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  Tchaikovsky, Glazunov: Violin Concertos - Gluzman, Litton
  Alexander Glazunov: Violin Concerto in A minor Op. 82, Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky: Souvenir d'un lieu cher, Op. 42 (arr. Glazunov), Violin Concerto in D major Op. 35

Vadim Gluzman (violin)
Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra
Andrew Litton (conductor)
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  Classical - Orchestral
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Review by krisjan February 17, 2010 (7 of 8 found this review helpful)
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Review by jeff3948 June 20, 2012 (5 of 8 found this review helpful)
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Vive la Vadim, Lauda Litton, Bravissimo Bergen, and Bravo BIS

Wow, what a performance! Vadim, Litton and the Bergen give us the most exciting final movement of the Tchaikovsky IĎve ever heard. Vadimís emotional bravura and romantic spirit is in full bloom and Littonís strong and passionate interpretation with his Bergen Philharmonic succeeds in giving us the most exciting Tchaikovsky performance in a very long time. Vadimís gives us some phasing I have never heard before, all I can say is that it works and put many smiles on my face as I heard each new twist, saying to myself, wow, I never heard it done like that before, but I like it! The Glazunov and Tchaikovsky Souvenir d'un lieu cher (Memory of a dear place) are sumptuous and well done as well. Vadim violin tone in this recording is the most beautiful I've ever heard on a recording. He creates a tone that sounds almost like the voice of a soprano at various points.

BIS engineer, Andreas Ruge gives us a very warm recording; I would imagine that is partly due to the Grieg Hall in Bergen Norway which is captured very well, creating that highly sought after you-are-there experience. He captures Vadim's tone extremely well and the medium frequency reverberation is well reproduced. His position tends to shift from just right of center to just left of center, probably because Vadim is twisting his body which changes the direction of the sound projection which is exactly what I notice in the concert hall. The reverberation is slightly shorter compared to other halls (just over 1.5 seconds) but it is still very attractive, aided by the rear speakers. One tiny little problem that seems to be in many recordings these days is that the winds sound too far from left to right. The flutes are too far left and the bassoon to far right. If the recording has an audience perspective, I prefer the winds to be centered more like they would be in a concert, but that is a very small quirk that really does not hinder the experience. The sound of the orchestra feels like a warm blanket, but still captures all the details with shimmering strings, woody winds, bronzy brass and powerful percussion (ok, Jeff, that is enough with the word play! We get it, you loved it and it inspired you to create those silly adjective/noun combinations that start with the same letter . . . ok, ok Iíll stop)

A must have, even if you have ten other recordings of the Tchaikovsky already, like I do: FYI - My other recordings are Perlman/Leinsdorf, Repin, Stern, Fischer, Bell/Tilson Thomas, Milstein/Abbado, Wha Chung. Mutter/Previn, Mutter/Karajan, and Heifetz.

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Works: 3  

Alexander Glazunov - Violin Concerto in A minor, Op. 82
Peter Tchaikovsky - Souvenir díun lieu cher, TH 116 Op. 42
Peter Tchaikovsky - Violin Concerto in D major, TH 59 Op. 35