£16 post free World-wide

 


555 sonatas 9Cds mp3 files
Only £22


 


Benjamin: Written on Skin £16

Search
What's New
Previous CDs
Concerts
Jazz
Nostalgia
Composers
Resources
Announce
Labels index


Every day we post 10 new Classical CD and DVD reviews. A free weekly summary is available by e-mail. MusicWeb is not a subscription site. To keep it free please purchase discs through our links.

  Classical Editor Rob Barnett    



Some items
to consider


Shostakovich 14 Petrenko


Rachmaninov #3
Prokofiev #2

 


Dunedin Consort

Peter Grimes

Hymn of Jesus: Sea Drift

Complete Mozart Edition
Mozart complete edition

Vaughan Williams Symphonies 5 & 8 £11

Weiner, Klepper, Bloch, Schulhoff £12 post free


Available again

REVIEW
Plain text for smartphones
and printers



Gerard Hoffnung CDs

Advertising on
Musicweb


Donate and get a free CD

New Releases

Naxos Classical

Hyperion

Musicweb sells the following labels
Acte Préalable
Alto
Arcodiva
CDAccord
Centaur
Hallé
Hortus
Lyrita
Nimbus
Northern Flowers
Redcliffe
Sheva
Talent
Toccata Classics


Follow us on Twitter

Subscribe to our free weekly newsletter
 

Support us financially by purchasing this disc from:

Sergei PROKOFIEV (1891-1953)
Violin Concerto No. 2 in G minor, Op. 63 (1935) [27:02]
Sonata for Two Violins in C major, Op. 56 (1932) [16:29]
Violin Sonata No. 1 in F minor, Op. 80 (1938/46) [29:26]
Janine Jansen (violin)
London Philharmonic Orchestra/Vladimir Jurowski
Boris Brovtsyn (violin), Itamar Golan (piano)
rec. Henry Wood Hall, London, 21-23 June 2012 (concerto); Teldex Studio, Berlin, 11-14 June 2012 (sonatas)
DECCA 478 3546 [72:58]

Experience Classicsonline



 
From 1935 the Violin Concerto No. 2 tends to be overshadowed by its D major predecessor from 1916/17. Certainly a high quality score Prokofiev’s writing is highly melodic and more overtly romantic than in the earlier work. The opening Allegro moderato provides little in the way of virtuosic display although it contains much challenging writing for the soloist. Jansen playing her loaned 1727 ‘Barrere’ Stradivarius glides through the technical difficulties and makes her mark on the emotional content of the writing ensuring tension and restlessness. In the Andante assai Jansen’s extended cantilena is generally calm and introspective. With the soloist totally engaged, the Rondo, Finale feels upbeat and highly rhythmic. Jansen is a warm and persuasive soloist throughout complemented by responsive support from Jurowski and the LPO. For those looking for alternative accounts of the pair of Prokofiev Violin Concertos I have long admired the now ‘classic’ recording from soloist Kyung-Wha Chung and the LPO under André Previn. Recorded in 1975 at the Kingsway Hall, London, Chung plays passionately displaying a wonderful tone and control with Previn and the LPO highly sensitive partners on Decca 476 7226 (c/w Stravinsky Violin Concerto).A more recent recording of the pair of Prokofiev Violin Concertos is from soloist Arabella Steinbacher with the Russian National Orchestra (RNO) under Vasily Petrenko. From 2012 at the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory in this memorable interpretation Steinbacher’s engaging and stylish approach is enhanced by alert support on Pentatone Classics (SACD) PTC 5186 395 (c/w Sonata for Solo Violin, Op.115).
 
The four movement Sonata for Two Violins doesn’t appear too often on recital programmes although it’s an accessible work that doesn’t follow the acerbic style of many of Prokofiev’s works from this period. In the short opening Andante cantabile Jansen and Brovtsyn ensure a yearning quality and the virtuosic Allegro is vibrant and full of anxiety. Marked Commodo (quasi allegretto) the lyricism of the third movement is heavily sorrowful as if grieving for a loved one. The conversation between Jansen and Brovtsyn in the Allegro con brio,Finale is heated and animated conveying a dark, unwelcoming character. Of the alternative recordings I have enjoyed the admirably played 2009 Prague account from Veronika Jarůšková and Eva Karová of the Pavel Haas Quartet on Supraphon SU3957-2 (c/w String Quartet No. 1, Op. 50; String Quartet No. 2, Op. 92).
 
One of my favourite chamber works the Violin Sonata No. 1 was composed in 1938/46. This dark and intense four movement score proves a reasonably popular choice with chamber musicians. A bleak, dark character imbues the opening Andante assai and at 5:12 (track 8) the “wind in the graveyard” effect sends a shiver down the spine. Playing of such vibrancy in the Allegro brusco from Jansen and Golan imparts a rebellious and rather sinuous quality. In the Andante Jansen’s muted violin exudes a surface tenderness but reveals an undercurrent of foreboding. Vigorously upbeat the Finale just gushes with an almost incessant torrent. At point 5:20 (track 11) once again the chilling “wind in the graveyard” effect takes over.My first choice account in the F minor Sonata isfrom Shlomo Mintz and Yefim Bronfman, a true meeting of minds recorded in 1987 at Cologne on Deutsche Grammophon 423 575-2 (c/w Violin Sonata No. 2 in D major, Op. 94a). I also highly revere the expressive account from Gidon Kremer and Martha Argerich recorded in 1991 at Brussels on Deutsche Grammophon 431 803-2 (c/wViolin Sonata No. 2 in D major, Op. 94a; 5 Melodies for violin and piano, Op. 35bis). 

This fine Prokofiev release is gratifying played. Not including the Violin Concerto No. 1 has given this Decca release a distinct disadvantage over the competition. Recorded in 2012 at two venues the engineers have done a splendid job producing crystal clear and well balanced sound.
 
Michael Cookson  

Masterwork Index: Prokofiev Violin concerto 2

Support us financially by purchasing this disc from:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


EXPLORE MUSICWEB INTERNATIONAL

Making a Donation to MusicWeb

Writing CD reviews for MWI

About MWI
Who we are, where we have come from and how we do it.

Site Map

How to find a review

How to find articles on MusicWeb
Listed in date order

Review Indexes
   By Label
      Select a label and all reviews are listed in Catalogue order
   By Masterwork
            Links from composer names (eg Sibelius) are to resource pages with links to the review indexes for the individual works as well as other resources.

Themed Review pages

Jazz reviews

 

Discographies
   Composer
      Composer surveys
   National
      Unique to MusicWeb -
a comprehensive listing of all LP and CD recordings of given works
.
Prepared by Michael Herman

The Collector’s Guide to Gramophone Company Record Labels 1898 - 1925
Howard Friedman

Book Reviews

Complete Books
We have a number of out of print complete books on-line

Interviews
With Composers, Conductors, Singers, Instumentalists and others
Includes those on the Seen and Heard site

Nostalgia

Nostalgia CD reviews

Records Of The Year
Each reviewer is given the opportunity to select the best of the releases

Monthly Best Buys
Recordings of the Month and Bargains of the Month

Comment
Arthur Butterworth Writes

An occasional column

Phil Scowcroft's Garlands
British Light Music articles

Classical blogs
A listing of Classical Music Blogs external to MusicWeb International

Reviewers Logs
What they have been listening to for pleasure

Announcements

 

Community
Bulletin Board

Give your opinions or seek answers

Reviewers
Pat and present

Helpers invited!

Resources
How Did I Miss That?

Currently suspended but there are a lot there with sound clips


Composer Resources

British Composers

British Light Music Composers

Other composers

Film Music (Archive)
Film Music on the Web (Closed in December 2006)

Programme Notes
For concert organizers

External sites
British Music Society
The BBC Proms
Orchestra Sites
Recording Companies & Retailers
Online Music
Agents & Marketing
Publishers
Other links
Newsgroups
Web News sites etc

PotPourri
A pot-pourri of articles

MW Listening Room
MW Office

Advice to Windows Vista users  
Questionnaire    
Site History  
What they say about us
What we say about us!
Where to get help on the Internet
CD orders By Special Request
Graphics archive
Currency Converter
Dictionary
Magazines
Newsfeed  
Web Ring
Translation Service

Rules for potential reviewers :-)
Do Not Go Here!
April Fools






Untitled Document


Reviews from previous months
Join the mailing list and receive a hyperlinked weekly update on the discs reviewed. details
We welcome feedback on our reviews. Please use the Bulletin Board
Please paste in the first line of your comments the URL of the review to which you refer.