Saturday, March 4, 2017

Julia Fischer - Poème


Composer: Ernest Chausson; Josef Suk; Ottorino Respighi; Ralph Vaughan Williams
  1. Respighi - Poema autunnale
  2. Suk - Fantasy, Op. 24
  3. Chausson - Poème, Op. 25
  4. Vaughan Williams - The Lark Ascending

Julia Fischer, violin
Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte Carlo
Yakov Kreizberg, conductor

Date: 2011
Label: Decca



"Josef Suk’s captivating Fantasy for violin and orchestra is the main item of interest here. Written the same year as his Asrael Symphony, the Fantasy features Suk’s beguiling and easily recognizable harmonic and orchestral style, though the mood is infinitely brighter and more festive than the symphony. The solo writing, in the late-romantic virtuoso tradition of violinist composers such as Wienawski, places exceptional demands on the performer–demands that Julia Fischer meets with impeccable musicianship and palpable zest. She’s matched in these qualities by Yakov Kreizberg’s stirring accompaniment with the Monte Carlo Philharmonic.

The disc’s other relative rarity, Respighi’s Poema autunnale, is a work more varied than its title implies, with strikingly rhapsodic passages interspersed among the more meditative ones. Respighi’s vivid, colorful orchestration (replete with celesta) makes a fine foil for the fetching solo writing, rendered with aplomb by Fischer.

Fischer proves just as masterful in the more familiar works, offering a tender and impassioned Chausson Poème, and a moving and beautifully played Vaughan Williams The Lark Ascending. Kreizberg and orchestra capture the spirit, and conjure the appropriate aural atmosphere for each work."

-- Victor Carr Jr., ClassicsToday

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Julia Fischer (born 15 June 1983 in Munich) is a German classical violinist and pianist. She studied with Lydia Dubrowskaya at the Leopold Mozart Conservatory in Augsburg and Ana Chumachenco at the Munich Academy of Music. Her active repertoire spans from Bach to Penderecki, from Vivaldi to Shostakovich, containing over 40 works with orchestra and about 60 works of chamber music. On 1 January 2008, Fischer had her public debut as a pianist, performing Edvard Grieg's Piano Concerto. She plays on a Guadagnini 1742 purchased in May 2004.


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  2. Another fine disc. Thank you.

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