“Pentatone’s new SACD of Tchaikovsky featuring their super-star violinist Julia Fischer is a knock-out. She plays impeccably with remarkable sensitivity and abundant virtuosity, abetted by the fine orchestra conducted by Kreizberg…..Highly recommended”.
“I originally lauded PentaTone for re-releasing the 1970s quad recordings from the Philips catalog, but I now must recognize that the label’s new recordings demand just as much respect and investigation. This is as fine a recording of the Tchaikovsky Concerto as can be had, and surely the best in the SACD format”.
“…and her subtle give and take makes even the Concerto sound nearly like chamber music. As both conductor and pianist, Yakov kreizberg is – as he has been on Fischer’s previous concerto recordings – a first –rate collaborator, and PentaTone’s engineers, as usual, offer an exceptional sense of depth. All in all, a magnificent release”.
Peter J. Rabinowitz
International Record Review
“Fischer again demonstrates what a great and distinctive artist she is”
Recording of the Month
“The talent of Julia Fischer is so awesome, her reading of this ‘old warhorse’ so fresh, so full of fire and vitality and wistful tenderness, and articulation, a model of clarity, that I unhesitatingly place it up with the finest interpretations including those by Heifetz, Milstein, Stern, Chung, Vengerov and Repin to name but a few. Kreizberg’s support excites and beguiles…… Imaginative, intelligent programming further lifts this album”.
“There are any number of reasons to like this CD. Foremost among them, of course, is the impeccable beauty and accuracy of the young (b. 1983) Julia Fischer’s playing…. Second, along with this posture, I must note here that Fischer plays the solo part as it is written in the score. This ought not be newsworthy, but in fact the major violinists of Oistrakh’s generation (Kogan, Milstein, Stern, et al.) universally played a version that is not only badly cut (much of the development in the first movement is eliminated, as well as no fewer than six short, mostly repetitive passages in the Finale), but also features too many revisions of the solo part to list here—octave transfers, changes in figuration, elimination of multiple-stops, etc….. Another reason to like this disc is PentaTone’s sonics….. Last, this is, according to my research, the only available disc containing all of Tchaikovsky’s solo violin music in their original versions; at least two recent issues (Yuri Mazurkevich on Cambria and Valdis Zarins on Campion) give the Souvenir d’un lieu cher in Glazounov’s orchestrations rather than the violin-piano version…. Highly recommended, especially to those with multichannel capability”.
Richard A. Kaplan
"Julia Fischer brings fearsome concentration to a concerto that is so often an excuse for self-indulgence. She also brings absolute control of colour and tone. Fischer realises that you don’t have to wallow in romanticism for the piece to work its magic. Kreizberg and the fabulous Russian National Orchestra provide superb support."
“Today’s violin soloists are so well trained that we tend to forget the difference between great technique and great timbre. Fischer has both…..So if you’re looking for a splendid new Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto that offers superior artistic values and excellent SACD surround sonics, this is definitely the one to get”.
Artistic Quality 10 Sound Quality 10
The Independent On Sunday
Repertoire***** Sound***** Einfach souverän
Fono Forum (Germany)
"The miniatures also included on this album are rarely heard although they were written before (with the exception of the "Op. 42 Souvenir") the concerto and allow listeners to listen in on Tchaikovsky’s experimentation and exploration of the instrument before he began writing the concerto. Talented, young violinist Julia Fischer plays these pieces superbly on this recording"
Classic FM Magazine
"REFRESHING: The Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto suffers no shortage of recordings. But this new one from German violinist Julia Fischer, still in her early 20s, is an ear-opener. There’s a refreshing forthrightness to her playing, a welcome unwillingness to sentimentalize music quite able to speak for itself. And her virtuosity in the finale sounds utterly effortless.
FINE PARTNERSHIPS: She meets her match in Jakov Kreizberg and the Russian National Orchestra, who admirably balance unforced tautness and expressivity. Mr. Kreizberg also proves quite a fluent pianist in the three-movement Souvenir d’un lieu cher (Memory of a Dear Place ). This and the two shorter pieces for violin and orchestra make fine fillers.
BOTTOM LINE: Radiant performances captured in state-of-the-art SACD sonics."
The Dallas Morning News
"Violinist Julia Fischer is said to dramatically increase her fan base with every Philadelphia Orchestra appearance, and these two discs are likely only to confirm those positive impressions. Her hallmarks are a clean, glistening sound and technique that allows all the flexibility she needs to inhabit the music’s wide-ranging emotional states. In fact, her Tchaikovsky is notable for its feats of subtlety, which may not be what some listeners want from this concerto, but they certainly deliver a more intimate experience."
David Patrick Stearns
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