Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Joseph Swensen – Brahms: Violin Concerto & Hungarian Dances (2004) MCH SACD ISO + Hi-Res FLAC

Johannes Brahms – Violin Concerto & Hungarian Dances
Scottish Chamber Orchestra / Joseph Swensen (violin, conductor)
SACD ISO (2.0/MCH): 3,95 GB | 24B/88,2kHz Stereo FLAC: 1,18 GB | Artwork | 3% Recovery Info
Label/Cat#: Linn Records # CKD 224 | Country/Year: UK 2004
Genre: Classical | Style: Romantic

Amazing recording!!!
I’ve heard many, many versions of this concerto; it’s one of my favorite concertos, and Brahms – for me – is one of the greatest composers. This one has become one of my favorite versions (maybe even the most). It’s wonderfull to hear a soloist and orchestra play together that well; they’re all part of one big spirit. This version reveals a lot of details (even the finest), while the big/main line isn’t lost at all. And about the smaller size of the orchestra; I like it! Brahms often sounds ‘too heavy’ and thick, even sometimes troubled, when performed by some conductors/full orchestras. But using smaller orchestras doesn’t mean you’re being sure of getting a clear performance. In my opinion, Swensen leaves the version of Sir Neville Marriner e.g. (with Hilary Hahn) far behind, regarding the performance of the orchestra. I really don’t like the coloration and style of playing of the orchestra in that recording. Hilary Hahn’s playing, on the contrary, is beautiful.
Swensen has succeeded (from my point of view) in making a great and very moving performance and recording of the Brahms voilin concerto. Coloration, choices of tempo, phrasing… in one word: brilliant!
The Hungarian Dances are simply being performed with the same feeling for details and long lines. Whipping ‘gypsian’ drive being varied with moving lyricism.
About the sonics… The sound of the recording is fantastic. The only thing I would like to have heard is a fraction more acoustic breath in the rear channels. But that’s a very small point. From the deapest bass-lines of the basses to the heighest hights; it sounds very natural and clear!
Totally recommended!

SACD Info:

Johannes Brahms – Violin Concerto & Hungarian Dances

Scottish Chamber Orchestra / Joseph Swensen (violin, conductor)

Label: Linn Records
Catalog#: CKD 224
Format: Hybrid-SACD, Album, Stereo, Multichannel
Country: UK
Released: 2004
Genre: Classical
Style: Romantic


Violin Concerto in D major Op. 77
01 Allegro non troppo(23:11)
02 Adagio (8:49)
03 Allegro giocoso, ma non troppo vivace (8:26)

Hungarian Dances:

04 No.1 in G minor (orch Brahms)(2:56)
05 No.8 in A minor (orch Gal) (2:41)
06 No.19 in B minor (orch Dvorak) (1:57)
07 No.2 in D minor (orch Hallen) (2:38)
08 No.18 in D (orch Dvorak) (1:19)
09 No.9 in E minor (orch Gal) (1:58)
10 No.21 in E minor (orch Dvorak) (1:13)
11 No.20 in E minor (orch Dvorak) (2:31)
12 No.3 in F (orch Brahms) (2:30)
13 No.6 in D (orch Schmeling) (3:14)
14 No.7 in A (orch Schmeling) (1:29)
15 No.10 in F (orch Brahms) (1:30)
16 No.17 in F# (orch Dvorak) (2:53)
17 No.5 in G minor (orch Schmeling) (2:20)

Produced by Andrew Keener

Dedicated to Donald and Louise MacDonald
Recorded at the Usher Hall, Edinburgh, UK, from July 7th – 9th 2003
Engineered by Philip Hobbs and Calum Malcolm
Post-production by Finesplice
Produced using Linn 328A Monitors

Another triumphant success for director Joseph Swensen & the Scottish Chamber Orchestra. “Under Swensen’s powerful command the orchestra gives a fantastically spirited performance: a thoroughly appealing disc” (The Strad).

The SACD layer is both 5.1 channel & 2-channel




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