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Faust, Isabelle (violin) 伊莎贝拉．佛斯特 (小提琴) Melnikov, Alexander (piano) 亚历山大．梅尼可夫 (钢琴) Belohlávek, Jirí (conductor) 贝洛拉维克 (指挥)
音乐厂牌： Harmonia Mundi
Release Date September 3, 2007
AllMusic Review by James Leonard
In this 2006 Beethoven program, Isabelle Faust's tone is subtle and strong, her intonation true, her technique flawless, and her interpretations so sweetly lyrical that the young German violinist sounds like the true heir of the late Belgian violinist Arthur Grumiaux. Partnered with conductor Jirí Belohlávek and the Prague Philharmonia in the concerto and with pianist Alexander Melnikov in the sonata, Faust creates a concerto that is Grecian in its poetic purity and Roman in its pastoral loveliness and a sonata that is Dionysic in its ecstatic outer Prestos and Apollonian in its central Andante. Captured in rich but clear sound by artistic director Martin Sauer in the warm acoustics of the Rudolfinum in Prague, these recordings deserve as wide an audience as possible. It should also be noted that Faust plays none of the usual cadenzas in the concerto, but rather, newly written cadenzas by Russian composer Katia Tchemberdji that are slyly entertaining and surprisingly lovely.
Audio CD (September 11, 2007)
SPARS Code: DDD
Number of Discs: 1
Label: Harmonia Mundi Fr.
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
Beethoven: Violin Concerto; Sonata/Faust
Review by: David Hurwitz
Artistic Quality: 9
Sound Quality: 9
Isabelle Faust plays this concerto with plenty of personality. While her initial entrance sounds just a touch affected, from there on her resinous tone and fearless passagework produce a reading of uncommon energy, without ever compromising Beethoven’s basically lyrical inspiration. You’ll be particularly taken with her cadenzas. In the first movement she includes solo timpani as did Beethoven himself in his transcription of the work for piano and orchestra, while Faust’s transition between the Adagio and the Finale has to be one of the most compelling and effective on disc. Tempos throughout are ideal.
The Prague Philharmonia under Jirí Belohlávek accompanies beautifully–not just where we might expect (the woodwinds), but in the detailed rhythmic underpinning that permits Faust to really float Beethoven’s melodies. Consider, for example, the unobtrusive clarity of the triplet rhythm beneath the first movement’s second subject, or the measured tremolos propelling the canonic cadence theme that closes the exposition. It’s really a pleasure to hear such a close collaboration between soloist and conductor, and it works like a charm. Only Faust’s occasional tendency, previously mentioned, to underline a phrase too heavily prevents this rendition from attainting virtual perfection.
I have no such reservations concerning the Kreutzer Sonata. This performance smokes. Faust and Melnikov blast their way through the first movement with seat-of-the-pants excitement. The long, central variation movement sounds about half its usual length in a reading of high contrasts and unflagging spirit, while the finale will leave you breathless, precisely because the phrasing and articulation are not. Given the obviously different challenges presented to the engineers, the sonics in both works are extremely clear, well-balanced, and natural. This is a lovely disc that will make a memorable impression, even if you already own 40 or 50 versions of each work. [9/27/2007]
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1. Violin concerto in D Major, Op. 61: I. Allegro ma non troppo 21:32
2. Violin concerto in D Major, Op. 61: II. Larghetto 8:57
3. Violin concerto in D Major, Op. 61: III. Rondo (Allegro) 8:46
4. I. Adagio sostenuto - Presto 13:20
5. II. Andante con variazioni 13:41
6. III. Finale - Presto 8:15