Mendelssohn, Tchaikovsky Violin Concertos (2015)

Mendelssohn, Tchaikovsky

Arabella Steinbacher

Charles Dutoit

Orchestre de la Suisse Romande

“These concertos by Mendelssohn and Tchaikovsky are part of the absolute “standard repertoire” usually studied by violinists at a young age. And to be honest, although I love playing these works regularly in my concerts, I had never before felt the need to record them, unlike other, rarely played repertoire that I have recorded in the past.
However, Charles and I have performed the concertos together many times and no matter how often I play them, I realize every time again that it feels new for each successive performance – this is the magic of music.
These are simply such wonderful concertos that I was extremely happy to make this recording with him and the extraordinary Orchestre de la Suisse Romande.”
Arabella Steinbacher

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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.

Orchestre de la Suisse Romande

Founded in 1918 by Ernest Ansermet, permanent conductor until 1967, the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, with its 112 permanent musicians, ensures subscription concerts in Geneva and Lausanne, the City of Geneva symphony concerts, the annual fund-raising concert for the UN, as well as opera performances at the Grand Théâtre de Genève. Its reputation has been built up over the years thanks to its historic recordings and its interpretation of 20th-century French and Russian repertoire.

The orchestra's Music and Artistic Director will be Jonathan Nott from the 2016-2017 season. Its Principal Guest Conductor is Japanese maestro Kazuki Yamada.

Under the guidance of its founding conductor and subsequent music directors (Paul Kletzki 1967- 1970, Wolfgang Sawallisch 1970-1980, Horst Stein 1980-1985, Armin Jordan 1985-1997, Fabio Luisi 1997-2002, Pinchas Steinberg 2002-2005, Marek Janowski 2005-2012, Neeme Järvi, 2012-2015), the world-famous Orchestre de la Suisse Romande is an active contributor to the history of music through the discovery or support of leading contemporary composers. The pieces by Claude Debussy, Igor Stravinsky, Darius Milhaud, Arthur Honegger, Frank Martin, Benjamin Britten, Heinz Holliger, Peter Eötvös, James MacMillan, Pascal Dusapin, Michael Jarrell or Richard Dubugnon were premiered in Geneva by the OSR. It is  one of its important mission: supporting the symphonic creation, and particularly the Swiss one. The OSR is a partner of Pro Helvetia until 2017 for the project “Oeuvres suisses”

 

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Mendelssohn, Tchaikovsky Violin Concertos (2015)

Mendelssohn, Tchaikovsky

Arabella Steinbacher

    Classic FM

Two of the greatest concertos in the violin repertoire are performed here by one of today's most exciting violinists. This vigorous recording of the Tchaikovsky and the Mendelssohn concertos shows off violinist Arabella Steinbacher on superb form, solidly supported by conductor Charles Dutoit at the helm of the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande. Steinbacher says she waited a long time to find the right collaborators for these concertos and it seems to have been well worth the wait. Her performance is confident, immediate and dazzling; Dutoit's marshalling of the accompaniment is rhythmic and decisive. Recorded in September 2014 in the magnificent Victoria Hall, Geneva, it's all captured in vibrant, pin-sharp sound."

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Mendelssohn, Tchaikovsky Violin Concertos (2015)

Mendelssohn, Tchaikovsky

Arabella Steinbacher

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Recording Engineer:Erdo Groot, Roger de Schot
Recording location:Victoria Hall Geneva, Switzerland
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Mendelssohn Conc. Violin and Orchestra in e Op.64 Allegro
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Tchaikovsky Conc. Violin and Orchestra in D Op. 35 Allegro
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Tchaikovsky Conc. Violin and Orchestra in D Op. 35 Canzonet
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