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Tchaikovsky: Violin Concerto - Braunstein, Karabits

Tchaikovsky: Violin Concerto - Braunstein, Karabits

PentaTone Classics  PTC 5186747

Stereo/Multichannel Hybrid

Classical - Orchestral


Tchaikovsky: Violin Concerto, Pas de deux 'Swan Lake', Lensky's Aria & Scene 'Eugene Onegin', Sérénade mélancolique, Op. 26, Valse Scherzo, Op. 34

Guy Braunstein (violin)
BBC Symphony Orchestra
Kirill Karabits (conductor)

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Comment by hiredfox - April 15, 2019 (1 of 3)

BBC Symphony? Why not the Bournemouth Symphony? Far superior ensemble that performed this work with the same combination recently. For heaven's sake Karabits is the BSO's chief conductor after all!

Comment by john hunter - August 18, 2019 (2 of 3)

Well the BBC Symphony played very well indeed, John, helped by a lovely three dimensional recording which you don't often get with concerto recordings.
I can see why Pentatone chose them.
Braunstein certainly has the measure of the piece and plays superbly.
The extras make a welcome change and I now rate this disc as my "go to" for the Tchaikovsky.
I see Maestro Karabits is making his first visit down under next year and will be sure to catch him.
His performance here is full of vigour and matches Braunstein for being in complete command of the score.
A welcome release indeed.

Comment by hiredfox - August 19, 2019 (3 of 3)

It is indeed a very enjoyable disc; what I like most about Braunstein is his absolutely straightforward style of playing without distracting stylistic habits. He is also blessed with an instrument possessing a beautiful deep dry tone that is very suited to this repertoire. I would not rate it as my "go to" choice personally that 'honour' still belongs to Kyung Wha Chung.

Karabits as ever provides sympathetic and precise accompaniment to the soloist and is becoming a force to be reckoned with. In my opinion he will be offered soon a position with one of the World's leading ensembles and it would be fully deserved. He is after all still only 40.

For now we are lucky to have him at Bournemouth where he has shaped and honed the Orchestra to outstanding new heights, the BSO is in better shape than at any time in its history. Their recent BBC Prom produced the most rapturous audience reaction that I have ever witnessed at a live concert.

I doubt the orchestra could afford to travel to your part of the world but If Karabits is down under then yes, John try to get there if you can, he never disappoints