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Piano Trios Nos. 1 & 2

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One of the BestJulia Fischer is one of the finest violinists around, and this recording is one of the best of Tchiakovsky's popular Violin Concerto. Ms. Fischer plays with great fire, equally from emotion as well as from intellect, while most others are capable of only the former. To her, this music is worth doing as well as it can be, which means emphasizing the archetecture of the concerto and the relationship of the three other pieces on this disc to it. Ms Fischer plays the complete, uncut concerto with all the repeats in the first and third movements intact, which displays the formal balance of the work. Other violinists cut these repeats, which seems to say they merely want to barnstorm through the piece, placing emphasis on themselves. This is frankly what Heifetz and many others do, not taking the piece seriously as the interesting work it is. By the way, most of Ms Fischer's other recordings are of an equally high value, such as her recording of the Brahms "Double", also with Mr Kreitzberg and the Russian National Orchestra. For many years before I had heard this disc, however, this work was just a fashionable warhorse I never listened to anymore. I used to own the Heifetz/Reiner, but I got tired of it and of the music itself. Gradually, though, I wondered if there might be a better way to play the piece which presented it as music rather than emphasizing it as a collection of tawdry tunes you've heard a million times. The wind parts seemed important for their timbre, for example, but it seemed no one focused on them. No one, that is, until I heard this recording, the reviews of which seemed to describe a performance of exactly the sort I wanted. Think of Mravinsky's classic accounts of Symphonies 4,5,6 with the old Lenningrad Phil on DG with their lean textures and attention to detail. But, you also had to bring out the winds. That is part of the accomplishment of Yakov Kreitzberg, a conductor I'd never heard of, but who was obviously one of the most outstanding young conductors of his generation. (I say "was" because tragically, Mr. Kreitzberg left us in March of 2011. What a loss to music!) Here, this Russian-American master leads his excellent Russian orchestra with great skill and aplomb, presenting this music in a completely convincing way. This is the performance I'd hoped for, because it lets the music speak for itself, and it speaks very eloquently with no need of any exaggeration. We shouldn't forget that Tchiakovsky's favorite was Mozart. The three companion pieces on this disc are all just as well played in performances which simply present them as interesting in themselves as well as for their connection to the concerto. This is particularly true of the last of the three, the lesser-known "Souvenir," which begins with what is apparently the original slow movement of the concerto, and which is very well played by Mr Kreitzberg's piano accompaniment of Ms Fischer's beautifully played part. All of these brief works are more than just fillers, and they're all played as well and as interestingly as the concerto. Finally, the SACD sound is a great plus, and it increases the listener's enjoyment and understanding of music that should be taken much more seriously than as just virtuoso fodder, and Ms Fischer and Yakov Kreitzberg must be congratulated for accomplishing this. This is the recording to live with.5Tchaikovsky's Violin WorksJulia Fischer gives excellent performances of the Tchaikovsky works for violin included in this CD. In the Concerto in D, she gives a sensitive and well-naunced reading. Her reading of the Seranade melancolique and the Valse-Scherzo are first-rate. But the real joy, for me, is her performance of the Souvenir d'un lieu cher. Julia Fischer's reading of the Meditation (the original slow movement of the Violin Concerto) was really touching.This is an excellent CD. Yakov Kreizberg did an outstanding job as both conductor of the Russian National Orchestra and piano accompanist.If you enjoy the music of Tchaikovsky, this CD is a must for your music library.4Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto (Julia Fischer)I first heard this music on the radio and liked it so much that I looked for it on Amazon and bought it. I love the way Ms. Fishcer plays - her notes are crisp and clean and phrasing is excellent. She does Tchaikovsky proud. I recommend this recording to anyone who enjoys classical music. Thank you. JG5Move over, HeifetzAfter hearing glowing reviews of this recording, I had high expectations. Often these expectations lead to disappointment, but not in this case. I am an owner of over 3000 classical albums including over a dozen recordings of the warhorse Tchaikovsky violin concerto. I can't recall how many times I've heard this performed live. I am pleased to report that this recording is THE ONE. It is a fantastic combination of superlative sound quality (both in stereo and in SACD) and artistry. The orchestra and the soloist are in perfect balance. She does not bring any unusual interpretation to this well-loved piece. But she plays with stunning virtuosity and technique that is beyond reproach. Her intonation is spot on, and the tempi in the first movement and the finale are brisk and refreshing. The second movement is a real Canzonetta without too much personal liberty taken for reinterpretation as is the offputting recent recording by Joshua Bell. As to the recording engineering and mastering, this one is just right, and I feel like I have the best seat in the house in a concert hall.The other pieces are just as beautifully played. I gasped from the tender beauty of the Souvenir d'un lieu cher Melodie.This is a MUST HAVE addition to anyone with a SACD classical music library.Move over Heifetz-Reiner. There is a new standard for Tchaikovsky violin concertos. And as a bonus, the sound quality is SUPERB.5This is what Tchaikovsky is all aboutThe discography of Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto never seems to end. There are over 150 different recordings, both mono and stereo. With so many CD's available, it would be pretty hard to pick only one. But this particular recording with Julia Fischer and the late Yakov Kreizberg makes you want to make it the ONLY choice. Tempos are generally quicker, so the musical tension will always remain as high as ever. Fischer is capable of producing such a lovely violin sound, and she has the strength and passion that proves her excellent playing in this recording. Yakov Kreizberg keeps everything tight and devoid of tedium, which results in a swift and colorful rendition. The Russian National Orchestra gives a top-notch performance that never loses steam. And finally, the incredible sound quality from Pentatone completes this true accomplishment in the ever-growing Tchaikovsky discography.For now, I'm keeping this as my only choice for Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto. But I might go for more CD's of the same composition in the future.Official Grade: 9.5 out of 105Extraordinary ! Beautiful, Lyrical, ExcitingFirst and formost, Julia Fischer reaches into the song, the soul of the music to give us the most beautiful rendition I ever heard. Her tone can only be characterized as jewel-like set within a golden aura. It is not a silvery tone, it is rich, golden but with kalidescopic highlights of a million colors.With all this she has a steely assurance and an ability to "dig in" to the strings (without the ugliness this usually implies) and works up huge creschendos and plays bravura passages with uncommon urgency. Kreizburg and the orchestra are one with this outstanding musicianship and provide ideal accompaniment - they play as partners actually, more than as accompanists.Not very long ago Viktoria Mullova declared she had excised the Tchaikovsky from her repertoire because the musical rewards do not justify the effort required of the soloist! Agreeing with her, I thought I had tired of work but decided to give this a listen having heard Fischer give a phenomenal performance of the Beethoven in Baltimore last spring. Well I am not tired of it when its played like this!As to the recorded sound quality, I listened to it as an SACD. In additon to the 5 channel surround layer I listened to there is an SACD stereo layer and a CD layer. I understand the stereo is not mixed down from the multi-channel mix but is a totally separate, but simultaneous recording.The "surround" sound actually centers the listener about 7 or 8 rows back from the stage in an acoustic that is spacious and clear, but unlike in stereo the reflected sounds from the side and back walls come from behind and to the side of you. It sounds very much like actually being in a concert hall. While the dynamics and power of the orchestra are striking, the interplay of soloist and orchestral musicians is simply beautiful to hear. This is a very natural sounding and wonderful recording.5tchaikovsky viollinshe is my best !!4Listening To Julia Fischer Makes Me Think Of Dr. Johnson's Comment About John Milton ...Milton "... was born for whatever is arduous; and his work is not the greatest of heroic poems, only because it is not the first".This compact disc is my first experience with the SACD format, and it was a wonderful experience, destined to be repeated. (I also ordered the Heifetz/Reiner SACD of the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto and the SACD of the landmark legendary Getz/Gilberto recording, but they haven't arrived.) I listened three times, three ways: the SACD Multi-Channel layer, the stereo layer in stereo, and the stereo layer in 5-Channel stereo, which I'll discuss later below.Back in the days long before the Compact Disc came along, I would record a brand-new LP onto a reel-to-reel stereo tape recorder, for two reasons: the first playing of the LP would be its unique maiden voyage and all subsequent playings would be degraded regardless of the care, even if the stylus was changed frequently and the record wasn't played twice within a 24-hour period (the stylus tip tracks the low point of the groove and its friction produces a lot of heat that expands the groove as it passes, so if the record is played again before the expanded groove relaxes -- about 24 hours -- the stylus will track deeper, vibrate more and thereby harder in the widened groove, and begin to etch away the fragile electrons of impulses, leaving distorted sound and bleed-through from an adjoining section of the groove), meaning I could play the recording from the tape or parts of it repeatedly; also, if I was playing along to the recording or trying to learn a particular passage of the music, and needed a relatively loud volume, the loudness wouldn't reach the stylus and tonearm's pickup cartridge where it would create audible feedback and distortion, possibly even jarring the stylus.Lo, in 1983 the Compact Disc and Compact Disc Player were made available to us. No longer would you have to turn the record over to hear the complete Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto -- and maybe tip over your glass of wine. You could play along to anything without any distortion, and repeatedly. Even better, you could program the repeat function on the player to repeat any passage over and over if you were trying to learn it. Also in 1983 the brilliant violinists Julia Fischer and Sayaka Shoji were born, and coincidentally they waited until their 22nd or 23rd year before recording the Violin Concerto. Theirs are my favorite versions of the Tchaikovsky "snatch of grace beyond the reach of art" (Alexander Pope). Evidently destiny is what was meant to be. It's hard to imagine that children who practice and learn music don't use the CD player's repeat function; we are all beneficiaries of the technology, as there are no longer only a mere few magnificent young musicians.The SACD layer is not superior to the stereo track for sonics, tone, or other audio qualities, but it is wondrous and exciting for its acoustics. The orchestral instruments are clear and discrete, their timbres always self-evident. Frau Fischer's violin is always front and center. But her violin on the 2-channel stereo track won't stay put because (1) she moves her violin laterally all the time as she herself moves and rotates, so that her violin can traverse as much as eight feet, and (2) my front loudspeakers are spaced too far apart for this kind of stereo recording. Consequently, her violin moves from the center to the right channel and then to the left channel, which is quite annoying and hardly faithful to a concert hall experience. When I engaged the 5-channel stereo process on the receiver and played the disc's stereo layer, the center channel speaker kept her violin where it belonged.Finally, I purchased this SACD, along with Frau Fischer's two DVD recordings, after I had watched (on YouTube) her June 2013 performance in Paris of the Violin Concerto (Oh! How I wish for a Blu-Ray recording of that magnificent performance!), and after watching her recent (December 2013) interview, when she explained that she returned her borrowed Stradivarius years ago and bought her own Guadagnini, but cannot afford a Stradivarius, which "has an extra zero" on the end of the price. So I want to help her earn royalties. What else can one person do?5Another Gifted FiddlerMs. Fischer's a very attractive young woman as can be ascertained from the cover art. Naturally I was curious about how she played and when I saw the silly negative review I determined to buy it. Now there should be no mystery about how to play the Tchaikowsky as every student essays it at some time and Heifetz showed the world how the fiddle could be played. So I expected to hear a good performance since she was playing with a Russian orchestra and naturally they own the piece. I wasn't dissappointed. If this is the only recording of the Tchaikowsky in your library you are not missing anything. Fischer has a great bow arm and plays beautifully especially the ppp parts. Some people go to a wedding and complain the bride is too beautiful. I tend to disregard the critics or hypersophisticated nitpickers.5Ranks with the Very Best.Julia Fischer, once again, demonstrates her truly magnificent talent as a violinist in this recording of the Tchaikovsky violin concerto. Her Romantic sensitivity is superb, her phrasings perfect, it seems to me, and I find her credenzas impeccable. Comparing her performance of this piece to that of other great violinists in a short review would be unwise in many respects, but I would say this: anyone who has the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto in D in her/his collection, or who has ever heard it performed live, by Milstein, Heifetz, Stern, Menuhin, or their like, should by all means now include this disc of Fischer's as well. And, should one not have this piece in their collection, it is an absolute must have! Fischer is an outstanding violinist by any account, and her recording of Tchaikovsky's concerto for violin is masterful. Personally, I enjoy listening to this as much as my recordings of the "greats."5
Piano Trios Nos. 1 & 2

Piano Trios Nos. 1 & 2

4.5
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€144,00
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