CHARLES-AUGUSTE DE BÉRIOT (1802-1870): Violin Concertos No. 2 in B Minor, Op. 32, No. 4 in D Minor, Op. 46 and No. 7 in G, Op. 73.
Catalogue Number: 12I003
Reference: 777 167
Description: These Romantic violin concertos by the Belgian Bériot (published in 1841, 1844 and 1851, although they probably were composed earlier in some cases) differ in form but their content is consistent: broadly flowing melodic themes, often seemingly inspired by the bel canto vocal models of contemporary opera) with ample opportunity for the soloist to display his technical prowess (the artist here provides his own cadenzas at two points in the Second and Fourth concertos). No. 2 is a full-fledged, three-movement concerto lasting 32 minutes, No. 4 a single-movement work of 12 minutes in three sections, of which the final is a recapitulation of the first, and No. 7 a 21-minute piece with three distinct movements played attacca. Laurent Albrecht Breuninger (violin), Northwest German Philharmonic; Frank Beerman.