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Violin Concertos
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Dmitri Shostakovich

Linus Roth / London Symphony Orchestra / Thomas Sanderling

Violin Concertos

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Format: SACD
Label: Challenge Classics
UPC: 0608917268928
Catnr: CC 72689
Release date: 07 October 2016
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CC 72689
Release date
07 October 2016

"Everything that makes a collector happy. Artistically and technically speaking, this is a very nice production. The vinyl version sounds great. Especially the Stradivarius 'Dancla' on which Roth plays is convincing."

Music Emotion, 20-7-2020
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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 second movement is played with mute, while it has become a tradition that the violinist take the mute off for the second theme and therefore for most of that movement. This was never intended by Tchaikovsky. The 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 twenty years and feels confident to record his unique interpretation. Shostakovich’s Second Violin Concerto is a late work by the composer who at that time was already ill and knew that his life would soon be 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 tha
Wereldpremière van het oorspronkelijke vioolconcert van Tsjaikovski
Deze opname bevat de uitzonderlijke vioolconcerten van de, in Sint Petersburg geboren, componisten Dmitri Sjostakovitsj en Pjotr Iljitsj Tsjaikovski. Het 2e vioolconcert van Sjostakovitsj wordt zelden uitgevoerd. Het vioolconcert van Tsjaikovski daarentegen, is een van de beroemdste, en tegelijkertijd moeilijkste composities voor viool. Veel liefhebbers van klassieke muziek zullen al een opname van dit concert in huis hebben. Toch is het de moeite waard om ook deze uitvoering te beluisteren. Het gaat hier niet om zomaar een nieuwe interpretatie van goede musici. Nee, het is voor het eerst dat de originele versie van het vioolconcert van Tsjaikovski wordt uitgevoerd. En violist Linus Roth en het London Symphony Orchestra o.l.v. Thomas Sanderling, musici van het hoogste kaliber, spelen deze unieke versie met overtuiging. "The result is a very affectionate and inspired orchestral support, turning this concerto into an emotional and memorable event, not to be missed by anyone!". HR Audio, oktober 2016.

Tsjaikovski componeerde zijn lyrische vioolconcert in een resort vlak bij het meer van Genève. Hij was daar herstellend van een depressie, veroorzaakt door zijn rampzalige huwelijk met Antonia Miljoekova. Het Zwitserse landschap inspireerde de componist. Hij pakte zijn leven weer op en schreef dit vioolconcert binnen 2 weken. Het grootste en duidelijkst hoorbare verschil tussen de originele en de latere definitieve versie is, dat het 2e deel in de originele versie gedempt gespeeld wordt. Het is een gloedvol, lyrisch en vertroostend concert, maar ook weemoedig en in het laatste deel uitbundig en overmoedig.

Zoals gezegd wordt het 2e vioolconcert van Sjostakovitsj nauwelijks gespeeld. Het is een van zijn late werken. De componist was ziek toen hij het concert schreef en hij wist dat zijn leven snel voorbij zou zijn. Zo op het eerste gehoor is het al geen vrolijke muziek, maar onder de oppervlakte, zit diep van binnen nog meer verborgen pijn dan je zou verwachten. Dirigent Thomas Sanderling was een goede vriend van Sjostakovitsj. Hij voegt aan dit concert muzikale inzichten toe die alleen iemand die de componist persoonlijk kent kan toevoegen.
Dies ist die weltweit erste Aufnahme von Tschaikowskys Violinkonzert in seiner originalen Fassung. Einige Töne und Bogenphrasierungen unterscheiden sich von der gewöhnlichen Spielweise; der hörbarste Unterschied ist der, dass der gesamte zweite Satz mit Dämpfer gespielt wird, wohingegen es Tradition geworden ist, dass der Violinist den Dämpfer für das zweite Thema und somit für den Großteil des Satzes abnimmt. Dies war von Tschaikowsky nicht vorgesehen. Der Dämpfer gibt dem zweiten Satz das intime Gefühl und den intimen Klang. Tschaikowsky heiratete, doch erlitt kurz darauf einen Nervenzusammenbruch mit Depression und tragischen Folgen. Mit diesem Werk arbeitete er sich in Leben und Licht zurück, einem durch und durch positiven Werk – seine Musik war mit seinem persönlichen Leben stark verbunden.
Linus Roth spielt dieses Stück seit 20 Jahren und nimmt es überzeugt in dieser einzigartigen Interpretation auf.
Schostakowitschs Zweites Violinkonzert ist ein Spätwerk des Komponisten, der zu dieser Zeit bereits erkrankt war und wusste, dass sein Leben bald enden würde. Der Dirigent der Aufnahme, Thomas Sanderling, war ein enger Freund und erinnert sich gut an ihn in diesen letzten Jahren. Es ist kein fröhliches Stück, doch unter der Oberfläche verbirgt sich viel Schmerz in der Musik. Es unter Sanderlings Leitung aufzunehmen macht es besonders denkwürdig, denn er brachte die musikalische Einsicht mit, die nur jemand bieten kann, der den Komponisten persönlich kannte.

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Linus Roth (violin)

Linus Roth, who received the ECHO KLASSIK Award as 'Best Newcomer' 2006 for his début CD on the label EMI, was awarded his second ECHO award in 2017 for his recording of the violin concertos by Shostakovich and Tchaikovsky with the London Symphony Orchestra under Thomas Sanderling. Linus Roth has made a name for himself internationally, not just with his acclaimed work in core repertoire, but also with his discovery / rediscovery of works that have undeservedly fallen into oblivion.  He has devoted special attention to the works of Mieczysław Weinberg, both on the concert platform and the recording studio.  Roth's recording of the complete works for violin and piano by Mieczysław Weinberg, released in 2013 by Challenge Classics to wide...
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Linus Roth, who received the ECHO KLASSIK Award as 'Best Newcomer' 2006 for his début CD on the label EMI, was awarded his second ECHO award in 2017 for his recording of the violin concertos by Shostakovich and Tchaikovsky with the London Symphony Orchestra under Thomas Sanderling.
Linus Roth has made a name for himself internationally, not just with his acclaimed work in core repertoire, but also with his discovery / rediscovery of works that have undeservedly fallen into oblivion. He has devoted special attention to the works of Mieczysław Weinberg, both on the concert platform and the recording studio. Roth's recording of the complete works for violin and piano by Mieczysław Weinberg, released in 2013 by Challenge Classics to wide public and critical acclaim was followed up by recordings of Weinberg’s Violin Concerto with the Deutsche Symphonie-Orchester and his Concertino with the Württemberg Chamber Orchestra Heilbronn. Both CDs were selected as 'Editor’s Choice' by Gramophone magazine. Making Mieczysław Weinberg’s oeuvre known to a wider audience is also the aim of the International Weinberg Society, which Linus Roth founded in 2015. This association organises and sponsors concerts, readings, exhibitions, interdisciplinary events and publications on the work and life of the Polish-Jewish composer. For the 100th anniversary of Weinberg’s birth in 2019, Linus Roth will curate two days of events dedicated to the composer in the form of six concerts at Wigmore Hall in London. In addition to chamber music works, all of Weinberg’s six sonatas for violin and piano as well as the three sonatas for solo violin will be played, including by Linus Roth himself.
Linus Roth has played as a soloist with many leading orchestras including the Stuttgart State Opera Orchestra, the Munich Chamber Orchestra, the Württemberg Chamber Orchestra Heilbronn, the German Radio Symphony Orchestras of broadcasters SWR and Berlin, the Orquesta de Cordoba, the Orchestra della Toscana in Florence, the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, the Vienna Chamber Philharmonic, the Bern Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestra del Teatro San Carlo in Naples, the Cologne Chamber Orchestra and the Bruckner Orchester Linz. Conductors with whom Roth has worked include Gerd Albrecht, Frank Beermann, Herbert Blomstedt, Andrey Boreyko, Finnegan Downie Dear, Dennis Russell Davies, Kevin John Edusei, Dan Ettinger, James Gaffigan, Hartmut Haenchen, Domonkos Héja, Antony Hermus, Manfred Honeck, Kirill Karabits, Isaac Karabtchevsky, Mihkel Kütson, Leo McFall, Thomas Sanderling, Konstantin Trinks, and Antoni Wit.
A passionate chamber musician, he has performed fellow musicians such as Nicolas Altstaedt, Gautier Capuçon, Kim Kashkashian, Anne-Sophie Mutter, Albrecht Mayer, Nils Mönkemeyer, Andreas Ottensamer, Benjamin Schmid, Christian Poltéra, Julian Steckel, Markus Schirmer, Julien Quentin, Jens-Peter Maintz, Florian Uhlig, Itamar Golan and Danjulo Ishizaka, among others. He has also worked closely for several years with the Argentinean pianist José Gallardo.
Linus Roth attended the preparatory class of Prof. Nicolas Chumachenco at the Musikhochschule in Freiburg, Germany, before going on to study with Prof. Zakhar Bron. Subsequently, he pursued his studies for several years with Prof. Ana Chumachenco at the Universities of Music in Zurich and Munich. Salvatore Accardo, Miriam Fried and Josef Rissin have also been important influences on him. During his studies, Linus Roth held a scholarship from the Anne-Sophie Mutter Foundation.
In October 2012, Linus Roth was appointed Professor of Violin at the 'Leopold-Mozart-Zentrum' at Augsburg University and is also the artistic director of the Leopold Mozart International Violin Competition in Augsburg. In addition, Linus Roth is the Founder and Artistic Director of the International Festival Ibiza Concerts and from 2020 on of the music festival Schwäbischer Frühling in Ochsenhausen /Germany Linus Roth plays the Stradivarius violin 'Dancla' from 1703 on kind loan from the music foundation of the L-Bank Baden-Württemberg.
In his free time, Roth enjoys fitness sports of all kinds, travelling, eating out and loves boating around the Mediterranean. He has lived in Munich for many years.


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London Symphony Orchestra

Formed in 1904 by a group of 46 musicians who had resigned from London's Queen's Hall Orchestra because of change in policy, the London Symphony Orchestra (LSO) is an ensemble of 'firsts.' It was the first orchestra in England to set up a self-governing administrative structure, the first to tour North America, and the first to accept commercial sponsorship. Known as one of England's most gifted and versatile ensembles, it is the resident orchestra at London's famous Barbican Centre. This and the fact that the LSO tours extensively; has provided music for countless films, radio broadcasts, and television productions; and records prolifically has helped to consolidate the group's reputation as one of the world's leading orchestras.  During the late nineteenth and early twentieth century, London...
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Formed in 1904 by a group of 46 musicians who had resigned from London's Queen's Hall Orchestra because of change in policy, the London Symphony Orchestra (LSO) is an ensemble of "firsts." It was the first orchestra in England to set up a self-governing administrative structure, the first to tour North America, and the first to accept commercial sponsorship. Known as one of England's most gifted and versatile ensembles, it is the resident orchestra at London's famous Barbican Centre. This and the fact that the LSO tours extensively; has provided music for countless films, radio broadcasts, and television productions; and records prolifically has helped to consolidate the group's reputation as one of the world's leading orchestras.

During the late nineteenth and early twentieth century, London musicians worked on a strictly freelance basis, finding work where they could for the highest possible fee. In 1904, Henry Wood, conductor of the Queen's Hall Orchestra, decided that he could no longer tolerate the chaos of the situation and hired players as full-time employees with a small but guaranteed wage for about 100 scheduled performances a year. Many of the best musicians, who were in great demand and who stood to lose a significant portion of their earnings through this restriction, resigned from Wood's ensemble and formed their own, self-governing orchestra.

Soon after its creation, the LSO invited Hans Richter to be its first conductor. He accepted the position on the condition that the orchestra increase its number to at least 100 players. Although Richter conducted a great many of the orchestra's concerts during his eight-year tenure, the group also attracted numerous other distinguished conductors to the podium. These included Nikisch, Steinbach, and Elgar. In so doing, the LSO promoted the idea of guest conductors in English musical society.

Two years after its foundation, the orchestra played its first concerts outside England; two concerts in Paris. Under the direction of Nikisch in 1912, the LSO became the first British orchestra to tour North America, presenting 28 concerts in 21 days, beginning and ending with performances in New York's Carnegie Hall.

Over the next 50 years, the LSO was lead by a number of gifted and distinguished conductors including Sir Thomas Beecham, Albert Coates , Sir Hamilton Harty, Josef Krips, Pierre Monteux, Istvan Kertesz, André Previn, and Claudio Abbado. All of these men, in addition to the many guest conductors and artists invited to work with the LSO, left their marks on the orchestra; shaping and honing the virtuosity of its players into an ensemble of great sensitivity and versatility.

The orchestra's association with the film industry began in 1922 when Walter Wanger, head of United Artists, hired the LSO to play for the presentation of silent films at Covent Garden's Opera House. Since then, the ensemble has provided music for numerous films including the Star Wars series for which the LSO won a platinum disc.

The LSO's connection with the BBC goes back to 1924 when Ralph Vaughan Williams conducted the orchestra in the premiere broadcast performance of his Pastoral Symphony. The LSO was the unofficial orchestra in residence for the BBC until the formation of the BBC Symphony in 1930 and has continued to broadcast concerts and provide background music for many BBC productions.

When Michael Tilson Thomas replaced Abbado in 1987, he set about securing the organization's financial as well as musical future by encouraging the LSO to accept corporate sponsorship. Conducted by Sir Colin Davis from 1995 to 2006, who was succeeded by Valery Gergiev in 2007, the London Symphony Orchestra has long enjoyed its well-deserved reputation as a pioneer in several areas of British orchestral history and is a highly versatile and distinguished world-class ensemble.


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Thomas Sanderling (conductor)

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Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

Tchaikovsky is considered as one of the most talented Russian composers of the 19th century. Unlike many other Russian composers of his time, he studied at a conservatory and made the western music theory his own. So, he was not as distrustful of western music as the group of nationalistic composers surrounding Balakirev. Yet, Tchaikovsky sought to express the typical Russian mentality just as much and used many Russian folk songs in his music.  He had a good relationship with Balakirev, who helped him with constructive feedback on his first masterpiece, the overture of Romeo and Juliet. At times, Tchaikovsky was emotionally unstable, which has often been attributed to struggles with his homosexuality. His decision to marry proved to be disastrous...
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Tchaikovsky is considered as one of the most talented Russian composers of the 19th century. Unlike many other Russian composers of his time, he studied at a conservatory and made the western music theory his own. So, he was not as distrustful of western music as the group of nationalistic composers surrounding Balakirev. Yet, Tchaikovsky sought to express the typical Russian mentality just as much and used many Russian folk songs in his music. He had a good relationship with Balakirev, who helped him with constructive feedback on his first masterpiece, the overture of Romeo and Juliet. At times, Tchaikovsky was emotionally unstable, which has often been attributed to struggles with his homosexuality. His decision to marry proved to be disastrous and plunged him into a deep crisis. Yet, the passionate letters of his fiance, even though they barely knew each other, did inspire him to compose his succesful opera Evgenij Onegin. Tchaikovsky had the wonderful gift of composing the most beautiful, lyric melodies. He had a feeling for creating a certain atmosphere in his music and mastered the art of orchestration. Moreover, he excelled in dance music, which made him the ideal composer for ballet. With his ballets The Swan Lake, The Sleeping Beauty, and The Nutcracker he brought the genre to a higher level. During his life, he was already a celebrity. He often did tours to conduct his music and in the USA he was welcomed as a star. He died unexpectedly, nine days after the premiere of his incredibly gloomy Sixth Symphony, probably of cholera. Some other highlights of his body of works are his First Piano Concerto, his Violin Concerto and the Rococo-variations.
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Dmitri Shostakovich

Dmitri Shostakovich was a Russian pianist and composer of the Soviet period. He is regarded as one of the major composers of the 20th century. Shostakovich achieved fame in the Soviet Union under the patronage of Soviet chief of staff Mikhail Tukhachevsky, but later had a complex and difficult relationship with the government. Nevertheless, he received accolades and state awards and served in the Supreme Soviet of the RSFSR (1947–1962) and the Supreme Soviet of the Soviet Union (from 1962 until his death). A polystylist, Shostakovich developed a hybrid voice, combining a variety of different musical techniques into his works. His music is characterized by sharp contrasts, elements of the grotesque, and ambivalent tonality; the composer was also heavily influenced by the...
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Dmitri Shostakovich was a Russian pianist and composer of the Soviet period. He is regarded as one of the major composers of the 20th century.
Shostakovich achieved fame in the Soviet Union under the patronage of Soviet chief of staff Mikhail Tukhachevsky, but later had a complex and difficult relationship with the government. Nevertheless, he received accolades and state awards and served in the Supreme Soviet of the RSFSR (1947–1962) and the Supreme Soviet of the Soviet Union (from 1962 until his death).
A polystylist, Shostakovich developed a hybrid voice, combining a variety of different musical techniques into his works. His music is characterized by sharp contrasts, elements of the grotesque, and ambivalent tonality; the composer was also heavily influenced by the neo-classical style pioneered by Igor Stravinsky, and (especially in his symphonies) by the late Romanticism associated with Gustav Mahler.
Shostakovich's orchestral works include 15 symphonies and six concerti. His chamber output includes 15 string quartets, a piano quintet, two piano trios, and two pieces for string octet. His solo piano works include two sonatas, an early set of preludes, and a later set of 24 preludes and fugues. Other works include three operas, several song cycles, ballets, and a substantial quantity of film music; especially well known is The Second Waltz, Op. 99, music to the film The First Echelon (1955–1956), as well as the suites of music composed for The Gadfly.

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Press

Everything that makes a collector happy. Artistically and technically speaking, this is a very nice production. The vinyl version sounds great. Especially the Stradivarius 'Dancla' on which Roth plays is convincing.
Music Emotion, 20-7-2020

It may be stark and unsparing, and darkly humorous, but Roth believes in every note and finds utmost support from the LSO and Thomas Sanderling.
Classical Ear, 26-6-2017

Backed by the fine direction of Thomas Sanderling at the head of the London Symphony Orchestra, the young violinist thus offers us an SACD that contains many beauties.
OpusHD, 29-5-2017

(...) a disc of strongly individual performances supported by excellent recording and documentation. (...)
Music Web International, 24-3-2017

Roth does the work full justice, ably partnered by a conductor who knew Shostakovich personally. Tremendous!
theartsdesk.com, 25-2-2017

His tone is strong and dark, with plenty of sinew.
Gramophone, 01-2-2017

European News Agency - 19/12/2016
European News Agency, 19-12-2016

''Shostakovich's second, rarer concerto is a bold coupling, intensely played.''
Sunday Times, 12-12-2016

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Gramophone, 01-12-2016

Best Rating: 5 ***** Stars ""The sound world that Roth calls, will never release you. It is great teamwork, also with the orchestra."
De Gelderlander, 23-11-2016

Res Musica - 19/11/2016
Res Musica, 19-11-2016

Linus Roth is unaffected by his path, the path of a responsible musician who is concerned with soundness and depth, not an effect. ..
pizzicato, 07-11-2016

Schimmer PR / 01-11-2016
Classica (F), 01-11-2016

Diskotabel review on Radio 4 by the critical panel in De Vergelijking: "This recording has a classical approach and a clear sound. The violinist plays very well!"  
Radio 4 Diskotabel, 31-10-2016

"The result is a very affectionate and inspired orchestral support, turning this concerto into an emotional and memorable event, not to be missed by anyone!"
HR Audio, 17-10-2016

"And to have Sanderling conduct it was memorable as he could provide musical insights only somebody who knew the composer personally can provide."
EOS Classical News Australia, 17-10-2016

"But Roth is also a first-rate exponent, and his performances of Harry Glickman’s arrangements of Shostakovich’s Three Fantastic Dances – sounding a good deal more leisurely than the piano originals – are also well worth hearing."
Gramophone, 01-9-2016

Linus Roth recently attracted attention with a dazzling CD (on Challenge Classics) with compositions for solo violin of Shostakovich's pupil Weinberg, alternated with short work of the teacher.
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Linus Roth records with the LSO & Thomas Sanderling - Shostakovich & Tchaikovsky Violin Concertos

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