Beethoven & Clement Violin Concertos
- CDR 90000 106
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Beethoven's towering Violin Concerto in D Major, Op. 61, has always seemed an isolated phenomenon -- so different from the other violin concertos of its era -- until now . . .
On Beethoven & Clement Violin Concertos, American violinist Rachel Barton Pine ("a magnetically imaginative artist" --Gramophone), with Jose Serebrier and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, presents the world premiere recording of the exquisite 1805 Violin Concerto in D Major by Franz Clement -- the Viennese virtuoso for whom Beethoven wrote his own concerto a year later. Recently rescued from obscurity by enterprising British musicologist Clive Brown, this delightful work offers new insights into the Beethoven: according to Brown, "Individual figurations in Beethoven's Violin Concerto . . . appear to allude directly to passages in Clement's concerto."
Rachel Barton Pine is the ideal interpreter for these two late-Classical era gems. After a recent performance of the Beethoven concerto in New England, a newspaper critic raved, "Pine played Beethoven's music with profound regard for every brick of its architecture and every beat of its heart." She applies the same level of insight to the concerto by the violinist who inspired Beethoven's piece, superbly supported by London's renowned Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and acclaimed Maestro Jose Serebrier.