Prokofiev Violin Concertos No. 1 & No. 2 (2012)

Prokofiev

Russian National Orchestra, Arabella Steinbacher

Vasily Petrenko

Composed in an extraordinarily tumultuous time, Prokofiev’s First Violin Concerto is a work with a long and complicated genesis and reception history. In 1915, Prokofiev completed his studies at the St Petersburg Conservatory, where he had gained a reputation as a highly original talent who enjoyed nothing more than giving a jolt to the established musical order. The First Piano Concerto, which he himself had performed with none other than Serge Koussevizky, had already delivered him the prestigious Rubinstein Prize, and it was not long before the European music world was abuzz with his name. In Paris, he met the famed impresario of the Ballets Russes, Sergei Diaghilev, as well as his protegé, one Igor Stravinsky. And although Prokofiev and Stravinsky would never truly become friends, his Sacre left an indelible impression on the young composer.

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Russian National Orchestra

The Russian National Orchestra was founded in 1990 by pianist and conductor Mikhail Pletnev and is today recognized as one of the world’s top orchestras.  Maintaining an active international tour schedule, the RNO appears throughout Europe, Asia and the Americas, and is a frequent visitor to major festivals such as Edinburgh, Shanghai and the BBC Proms.  The orchestra presents its own RNO Grand Festival each September to open the Moscow season, and is founding orchestra of Festival del Sole, held every July in California’s Napa Valley.

RNO concerts are regularly aired on National Public Radio in the United States, the European Broadcasting Union, and Russia's Kultura channel.  The orchestra's critically acclaimed discography, launched with a 1991 CD cited as the best recording of Tchaikovsky’s Pathéthiquein history, now numbers more than 80 recordings, with conductors that include Founder and Music Director Mikhail Pletnev, Vladimir Jurowski, Kent Nagano, Vasily Petrenko and Carlo Ponti. 

Arabella Steinbacher

Violinist Arabella Steinbacher has firmly established herself as one of today’s leading violinists on the international concert scene, performing with the world’s major orchestras. The New York Times reports that she plays with “Balanced lyricism and fire - among her assets are a finely polished technique and a beautifully varied palette of timbres.” Recording exclusively for PENTATONE, Steinbacher’s career was launched in 2004 with an extraordinary and unexpected debut in Paris, when she stepped in on short notice for an ailing colleague and performed the Beethoven Violin Concerto with the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France under Sir Neville Marriner.
Her diverse and deep repertoire nowadays includes more than thirty concertos for violin. In addition to all of the major concertos of the Classical and Romantic periods, she also performs those of Barber, Bartók, Berg, Glazunov, Khatchaturian, Milhaud, Prokofiev, Schnittke, Shostakovich, Stravinsky, Szymanowski, Hindemith, Hartmann, and Sofia Gubaidulina’s Offertorium. Her recording honors include the Choc du mois from Le Monde de la Musique, two ECHO Klassik Awards, two German Record Critics’ Awards, and the Editor’s Choice Award from Gramophone magazine.

Vasily Petrenko

After just one week working with Vasily Petrenko in 2009, the Oslo Philharmonic invited the Russian conductor to be its fifteenth Principal Conductor. At a landmark concert in Oslo on 28 August 2013, Petrenko was inaugurated in his new role conducting Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring. Vasily Petrenko is one of the most significant and galvanizing musicians alive. He became famous for his transformative work at the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, the oldest orchestra in the United Kingdom, where he refashioned the orchestra’s sound, reconnected the organization to its home city and presided over a huge increase in ticket sales. He quickly came to represent a new generation of conductors ready to combine their uncompromising artistic work with a passion for communication and inclusion. Vasily was born in St Petersburg in 1976 and trained at the city’s famous conservatoire. As a student, he took part in a masterclass with Mariss Jansons, the conductor who helped establish the Oslo Philharmonic as one of the great orchestras of the world. After winning a handful of competitions, Vasily became Chief Conductor of the St Petersburg State Academic Symphony Orchestra in 2004 and later principal guest conductor at the city’s Mikhailovsky Theatre. Vasily is one of the most acclaimed classical recording artists alive and has won numerous accolades for his recordings of Russian repertoire, including two Gramo-phone awards. In 2017 he received the Gramophone Award Artist of the Year. With the Oslo Philharmonic, he has recorded Shostakovich and Szymanowski concertos, Romeo and Juliet by Prokofiev, and a major new cycle of orchestral works by Alexander Scriabin, of which this release is the last in the series of three CDs. Vasily has conducted the London, Sydney, Chicago, Vienna, San Francisco, and NHK Symphony Orchestras as well as the Russian National Orchestra, the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande and the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France. In February 2018 he made his debut with the Berliner Philharmoniker. He has conducted at the Zurich, Paris and Hamburg Operas and at Glyndebourne. At Oslo Konserthus, Vasily provides the backbone of the Oslo Philharmonic’s subscription series. He has conducted the orchestra in London, Manchester, Bristol, Birmingham, Berlin, Vienna, Bratislava, Dublin, Paris, Tokyo, Edinburgh, San Sebastian, Santander, Hong Kong and Taipei.

photo: from booklet Scriabin Symphonies Nos. 1 & 5

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Prokofiev Violin Concertos No. 1 & No. 2 (2012)

Prokofiev

Russian National Orchestra, Arabella Steinbacher

    BBC Music Magazine

“Steinbacher shapes the glorious melody in the opening movement [of the First] with great tenderness and affection and throughout the work there is a real sense of her interaction with conductor Vasily Petrenko and the highly responsive Russian National Orchestra.”

    International Record Review

“Admirers of this gifted young artist will need no second bidding to acquire this latest recording of hers, for she plays all three works with love and affection

Prokofiev Violin Concertos No. 1 & No. 2 (2012)

Prokofiev

Russian National Orchestra, Arabella Steinbacher

Mastering Engineer: Erdo Groot, Matthijs Ruijter
Producer: Joop Maarse
Recording Engineer: Erdo Groot, Jean Marie Geijsen, Roger de Schot
Recording location: Grand Hall of the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory
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Violin Concert No. 1 - Andantino
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Violin Concert No. 1 - Scherzo - Vivacissimo
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Violin Concert No. 1 - Moderato-Allegro moderato-Pi? tranquillo
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Violin Concert No. 2 - Allegro moderato
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Violin Concert No. 2 - Andante assai-Allegretto-Andante assai
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Violin Concert No. 2 - Allegro, ben marcato
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Sonata for Violin Solo Op. 115 - Moderato
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Sonata for Violin Solo Op. 115 - Theme - Andante dolce
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Sonata for Violin Solo Op. 115 - Variation 1
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Sonata for Violin Solo Op. 115 - Variation 2 - Scherzando
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Sonata for Violin Solo Op. 115 - Variation 3 - Andante
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Sonata for Violin Solo Op. 115 - Variation 4
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Sonata for Violin Solo Op. 115 - Variation 5
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Sonata for Violin Solo Op. 115 - Con brio-Allegro precipitato
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