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Linus Roth / London Symphony Orchestra / Thomas Sanderling

Violin Concertos

  • Type SACD
  • Label Challenge Classics
  • UPC 0608917268928
  • Catalog number CC 72689
  • Release date 07 October 2016
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About the album

This is the world premiere recording of Tchaikovsky ´s Violin Concerto in its original version. There are a few different notes and phrasing bowings than in what is usually played. The most obvious audible difference is that the complete 2. movement is played with mute, while it has become a tradition that violinist take the mute off for the second theme and therefore for most of that movement. This was never intended by Tchaikovsky. The mute gives the slow movement the feeling and sound of intimacy. Tchaikovsky married but shortly after had a nervous breakdown with depression and tragic aspects. This work is the coming back to life and light, a work of positiveness. His music was strongly connected to his personal life.
Linus Roth has played the piece for 20 years and feels confident to record his unique interpretation.

Shostakovich ´s 2. Violin Concerto is a late work by the composer who at that time was already ill and knew that his life would be soon over. The conductor of the recording, Thomas Sanderling was a close friend of his and remembers him well in his late years. Clearly this is not a funny piece,  but that is only the surface,because deep down in the music one can find a lot of hidden pain. And to have Sanderling conduct it was memorable as he could provide musical insights only somebody who knew the composer personally can provide.

Linus Roth tells us all about his upcoming album: an inspiring video!


image After the intimate and at the same time very intense album with solo sonatas for violin by Weinberg, violinist Linus Roth is in a perfect flow, because he releases another new album! Again with Russian composers: Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto op. 35 and Dmitri Shostakovich' Violin Concerto no.2 op. 129 which Linus Roth has recorded with the London Symphony Orchestra conducted by Thomas Sanderling. In an breathtaking video Linus Roth ...

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