TCHAIKOVSKY Violin Concerto / Yoo

PETER ILYICH TCHAIKOVSKY

Violin Concerto op. 35
Sérénade Mélancolique op.26
Esther Yoo
Philharmonia Orchestra
Vladimir Ashkenazy
Int. Release 05 May. 2017
1 CD / Download
0289 481 5032 8
Digital Release Date: 31. Mar. 2017


Track List

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (1840 - 1893)
Violin Concerto in D, Op.35, TH. 59

Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky (1840 - 1893)
Esther Yoo, Philharmonia Orchestra, Vladimir Ashkenazy

Total Playing Time 1:07:17

Stunningly Delicate Violin Playing . . . a lot of beautiful playing in the recording of Tchaikovsky's Violin concerto . . . [2nd movement]: a very soft and lyrical performance . . . [3rd movement]: a sparkling and delicate account . . . The rest of the program is made of small show pieces where Esther Yoo is warmly expressive and soulful or, like in the "Danse russe", vigorously virtuosic. In the slower compositions she fascinates with a great subtlety of phrasing. In the "Sérénade mélancolique" her playing is so stunningly delicate, rich in nuances that she is able to elevate the music to a truly overwhelming effect.

. . . [in the Concerto, Yoo is] well supported by the Philharmonia under Vladimir Ashkenazy . . . The two extracts from "Swan Lake" are a really good listen . . . [Yoo plays all the Tchaikovsky] pieces really well . . . a very talented violinist . . .

Ashkenazy is an inspiring conductor who often gets extraordinary results. His recordings of the symphonies of Rachmaninoff, Shostakovich, Prokofiev, Sibelius and many others are superlative . . . [Tchaikovsky's music] is in his blood and his soul and he accompanies with great authority . . . [Esther Yoo]: this new CD can only enhance her reputation. She plays with a distinctive sound that is ideally suited to this late romantic repertoire . . . she is able to make pyrotechnical passages not only exciting but meaningful.

Lecture ardente et sensible . . . un discours sobre, solidement structuré et techniquement dominé . . . On y remarque deux brillants solos détachés du "Lac des cygnes", dont la "Danse russe" et sa périlleuse introduction. Chef et soliste y démontrent aplomb et énergie . . . [on s'attardera] volontiers sur la "Sérénade mélancolique", qui trouve ici une touchante intériorité, et sur la "Valse-Scherzo" pour sa fantaisie bien venue.