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Violin Concertos & Encores

  • Miklós Rózsa: Concerto for Violin & Orchestra, Op. 24
  • Erich Wolfgang Korngold: Concerto for Violin & Orchestra in D Major, Op. 35
  • Manuel Ponce/Jascha Heifetz: Estrellita
  • Arthur Benjamin/William Primrose: Jamaican Rumba
  • Stephen Foster/Jascha Heifetz: Jeanie with the Light Brown Hair
Matthew Trusler, violin
Düsseldorf Symphony Orchestra/Yasua Shinozaki
Orchid Classics ORC100005 68m DDD
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This fine CD features two late romantic violin concertos which are diligently played by a new kid on the block in the shape of Matthew Trusler. Miklos Rozsa's concerto is a tuneful melodious work which is slowly gaining a foothold in the repertoire for this composer who is infinitely better known for his epic film scores such as Ben Hur and Quo Vadis.

Erich Wolfgang von Korngold was another prolific film score composer but his presence in the concert hall was also quite numerous as the various works in his oeuvre testify. This Violin Concerto is perhaps the most famous of them with long over arching melodic lines and a sturdy contrapuntal shape which runs through the work. Trusler plays both work with seasoned aplomb and you would never guess that he is relatively new to the scene.

The three tidbits provided as fillers are also very pleasant to listen to especially the Stephen Foster/Heifetz melody. Trusler himself writes the excellent booklet note and the recording is of top drawer quality throughout. A fine coupling on this exciting new English label which is deserving of every encouragement.

Copyright © 2009, Gerald Fenech