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Dvorak Violin Concerto

Dvorak Violin Concerto
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Richard Tognetti Violin
Christian Lindberg Conductor
Nordic Chamber Orchestra


Richard Tognetti says:
“From the first minute of hearing this concerto I was enamoured of it. This concerto is not as well known as it should be. But similar to the cello concerto it is full of motifs that take and give to the heart, melodious but interesting; structurally compelling but flowing seamlessly. I quote Janácek: ‘Dvořák does not continue a figure in one part to excess, you have hardly made its acquaintance when the second one is beckoning to you with a friendly gesture. You are in a state of continual, pleasurable excitement’. And Brahms [on Dvořák]: ‘The fellow has more ideas than all of us. Anybody else could cobble together main themes out of what he throws away.’ Christian Lindberg is one of the most rhythmically aware conductors on the planet. He also just happens to be the greatest trombonist who ever lived so he can certainly blow a melody. A dear friend and a genius. His relationship with BIS is like horses to a racetrack. Christian could bring musical life to reading a phone book.”

Background to the recording:
When Dvořák in 1879 began to compose his Violin Concerto, he followed the pattern set by Brahms by dedicating the work to the great violinist Joseph Joachim, and sending it to the dedicatee for advice. He may have regretted this afterwards, as Joachim in return let him have a set of suggestions which caused Dvořák to rewrite the work completely. He then had to wait two long years before receiving the verdict on the new version: in Joachim's opinion, the concerto was still not ready. In 1882, after going through the score once more with the violinist, Dvořák made further revisions, but when his publisher also asked for changes to be done, the composer refused. The crowning irony was that when the work was finally performed, the solo part wasn’t played by Joachim, after all. While waiting to finalize the concerto Dvořák did not remain idle, however. One of the works he composed in the meantime was Legends, a cycle of ten pieces for two pianos, which he shortly afterwards orchestrated. The result charmed the audiences as well other musicians, for instance Brahms, who wrote: ‘one envies the fresh, cheerful and rich resourcefulness of the man.’

BIS CD 1708

Track Listing

Track Title Time
1-3 DVORAK Violin Concerto 30:45
4-13 DVORAK Legends 38:41


Selected Audio


"Tognetti duly appears with resolve and flamboyance, really straining to hit those stratospheric notes, which he does with firm tone and a precise bow. As the Conc..."

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