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Brahms: Violin Concerto, Violin Sonata No. 1 - Vadim Gluzman

Brahms: Violin Concerto, Violin Sonata No. 1 - Vadim Gluzman

BIS  BIS-2172

Stereo/Multichannel Hybrid

Classical - Orchestral


Brahms: Violin Concerto, Violin Sonata No. 1

Vadim Gluzman (violin)
Angela Yoffe (piano)
Luzerner Sinfonieorchester
James Gaffigan (conductor)


One of Johannes Brahms’s sunniest works, the Violin Concerto in D major was conceived during the summer of 1878, which Brahms spent by the idyllic Wörthersee in Kärnten, Austria. By the end of the summer he was able to send the violin part of the first movement, and the beginning of the Finale to his friend Joseph Joachim. Brahms asked Joachim for advice regarding the writing for violin, and also told him that he was planning a work in four movements. By the time Joachim gave the first performance of the work, on New Year’s Day 1879, the two had discussed the work in depth, Brahms had replaced the two projected inner movements with the glowing Adagio, and Joachim had composed a first version of his own cadenza, which still is the one most often performed.

Vadim Gluzman, who on BIS has previously released Romantic war-horses such as the concertos by Tchaikovsky and Bruch to critical acclaim, now takes on Brahms with the support of the Luzerner Sinfonieorchester under James Gaffigan. He combines it with the composer’s Violin Sonata No. 1, written more or less in tandem with the concerto, performing it with his wife and recital partner Angela Yoffe.

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Recorded in November 2015 at the Kultur- und Kongresszentrum Luzern, Switzerland (Concerto); July 2015 at the Sendesaal Bremen, Germany (Sonata, Scherzo)

Produced by Martin Nagorni (Arcantus Musikproduktion)

Sound engineers: Thore Brinkman (Take5 Music Production) (Concerto); Martin Nagorni (Sonata, Scherzo)

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Comment by Luukas - April 14, 2017 (1 of 5)

Just ordered at BIS online store. Looking forward to hear this! Hopefully Vadim Gluzman will record the concertos of Berg and Stravinsky in the future.

Comment by Luukas - April 24, 2017 (2 of 5)

Few days ago I received this fine disc. However, the package also included BIS's advertisement SACD "Bach Complete Cantatas; Celebrating the Cycle 1995-2013". Like other SACDs of BIS the disc included three layers: SACD 5.0 Surround, SACD Stereo and CD Audio. It arrived in a cardboard sleeve with tracklist on back insert.

However, what really caught my attention was the following text: "Tracks 2, 7 & 15 upsampled from CD quality". As far as I know this means that those tracks were remixed from stereo origins for SACD production. In other words they created an artificial surround sound mix for multi-channel layer. I have listened to the tracks once and they were very satisfying listening experiences. Perhaps the rear speakers and centre were slightly subdued but generally speaking the multi-channel mix was very well created using the latest high-density technology. One can only hope that BIS will release their excellent 1990s Sibelius recordings on SACD in the future with optional multi-channel layer - despite of Robert's reluctant attitude. I'm sure the box set would be a real jackpot for BIS...

Comment by Gleb Panaeff - April 25, 2017 (3 of 5)

Wait a second... Is track 2 the second movement of the concerto? How can it be recorded differently from the rest of the piece??

Comment by Luukas - April 25, 2017 (4 of 5)

No, Gleb Panaeff. Track 2 meant to Bach-disc.

Comment by Jan Arell - April 25, 2017 (5 of 5)

About the Bach Cantatas: Volumes 1-27 of the 55 SACD discs are upsampled from CD quality.