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Bruch: 'Complete Works for Violin & Orchestra

Magazine article Gramophone

Bruch: 'Complete Works for Violin & Orchestra

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Bruch 'Complete Works for Violin & Orchestra, Vol 2' Violin Concerto No 1, Op 26. Serenade, Op 75. In memoriam, Op 65 Antje Weithaas vn Hanover NDR Radio Philharmonic Orchestra / Hermann Baurner CPO (F) CP0777 846-2 (78' * DDD)

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Following her fine performances of the Second Concerto and the Scottish Fantasy (10/14), Antje Weithaas turns her attention to the evergreen First Concerto, with an account whose freshness and expressive subtleties continually delight. It's a very different performance from the excellent one recently released by Guro Kleven Hagen. Hagen's playing is more straightforward, with a powerful sense of narrative, whereas Weithaas gives us more incidental detail. The contrast is clearly seen in the Adagio, where Weithaas's more leisurely approach, while not neglecting the need to keep an onwards momentum, is concerned to give each phrase its own expressive character. She's helped by an especially well-balanced accompaniment, with Hermann Baurner concerned throughout that countermelodies are clearly projected while giving a varied, always convincing character to the overall sound.

The four-movement Serenade is a pleasing, tuneful work, somewhat similar in design to the Scottish Fantasy. …

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