About the album
German violinist Tanja Becker-Bender returns to the Romantic Violin Concerto series having dazzled the critics with her ‘great lyrical force and tremendous sense of drama’ in her recording of the Reger concerto. Here she appears with Hyperion house band the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Garry Walker, in Volume 16: concertos by Busoni and Strauss, each composer’s only example of the genre.
In D major, the key of Beethoven’s and Brahms’s violin concertos, Busoni’s Violin Concerto is clearly intended to continue their lineage—significantly, Busoni wrote cadenzas for both of them—although it never descends into mere imitation. Although it uses quite a large orchestra, it is transparently scored, with plenty of Italianate cantilena for the soloist. Also included is Busoni’s transcription of the Benedictus from Beethoven’s Missa solemnis, which brings the solo violin to the fore, with instrumental obbligati representing the vocal contributions.
The seventeen-year-old Strauss wrote his Violin Concerto in 1881–2, during his final year at the Ludwigsgymnasium. The work was dedicated to Strauss’s violin teacher Benno Walter (1847–1901), concertmaster of the Bavarian Court Orchestra. The work is fairly unknown on the concert platform; as Tully Potter writes in his booklet notes, Tanja Becker- Bender’s interpretation should win it new friends.
11Violin Concerto in D Major, Op. 35a: I. Allegro moderato –
Composer: Richard Strauss, Ferruccio Busoni08:14
12Violin Concerto in D Major, Op. 35a: II. Quasi andante
Composer: Richard Strauss, Ferruccio Busoni08:02
13Violin Concerto in D Major, Op. 35a: III. Allegro impetuoso
Composer: Richard Strauss, Ferruccio Busoni07:12
14Missa solemnis, Op. 123: IVb. Benedictus
Composer: Richard Strauss, Ferruccio Busoni08:47
15Violin Concerto in D Minor, Op. 8: I. Allegro
Composer: Richard Strauss, Ferruccio Busoni15:04
16Violin Concerto in D Minor, Op. 8: II. Lento ma non troppo
Composer: Richard Strauss, Ferruccio Busoni06:32
17Violin Concerto in D Minor, Op. 8: III. Rondo, Prestissimo
Composer: Richard Strauss, Ferruccio Busoni09:11