Sibelius: Humoresques

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Sibelius: Humoresques


Mellor, Andrew, Gramophone


Sibelius

Humoresques (a)--Op 87; Op 89. Two Pieces, Op 77 (a). Two Serenades, Op 69 (a). Suite, Op 117 (a). Five Pieces, Op 81 (b). Pieces, Op 2 (b)

Nicolas Dautricourt vn (b) Juho Pohjonen pf

(a) Orquestra Vigo 430 / Alejandro Garrido Porras

La Dolce Volta [F] LDV23 (77' * DDD)

Sibelius's Two Pieces, Op 77, were on my wish list for recording projects in the composer's anniversary year, so it's good to see them here. Even better that Nicolas Dautricourt's recording as a whole offers such a diverting picture of the composer's works for violin with either piano or orchestra without feeling the need to include the Concerto.

Bravo: we don't need another Concerto recording for a while after Baiba Skride's recent winner. But I wish Skride had found room for the prayerful Op 77 pieces, spiritual cousins to the Op 69 Serenades that she plays with such touching fragility. Dautricourt can't quite match her there and, geographical cliche notwithstanding, the Spanish Orquestra Vigo 430 can't resist the urge to heat things up (the music benefits from the opposite). The Op 77 pieces sound a touch hurried, Dautricourt grandstanding just a little, with pronounced vibrato and arching phrase shapes. …

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