RODION SHCHEDRIN (b.1932): Concerto Parlando for Violin, Trumpet and Strings (Martin Hurrell [trumpet], BBC Symphony Orchestra; Mikhail Agrest), BALYS DVARIONAS (1904-1972): Pezzo Elegiaco "By the Lake" for Violin and Orchestra, SERGEI PROKOFIEV (1891-1953): 5 Melodies for Violin and Orchestra, Op. 35bis (orch. Shchedrin), PETER TCHAIKOVSKY (1840-1893): Violin Concerto, Op. 35.
Catalogue Number: 05P079
Label: Cobra Records
Description: Dvarionas' tonal, Romantic piece is a gently nostalgic pastoral elegy, an unassuming but lovely little curtain-opener here. Shchedrin's concerto was conceived as a kind of violin analogue of Shostakovich's First Piano Concerto, which it broadly resembles, not only in instrumentation but also in general harmonic vocabulary, trumpet writing, and the interaction between the two soloists. A lamenting slow movement, grey, pre-dawn and full of foreboding, interrupted by rhythmic, military manouevres is framed by a terse, introductory slow movements and a scurrying, darkly humorous finale. Shchedrin's idiomatic and characterful orchestrations of four of the Op.35 Melodies by Prokofiev are slightly leaner than Prokofiev's own of the second one, but they are entirely successful in their own right and make a satisfying set as a whole. The Ysaye contribution to the Tchaikovsky bears all the hallmarks of a master violinist's cadenza for himself to play, in the time-honored tradition - less fashionable now than formerly - making up in violinistic inventiveness what it lacks in compositional originality.. Philippe Graffin (violin), Lithuanian National Philharmonic Orchestra; Robertas Servenikas.