the San Francisco Conservatory Orchestra (under Andrew Mogrelia) give to the color and energy of the performance. The ideas develop in a somewhat Haydnesque way, and all three movements are just a treat for the ears.

Concerto No. 18 in E minor has a rather Beethovenian air to it from start to finish, beginning with a large serious sound, but giving way rather quickly to energetic and more....

New and Delightful
Review By MS112878,January 2011

A breath of fresh air! While I had heard of this composer, it wasn't because of his works but because of the Beethoven Violin Sonata No. 9 which was dedicated in his name. After hearing this album, I see why Beethoven thought so much of him. Mr. Axel Strauss executes with precision and finesse. If you are not familiar with Kreutzer's work, this album is a 'must' for your collection!

Review By James Manheim,,January 2011

The name of the French virtuoso-composer Rodolphe Kreutzer remains best known for the dedication of Beethoven’s Violin Sonata No. 9 in A minor, Op. 47, and for the grimly fundamentalist Leo Tolstoy novel named for that work. The CD booklet notes (in English and French) by Bruce R. Schuenemann for this Naxos release tell more about Kreutzer and include the entertaining sidelight that Kreutzer probably never performed Beethoven’s sonata, which was unsuitable to his style. Nevertheless, these concertos, the last three Kreutzer wrote (they date from 1806 or later), show the influence of Beethoven, and they’re quite attractive works. Virtuosity is matched to structure in the outer movements, with double-stopping and the like reserved for significant thematic

Review By Giv Cornfield, The New Recordings, Cliffs Classics,November 2010

A highly admired and successful violinist-composer during the late 18th and early 19th centuries, he actually wrote more operas than instrumental music, although he was prolific in both areas. The excellent and detailed notes by Bruce Schueneman inform us that due to a difference in playing style, it is doubtful that Kreutzer ever performed the Sonata that bears Beethoven’s dedication to him.

Axel Strauss is a superb master of the bow, and the S.F. Conservatory Orchestra led by Andrew Mogrella is as fine an ensemble as one could wish for. It’s good to know that Naxos plans to record all of Kreutzer’s concertos!


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