Composer: Benjamin Britten, Paul Hindemith
Performer: Arabella Steinbacher
Orchestra: Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin
Conductor: Vladimir Jurowski
Number of Discs: 1
Format: DSF (tracks)
Size: 2.6 GB
Britten: Violin Concerto in D minor Op. 15
01. Violin Concerto, Op. 15: I. Moderato con moto
02. Violin Concerto, Op. 15: II. Vivace – Largamente – Cadenza
03. Violin Concerto, Op. 15: III. Passacaglia. Andante lento, un poco meno mosso
Hindemith: Violin Concerto
04. Violin Concerto: I. Mäßig bewegte Halbe
05. Violin Concerto: II. Langsam
06. Violin Concerto: III. Lebhaft
For me as an artist, the violin concertos by Benjamin Britten & Paul Hindemith represent a great challenge. It is precisely their juxtaposition that appeals so greatly to me, partly because Britten & Hindemith completed their concertos at about the same time. Both had a premonition in 1939 of the global conflagration which would be triggered by World War II, both left their native country. In my view, the concertos are absolutely bursting with emotional turmoil, persisting precariousness, & latent despair.
As much as I love both works, it was still quite exhausting to record 2 such highly virtuoso works from the 20th century simultaneously, particularly from a physical point of view. The sessions in Berlin in April 2017 were a logical continuation of my close collaboration with the Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra & Vladimir Jurowski, as we had already performed the Hindemith concerto together the previous January. So the music was still in our fingers, as it were.
Arabella needs no introduction but maybe Vladamir does:
Born in Moscow as a son of conductor Mikhail Jurowski, Vladimir Jurowski completed the first part of his musical studies in his native town at the Music College of the Moscow Conservatory. In 1990 he moved with his family to Germany where he continued his studies at High Schools of Music in Dresden and in Berlin, studying conducting with Rolf Reuter and vocal coaching with Semion Skigin. In 1995 he made his international debut at the Wexford Festival, where he conducted Rimsky-Korsakov’s May Night. The same year saw his brilliant debut at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden in Nabucco.