Sunday, August 26, 2012

Dvorak: Piano Concerto & Violin Concerto

"The clarity of his [Hayroudinoff’s] articulation in the trickiest passagework is phenomenal, and his phrasing in the central Andante sostenuto is limpidly beautiful, even warmer than that of Richter. Helped by full, rich sound which yet allows fine detail, Noseda and the BBC Philharmonic match the subtlety and point of the soloist’s playing, establishing this as an outstanding modern version…The Canadian violinist James Ehnes gives a strong, incisive performance with speeds on the fast side in the first two movements and with the furiant finale bitingly fresh." --Gramophone Magazine

James Ehnes is an excellent soloist in the magnificent Violin Concerto on this Chandos release. His phrasing has a most natural elasticity and he has a sure sense of the dramatic that seems to filter through to the orchestra, who impart a layer of intensity to the to the pastoral-Czech slow movement.
--The Strad

Dvorák was by no means an expert pianist, as is reflected in page after page of awkward, unidiomatic writing, yet Hayroudinoff somehow clarifies and illuminates even the most densely-textured terrain, making it glisten and radiate emotional warmth. Even Richter’s celebrated EMI recording must cede to this outstanding newcomer. Joseph Ehnes’s golden-toned, impassioned brilliance proves every bit as effective in the Violin Concerto… The BBC Philharmonic and Gianandrea Noseda join in all the fun with infectious skill and alacrity, and there’s an exemplary booklet note from Calum MacDonald. --Classic FM Magazine

…Hayroudinoff is excellent: he has an invigorating manner, and a clear enjoyment of the work and a belief in it which are very convincing. --International Record Review

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