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SCHUMANN, R.: Violin Concerto / Phantasie / MENDELSSOHN, Felix: Violin Concerto (Tetzlaff, Frantfurt Radio Symphony, P. Jarvi)

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release date: January 2012


Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra

Jarvi, Paavo

Christian Tetzlaff


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Orchestral & Concertos


Total Time - 68:39
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SCHUMANN, R.: Violin Concerto / Phantasie / MENDELSSOHN, Felix: Violin Concerto (Tetzlaff, Frantfurt Radio Symphony, P. Jarvi)

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Phantasie in C major, Op. 131




Violin Concerto in E minor, Op. 64

2 I. Allegro molto appassionato - 12:06
3 II. Andante - 7:56
4 III. Allegretto non troppo - Allegro molto vivace 6:14



Violin Concerto in D minor, WoO 23

5 I. In kraftigem, nicht zu schnellem Tempo 14:11
6 II. Langsam 5:41
7 III. Lebhaft doch nicht schnell 9:19
 Christian Tetzlaff Soloist
 Jarvi, Paavo

This album, his first release on Ondine, features German star violinist Christian Tetzlaff with virtuoso Romantic concertos by Felix Mendelssohn and Robert Schumann.

The Mendelssohn Concerto is one of the most frequently performed violin concertos of all time, with an unfailing popularity among audiences. One of Schumann’s last significant compositions, the long-lost Violin Concerto saw its première performance only in 1937, and was hailed by Yehudi Menuhin as the "historically missing link of the violin literature." Also included is Schumann’s more seldom recorded Fantasy for Violin and orchestra, which he completed shortly before writing the Concerto.

Christian Tetzlaff is accompanied on this recording by the Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra - whose Artist-in-Residence he became in 2008/09 - and their acclaimed music director Paavo Järvi.

"A particularly clear recording ... helps make this one of the most impressive accounts of the (Mendelssohn Concerto) available... In the Concerto ...Tetzlaff takes us right to the intimate heart of the slow movement, after which the pure, luminous D major sonorities of the finale make a particularly stirring effect.

Duncan Druce - Gramophone magazine February 2012

"It is typical of Christian Tetzlaff’s questing musical intelligence that he should choose to launch his new association with the label Ondine not with a conventional pairing of the Mendelssohn violin concerto with one of its usual recording partners ... but frames it instead with two of the most problematic works in the Romantic violin concerto repertory, and makes a total success of all of them. ...for the first time in my experience, Tetzlaff’s performances more than compensate for their shortcomings ... his way of presenting the Mendelssohn concerto as if it were a new discovery is exceptional, too."

Andrew Clements - The Guardian - 15 December 2011

"(In the Mendelssohn Concerto) Tetzlaff and Järvi are as one... This uncommonly interesting CD is well worth the attention of the genuine lover of echt-Romantic repertoire. The recording quality and balance throughout are first-class ... I enthusiastically recommend this disc."

Robert Matthew-Walker - International Record Review - January 2012

"Christian Tetzlaff is a supreme advocate of the (Schumann Violin Concerto’s) characteristic mixture of bravura and sensitive lyricism. The performance of the Mendelssohn concerto is a pure delight."

Geoffrey Norris - The Telegraph - 26 November 2011

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