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Discussion: Delius, Britten: Violin Concertos - Graffin, Lloyd-Jones, Collon

Posts: 4

Post by hiredfox September 6, 2015 (1 of 4)
Britten's Violin Concerto is for me a secret passion (less secret now!), there aren't too many recordings around let alone decent recordings on any form of media be it vinyl, CD or SACD. Following the recent Britten anniversary his music has enjoyed somewhat of a renaissance and jagged edged modernist pieces like Four Sea Interludes and the Violin Concerto have become almost fashionable and found considerable space in concert programmes and on disc.

For me two recordings have been stand-outs;

James Ehnes with the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra under Kirill Karabits on Onyx 4113 [0880040411321] which in my opinion is an outstanding performance by any measure but alas only on a CD,

Linus Roth with the Deutsches Symphonie Orchester, Berlin under Mihkel Kutson on Challenge Classics CC72627 almost matches Ehnes in emotional expression and tension. Indeed, so closely matched are these versions of the Violin Concerto that it really will come down to a matter of taste and for most on here that will be swayed by the latter being a hybrid SACD.

Measured against these illustrious performances, sadly, Phillipe Graffin's interpretation is disappointing in the extreme for me, lacking in gravitas, incisiveness and articulation.

Post by Adrian Cue September 6, 2015 (2 of 4)
hiredfox said:

Britten's Violin Concerto is for me a secret passion (less secret now!), there aren't too many recordings around let alone decent recordings on any form

There are other worthwile recordings like James Ehnes, all on RBCD: Frank Peter Zimmermann Sony) and Janine Jansen (Decca). Linus Roth tops my list.

Post by wehecht September 6, 2015 (3 of 4)
hiredfox said:

For me two recordings have been stand-outs;

James Ehnes with the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra under Kirill Karabits

Linus Roth with the Deutsches Symphonie Orchester, Berlin under Mihkel Kutson on Challenge Classics CC72627 almost matches Ehnes in emotional expression and tension. Indeed, so closely matched are these versions of the Violin Concerto that it really will come down to a matter of taste and for most on here that will be swayed by the latter being a hybrid SACD.

Not just a matter of sacd sonics, though Challenge provides it's usual excellent multichannel take, but also the coupling matters. Ehnes' Shostakovich is excellent, but so are many others. Roth's Weinberg strikes me as the best of the very small number of recordings ( though I admit to not having heard one of the two on Naxos). All in all Roth's recording is a highly desirable proposition.

Post by krisjan September 6, 2015 (4 of 4)
I have a great fondness for the Lubotsky/Britten recording on London/Decca. Coupling is the Britten piano concerto with Richter. Excellent analog-original sonics on that RBCD. The under-rated Mordkovitch on Chandos is also quite good IMO.

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