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CONUS, J.: Violin Concerto / WEINBERG, M.: Violin Concertino / ARENSKY, A.S.: Violin Concerto (Russian Violin Concertos) (Ostrovsky, T. Sanderling)

The Classical Shop
release date: November 2011

Recorded in 24 Bit / 96Khz
album available as a Studio Master


Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra

Sanderling, Thomas

Thomas Sanderling



The Lighthouse, Poole, Dorset, UK

Record Label


Orchestral & Concertos


Total Time - 64:47
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CONUS, J.: Violin Concerto / WEINBERG, M.: Violin Concertino / ARENSKY, A.S.: Violin Concerto (Russian Violin Concertos) (Ostrovsky, T. Sanderling)

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Violin Concerto in E minor




Violin Concertino, Op. 42

2 I. Allegretto cantabile - 7:08
3 II. Cadenza. Lento - Adagio - 6:49
4 III. Allegro moderato poco rubato 5:11



Violin Concerto in A minor, Op. 54

 Thomas Sanderling Soloist
 Sanderling, Thomas

Guided by Tchaikovsky’s influence, Anton Arensky’s neglected Violin Concerto is notable for its rich vein of melody and delicacy of orchestration. Julius Conus was a notable student of Arensky, and his virtuoso Violin Concerto, romantic in its variety of moods and expression, was once equal in popularity with that of Tchaikovsky. Mieczyslaw Weinberg, whose powerful Violin Concerto is available on NA 7194, was highly regarded by Shostakovich. The recently revived Violin Concertino, which predates the Violin Concerto by over a decade, is an arrestingly scored and often bittersweet work which here receives its world première recording. Multi-award-winning violinist Sergey Ostrovsky has been praised for his ‘marvellous tone’. The Strad

"[Sergei Ostrovsky’s] beyond technique, highly expressive, and utterly musical, with a warm tone.The superb engineering is balanced, warm, and embracing ... Here’s the perfect chocolate bath for the traditionalist still open to something new and for anyone with a romantic bias."

Gil French - American Record Guide - March 2012

            Artistic Quality 8        Sound Quality 8
"The big discovery here is Mieczyslaw Weinberg’s Concertino of 1948. It sounds for all the world like a Russian take on Barber’s concerto: highly lyrical, with a touch of restrained melancholy and a bittersweet harmonic palette that’s very memorable. It also receives the finest performance on disc, though Sergey Ostrovsky (concertmaster of the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande) is never less than musicianly in all three works. He sports a somewhat slender but attractive tone, and his intonation is spot-on. This serves the gently reticent Weinberg work perfectly."

David Hurwitz - - January 2012

Robert Reilly’s Favorite of the Year
" absolute charmer and displays Weinberg’s ability to create insinuating or, perhaps I should say, ingratiating melodies…the bittersweet Concertino is worth the price of the disc."

Robert Reilly - Catholic News Agency - January 2012

"...the prodigious talents of Sergey Ostrovsky (with the brilliant Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Thomas Sanderling) are the unifying factor on this excellent CD. Ostrovsky’s violin positively sings, and he has no problems with technique… The orchestra matches the violinist’s level of intensity and energy, always giving its all, no holds barred. His cadenza, though played into the string, is not too weighty; Ostrovsky bows with a liquid, lyrical sound. He truly has something to say as an artist, his musical statements are indeed decisive."

V Vasan - - December 2011

"...This attractive release brings together three violin concertos by lesser-known Russian-based composers. They’re in sparkling interpretations by yet another gifted Russian violinist and a fine conductor following in his late father Kurt’s illustrious footsteps."

Byzantion - - December 2011

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