Magazine article Gramophone

Glazunov: Dvorak: Sibelius: Dvorak Violin Concerto, Op 53 B96

Magazine article Gramophone

Glazunov: Dvorak: Sibelius: Dvorak Violin Concerto, Op 53 B96

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Glazunov * Dvorak * Sibelius Dvorak Violin Concerto, Op 53 B96 Glazunov Violin Concerto, Op 82 Sibelius Six Humoresques Efi Christodoulou vn Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra / John Carewe Somm Celeste [F] SOMMCD0153 (73' * DDD)

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Somewhere in this Somm release is a more characterful one struggling to get out. The soloist, the Greek violinist Efi Christodoulou, plays with a sweet tone. And she has done well to avoid the over--crowded comers of the repertoire. Her choices Sibelius's little known Humoresques, sandwiched between violin concertos by Glazunov and Dvorak----offer plenty of scope for making a distinctive mark. If only she always remembered to take advantage of it.

When she does, the results are prepossessing, as in the finale of the Glazunov, where there's a palpable sense of joy in the music--making. As for the rest, there are grace and sweetness in spades, befitting the old--school charm of this too rarely heard concerto. But the terrain could do with more peaks and troughs, along with a little more loving care in the intonation department. …

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