JULIUS ROENTGEN (1855-1932): Violin Concertos No. 1 in A Minor and No. 3 in F Sharp Minor, Ballad for Violin and Orchestra.

Catalogue Number: 06M004

Label: CPO

Reference: 777 437

Format: CD

Price: $15.98

Description: Unlike the majority of Roentgen's symphonies, which are late and which are short, condensed pieces, these two concertos are in the big, late Romantic, Brahmsian style of his earlier orchestral works. The 1902 First is strides particularly largely across the late Romantic landscape with plenty of virtuosity for the soloist and plenty of big-boned, rugged orchestral accompaniment and punctuation; for a bit of "local color", a Dutch folk song is at the center of its finale. The Ballad is a 15-minute work from 1918, somewhat tentative and melancholic at both ends (echoes of the long war?) but vibrant and uptempo at its center. As late as many of his symphonies, No. 3 (1931) is only two-thirds as long as the First but is still in three discrete movements and still ably and winningly employs the gestures of late Romanticism very effectively. Liza Ferschtman (violin), Deutsche Staatsphilharmonie Rheinland-Pfalz; David Porcelijn.

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