Viktoria Mullova -《贝多芬 / 孟德尔颂：小提琴协奏曲》(Beethoven / Mendelssohn: Violin Concerto)[Blu-ray 24bit/96KHz 2.0][FLAC]
Featuring John Eliot Gardiner and his Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique - and Presented in DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1 at a 24/96 kHz bit and sample rate, the sound on this disc is awe-inspiring. The 7.1 palette gives a recording engineer the opportunity to map acoustically the orchestra and hall with incredible detail, and this recording does just that. With soloist Viktoria Millova's violin dominating the center channel and the orchestra spread in a wide arc in the frontal soundstage, the sound stage is huge, laterally wide, with full height and deep depth. The balance between the soloist and the orchestra is spot on. Strings have a sweet airy high end delivered without harshness and fatigue. The lower strings have a woody full-bodied character that just blooms in the room without sounding bloated and loose. Woodwinds are expertly captured, and reveal a literal potpourri of tonal color and textures. The LFE is powerful, showcasing the tympani's powerful fundamentals. The surround channels are heavily used, rendering the halls open and highly reverberant quality with impeccable palpability. No audiophile would be disappointed with the sound quality of this release; the audio quality is first rate.
Viktoria Mullova (Violin)
John Eliot Gardiner (Conductor)
Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique
Once again award winning Alexander Jero and Surround Records has brought us a fine performance of two oft used violin concertos by Beethoven and Mendelssohn. This was Beethoven's only violin concerto, and was finished in 1806 and premiered on December 23, 1806. He wrote the work for friend and leading violinist of the day Franz Clement. It is one of the most popular violin concertos ever written, and its composition brought it closer to the symphonic genre - which gave the work a wider appeal for both musicians and listeners alike. It was believed that Beethoven finished the solo work so late, Clement had to sight read the piece during its opening performance. The premiere did not go so well, so Beethoven retooled the piece in a revised version of solo piano and orchestra which was later published as Opus 61a. For many years, it was not recognized for the beautiful work that it is, and was not played by violinist of the time. It took composer Felix Mendelssohn to re-introduce this work to the public in the mid 1800's, at it has been played by many violinists over the years. Felix Mendelssohn's concerto in E minor for violin and orchestra Opus 64 was completed in 1844, and had its first performance in March 13, 1845. The concertos premiere was a great success, and was played again the following year with great fanfare and accolades from listeners and musicians alike. Like Beethoven, Mendelssohn had a unique gift of melody. In listening to the opening phrases, I can see why he could not get this theme out of his head. I have heard this piece played several times, and the opening theme is something I can recognize with just a few notes played. Mendelssohn's concerto has influenced many a musician and composer of the years, and is widely regarded as the most "plagiarized" work of all time. This concerto has developed a reputation as an essential work to master by aspiring violinist, and usually is the first Romantic era pieces they learn. It is also the most widely played work for concerts and music competitions. Both musical pieces are broken into three movements. Each is scored for an orchestra of between 20-25 members depending on the size of the string section.
Beethoven Violin Concerto in D major Op. 61
01. Allegro ma non troppo
F. Mendelssohn - Violin Concerto in E minor, Op.64
04. Allegro molto appassionato
06. Allegretto non troppo - Allegro molto vivace