Tchaikovsky - Violin Concerto, Serenade melancolique (2009)

Tchaikovsky

Russian National Orchestra, Julia Fischer

Yakov Kreizberg

The solo violin did not occupy a central position within the oeuvre of Peter Tchaikovsky (1840 – 1893). He was himself a pianist, and composed three piano concertos, as well as chamber music, operas and ballets. That probably explains why he composed no more than one violin concerto. Certainly, it was composed shortly after the most profound crisis in his personal life, i.e. his marriage to Antonia Milyukova in 1877: “The marriage ceremony had only just taken place, and I had been left alone with my wife, realizing that fate had linked us inseparably, when it suddenly came upon me that I did not feel even simple friendship for her – rather, an aversion in the truest sense of the word. Death seemed to me to be the only way out, yet I could not even contemplate suicide.” Admittedly, his friends, such as Nikolai Kashkin, were aware of this personal disaster: “Tchaikovsky himself looked somewhat bewildered, did not say a word about this new situation during our conversations, and his marriage remained – as it did for his other friends – a mystery to us.” However, Tchaikovsky did not seem to change as far as the rest of the world was concerned, as endorsed by his colleague Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov, who mentions the following in his autobiography My musical life: “After approximately 1876, Tchaikovsky – who was living in Moscow at the time – regularly visited our home about once or twice a year. Whenever he came to St. Petersburg, he enjoyed coming to see us. Usually, his visits took place on the days when our musical circle came together… In those days as also later on, Tchaikovsky was an endearing person with whom to talk and, in the best sense of the word, a noble man”. He reacted to his disappointment in the marriage with illness (gastritis, headaches, insomnia) and sought refuge in work: a hasty removal to St. Petersburg also helped him to overcome this “tense situation”, as his friend Nikolai Kashkin later recalled.

 

 

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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. 

Julia Fischer

Born in Munich, Ms. Fischer began learning the violin at age three and soon thereafter started taking piano lessons. She became a pupil of Ana Chumachenco at the Munich Academy of Music and at just 11-years-old won the Yehudi Menuhin International Violin Competition, an event that catapulted her towards an international career as a soloist.

Julia Fischer has since appeared regularly with the world's most celebrated orchestras and conductors. In recent seasons, concerto highlights have included orchestras such as the Vienna Philharmonic, Berlin Philharmonic, Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, Tonhalle Orchestra, BBC Philharmonic, St. Petersburg Philharmonic, Cleveland Orchestra, and San Francisco Symphony. Ms. Fischer has worked with conductors of the highest level including Blomstedt, Eschenbach, Vladimir Jurowski, Paavo Järvi, Maazel, Marriner, Salonen, Temirkanov, Welser-Möst, and Zinman. An avid recitalist and chamber musician, Ms. Fischer has performed in the world's great concert halls and in festivals across Europe, including at the Musikverein Vienna, Palais des Beaux Arts, Berlin Philharmonie, and Carnegie Hall in New York, and at the BBC Proms, Salzburg Easter Festival, Rheingau Music Festival, Schleswig Holstein Music Festival, and Festival Mecklenburg-Vorpommern. Ms. Fischer was Artist in Residence at Konzerthaus Berlin during the 2012-13 season and at Dresdner Philharmonie during the 2013-14 season; London's Wigmore Hall additionally dedicated to Ms. Fischer a Perspective Series throughout the 2013-14 season.

Ms. Fischer will open the 2014-15 season with concerts at the Festival Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, performing in recital with Igor Levit and in concert with the Konzerthaus Orchestra Berlin under the baton of Michael Sanderling. Following an appearance with Daniel Müller-Schott at the Festival Herbstliche Musiktage, Ms. Fischer embarks on a recital tour of France with Yulianna Avdeeva. A tour of Germany with the State Academic Symphony Orchestra of Russia and Vladimir Jurowski will see Ms. Fischer perform the rarely programmed Schumann violin concerto and include the first out of three concerts which will showcase Ms. Fischer as first Artist in Residence at Frankfurt's concert series Pro Arte; she also tours Switzerland in the role of conductor and soloist with pianist Oliver Schnyder and the Academy of St Martin in the Fields, and appears in major venues throughout Europe alongside the St. Petersburg Philharmonic and Temirkanov. Further highlights as soloist include the Philharmonia Orchestra/Hr?ša, MDR Symphony/Kristjan Järvi, Boston Symphony/Dutoit, Czech Philharmonic/Zinman, and Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich/Bringuier. Summer 2015 will see Ms. Fischer performing at major festivals – at Grafenegg Music Festival, at the Kissinger Summer Music Festival with the Vienna Symphony Orchestra and Blomstedt, at the Rheingau Music Festival with Jordan – as well as on a European tour with the Stuttgart Radio Symphony/Sanderling performing Katchaturian.

Yakov Kreizberg

Yakov Kreizberg was a naturalized American conductor and pianist, born in Russia with the name Yakov Bychkov. A piano prodigy at age 5, he began composing by 13 and took up conducting lessons with Ilya Musin around the same time. When he emigrated to the United States in 1976, he was unable to bring his compositions with him, so out of frustration with Soviet policies, he gave up composing entirely and dedicated himself to conducting full-time.

Once settled in the United States, Kreizberg entered the Mannes College The New School for Music, where he studied with his brother, conductor Semyon Bychkov. (Kreizberg adopted his mother's maiden name shortly after graduation, to differentiate himself from his brother). Following graduate work at the University of Michigan with Gustav MeierKreizberg studied with Erich LeinsdorfSeiji Ozawa,Leonard Bernstein, and Michael Tilson Thomas, becoming the latter's assistant at the Los Angeles Philharmonic Institute. In 1985, he returned to Mannes College to direct the school's orchestra and also conducted the New York City Symphony's concerts.

Having dual careers in conducting orchestral concerts and opera, Kreizberg served as general music director of the United Municipal Theaters of Krefeld-Mönchengladbach and as conductor of the Niederrheinische Sinfoniker. At the Berlin Comic Opera, he oversaw productions of standard repertoire as well as revivals of forgotten operas, and conducted many heavily attended concerts. He went on to conduct operas at Glyndebourne, the Canadian Opera Company, the English National Opera,Chicago Lyric Opera, and the Royal Opera House. His concert activities included performances with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, and the London Symphony Orchestra, where he conducted Mahler's Symphony No. 2, "Resurrection," to critical acclaim. Additionally, Kreizberg appeared in the United States with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the San Francisco Symphony, the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, and the New York Philharmonic.

After 2003, Kreizberg was chief conductor and artistic adviser of the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra and the Netherlands Chamber Orchestra, as well as principle guest conductor of theVienna Symphony Orchestra. He recorded for Decca and PentaTone Classics. Yakov Kreizberg died on March 15, 2011, in Monaco at age 51, following a long illness.

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Tchaikovsky - Violin Concerto, Serenade melancolique (2009)

Tchaikovsky

Russian National Orchestra, Julia Fischer

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For 50 years the Heifetz/Reiner recording has been the standard. Therefore, I am pleased to say that Heifetz needs to move over; this performance is fantastic and the recording is as good as you can get. This is a great recording and purchase - easily one of the top ten for 2006 or any other year.

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Tchaikovsky - Violin Concerto, Serenade melancolique (2009)

Tchaikovsky

Russian National Orchestra, Julia Fischer

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Violin Concerto in D, Op. 35 - Allegro moderato
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Violin Concerto in D, Op. 35 - Canzonetta (Andante)
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