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BRAHMS, J.: Violin Concerto, Op. 77 / Symphony No. 2 (Edition Ferenc Fricsay, Vol. 10) (De Vito, RIAS Symphony Orchestra, Fricsay) (1951, 1953)

BRAHMS, J.: Violin Concerto, Op. 77 / Symphony No. 2 (Edition Ferenc Fricsay, Vol. 10) (De Vito, RIAS Symphony Orchestra, Fricsay) (1951, 1953)

The Classical Shop
release date: November 2013

Originally recorded in 2009

Artists:

Uppsala Chamber Orchestra

Orchestra

Ferenc Fricsay

Conductor

Gioconda De Vito

Soloist

Venue:

Jesu-Christus-Kirche

Venue

Record Label
Audite

Genre:

Orchestral & Concertos


Classical

Total Time - 80:06
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BRAHMS, J.: Violin Concerto, Op. 77 / Symphony No. 2 (Edition Ferenc Fricsay, Vol. 10) (De Vito, RIAS Symphony Orchestra, Fricsay) (1951, 1953)

     
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JOHANNES BRAHMS

     
 

Violin Concerto in D Major, Op. 77

 
1 I. Allegro non troppo 23:15
2 II. Adagio 10:23
3 III. Allegro giocoso, ma non troppo vivace 08:41
     
 

Symphony No. 2 in D Major, Op. 73

 
4 I. Allegro non troppo 14:34
5 II. Adagio non troppo 09:07
6 III. Allegretto grazioso (quasi andantino) - Presto ma non assai 05:25
7 IV. Allegro con spirito 08:41
     
 Gioconda De Vito Soloist
 Ferenc Fricsay Conductor


Recording date: 1951 / 1953

Her performance of the Brahms Violin Concerto in the early 1950s, under Ferenc Fricsay, was pervaded by a delicate lyricism and a romantic sorcery rarely encountered elsewhere.”  -  Joachim Hartnack about Gioconda De Vito 

Gioconda De Vito, one of the great violinists of her time, was considered a Brahms specialist. The only evidence to date of her work with Ferenc Fricsay and the RIAS Orchestra is the above mentioned quote. Precisely this collaboration was captured in a superb monaural recording by the RIAS broadcasting company in Berlin – a stroke of luck, for De Vito had an aversion to the recording studio. Gioconda De Vito, Ferenc Fricsay and the RIAS-Symphonie-Orchester produce an exemplary realization of the concept of the “symphonic concerto”. A great deal of the cogency of this realization is owed to the precise dovetailing of soloist and orchestra, even in those passages in which De Vito grants herself a liberal use of rubato. With wonted translucence, Fricsay allows the solo instrumentalists in his orchestra to share the limelight with the violinist.

The recording reveals all of Gioconda De Vito’s strengths. She unfolds a large, singing tone, at once brilliantly radiant and warm. This accurate, crisply recorded performance by the RIAS-Symphonie-Orchester under Fricsay also brings out the very deliberate rhythmic organization with which she shaped her cantilenas. 

Under Fricsay, the RIAS-Symphonie-Orchester also succeeds in turning their recording of Brahms’s Second Symphony into a touchstone of Brahmsian “orchestral chamber music.”

"...Whatever place Gioconda de Vito occupies in the history of violin playing, hers was a unique voice, and I can’t imagine it being heard in better form or captured in better sound than it is here. Fricsay was also one of the 20th century’s great podium masters, and it should be incumbent on every serious collector to hear him at the top of his game. Audite is to be commended for the superb job they’ve done in remastering and transferring this material. This release gets my strongest recommendation."

 

Jerry Dubins - Fanfare - November/December 2009


"...This is a fabulous collection."

Rob Cowan - Gramophone magazine - February 2010




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