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The Romantic Violin Concerto Volume 16
Richard Strauss / Ferruccio Busoni
Tanja Becker-Bender / BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra / Garry Walker

The Romantic Violin Concerto Volume 16

CD | Hyperion | 0034571280448 | CDA 68044 | 09-14

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. 

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Tracklisting
    • 1
      Violin Concerto in D Major, Op. 35a: I. Allegro moderato –
       
      08:14
      Composer: Richard Strauss, Ferruccio Busoni
    • 2
      Violin Concerto in D Major, Op. 35a: II. Quasi andante
       
      08:02
      Composer: Richard Strauss, Ferruccio Busoni
    • 3
      Violin Concerto in D Major, Op. 35a: III. Allegro impetuoso
       
      07:12
      Composer: Richard Strauss, Ferruccio Busoni
    • 4
      Missa solemnis, Op. 123: IVb. Benedictus
       
      08:47
      Composer: Richard Strauss, Ferruccio Busoni
    • 5
      Violin Concerto in D Minor, Op. 8: I. Allegro
       
      15:04
      Composer: Richard Strauss, Ferruccio Busoni
    • 6
      Violin Concerto in D Minor, Op. 8: II. Lento ma non troppo
       
      06:32
      Composer: Richard Strauss, Ferruccio Busoni
    • 7
      Violin Concerto in D Minor, Op. 8: III. Rondo, Prestissimo
       
      09:11
      Composer: Richard Strauss, Ferruccio Busoni
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