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ROZSA: Violin Concerto / Sinfonia Concertante

Composer(s):Rozsa, Miklos
Artist(s)
Period(s) 20th Century
Genre Classical Music
Category Concertos
Catalogue 8.570350
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps
Album Price
 
MP3
USD 6.99
 

 


Born in Hungary and trained in Leipzig, Miklós Rózsa moved to America in 1940, winning a name for himself as a master of the Hollywood epic. During his summer breaks in Italy, however, Rózsa was able to devote himself to his concert works. Combining dazzling virtuosity with Hungariantinged lyricism, the Violin Concerto, written for Jascha Heifetz in just six weeks, is one of his finest works, later to be adapted for the Billy Wilder film The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes. The angular Sinfonia Concertante (a double concerto for violin and cello) was written originally alongside the score of Ben-Hur. It, too, is rich in reminders of the composer’s Hungarian origins.


   




Review By Susan Pierotti,Stringendo,September 2008

Romantic and dramatic, the violin concerto is a wonderful vehicle for Khitruk, who relishes the opportunities it gives her to demonstrate her robust power and expressive capabilities. …This piece has restless energy and drive with some thoughtful moments and sonorous harmonies. They are both attractive and exciting works that deserve to be better known.



Review By Robert R. Reilly,InsideCatholic.com,July 2008

Naxos also delivers the famous Violin Concerto by Miklos Roza (1907-1995), written for Jascha Heifetz, in a superb performance by violinist Anastasia Khitruk and the Russian Philharmonic Orchestra, under Dimitry Yablonsky (8.570350). The quality of these two releases demonstrates that Naxos bargain prices are no obstacle to the very finest quality.




Review By David Denton, Naxos,September 2007

This year marks the 100th anniversary of the birth in Hungary of Miklos Rozsa, a composer remembered for his many film scores rather than his modest output for the concert stage. A prodigy who was composing and performing as a violinist by the age of seven, he was subsequently educated in Budapest and Leipzig. It was a visit to London and a meeting with the film producer Alexander Korda that began his serious work in the film industry, the two leaving the UK at the outset of the Second World War to seek refuge in Hollywood. It was in the United States that he was to spend the remainder of a long life. Moving into education in 1945 with an appointment at the University of Southern California, he was also at the height of his creativity in the film industry including

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