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


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 and conductor Thomas Sanderling tell us more about their recording of Tchaikovsky ´s Violin Concerto in its original version and Shostakovich' s Violin Concerto No. 2.

This is the first ever recording of Tchaikovsky 's violin concerto that took the new Urtext, published by Henle Edition as a source. There are a few different notes, phrasings and bowings compared to what is usually played. The most obvious audible difference is that the complete 2. movement is played with the mute on, while it has become a tradition that violinists 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. Shortly before composing this work Tchaikovsky married, but right after getting married he had a nervous breakdown, followed by a strong depression. His composing was always strongly connected to his personal life, and this work is his coming back to life, a concerto full of optimism and positiveness.

Shostakovich ´s 2. Violin Concerto is a late work by the composer who at that time was already ill. The conductor of the recording, Thomas Sanderling was a close friend of his and remembers well how aware Shostakovich was that his life would soon end.

Although the last movement of the concerto might appear as a funny piece, Sanderling provides musical insights that only somebody who knew the composer personally can offer. He states that below the surface the music is full of pain and struggle,- a strong reflection of Shostakovich 's own life life at that very time

The relationship of Roth and Sanderling is very special indeed, because they co-founded the international Weinberg Society together.  Linus Roth has been an advocate for Weinberg’s music for years. As the first violinist worldwide he recorded the Complete Works for Violin and Piano on a 3 CD Box (CC 72567) receiving great critical acclaim. His following recording, Weinberg´s Violin Concerto combined with the one by Benjamin Britten (CC 72627) was selected as Editor´s Choice by the Gramophone Magazine! And as mentioned above, earlier this year he released the Solo Sonatas for Violin 1-3 of Weinberg.

On this new recording with the violin concertos we feel and hear a true chemistry between Linus Roth and the London Symphony Orchestra with conductor Thomas Sanderling. It is the Russian spirit in music, that goes straight to the hearts of us listeners!

Release of the new album: October 7th 2016

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