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Christian Tetzlaff, Helsinki PO, John Storgards - Antonin Dvorak: Violin Concerto, Romance; Josef Suk: Fantasy (2016) [Re-Up]

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Christian Tetzlaff, Helsinki PO, John Storgards - Antonin Dvorak: Violin Concerto, Romance; Josef Suk: Fantasy (2016) [Re-Up]

Antonín Dvořák: Violin Concerto, Romance; Josef Suk - Fantasy in G minor (2016)
Christian Tetzlaff, violin; Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra; John Storgårds, conductor

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This performance of the fiery Fantasy in G minor for violin and orchestra, Op. 24, of Josef Suk, with violinist Christan Tetzlaff catching the full impact of the irregular form with its dramatic opening giving out into a set of variations, is impressive. And Tetzlaff delivers pure warm melody in the popular Romance in F minor, Op. 11, of Dvorák. But the real reason to acquire this beautifully recorded Ondine release is the performance of the Dvorák Violin Concerto in A minor, Op. 53, a work of which there are plenty of recordings, but that has always played second fiddle (if you will) to the Brahms concerto. Tetzlaff and the Helsinki Philharmonic under John Storgårds create a distinctive and absorbing version that can stand with the great Czech recordings of the work. Sample anywhere, but especially the slow movement, where Tetzlaff's precise yet rich sound, reminiscent for those of a certain age of Henryk Szeryng, forms a striking contrast with Storgårds' glassy Nordic strings. In both outer movements as well, Tetzlaff delivers a warm yet controlled performance that is made to stand out sharply. Ondine's Super Audio sound, captured at the Helsinki Music Centre, is another major attraction for a recording that's destined to become part of the core Dvorák repertory.

Review by James Manheim, Allmusic.com

Make no mistake, there was nothing wrong with Christian Tetzlaff’s first recording of the Dvorák Violin Concerto for Virgin, and for that release he had the Czech Philharmonic under Libor Pesek as idiomatic partners. Ironically, the couplings here are more suitable than the Lalo Symphonie espagnole on the prior release. John Storgards and the Helsinki Philharmonic really do just as fine a job as did the Czechs, and most importantly Tetzlaff’s view of the concerto has matured in the intervening years.

For all that it tends to get short shrift in the critical literature, Dvorák’s Violin Concerto is one of the most perfectly balanced of all romantic works in the medium: three movements, each of equal length (about ten minutes each), with a finale that isn’t overwhelmed by the opening and which truly provides a satisfying culmination. It is this formal balance that Tetzlaff and Storgards project so satisfyingly. Typically, and unlike the recent Mutter/Honeck version for DG, the interpretation is emotionally less fulsome, but certainly not cool. Rather, Tetzlaff’s focus on the long line and, for example, the smoothest possible transition between the first movement and the adagio, gives the piece an exceptional feeling of unity for all the passion; and the finale truly dances, with crisper than usual articulation supported by Storgards’ firmly rhythmic accompaniment.

The lean, lithe performance of the Dvorák finds a perfect counterpart in Suk’s Fantasy in G minor. This concerto-length, single-movement masterpiece hardly ever gets played by non-Czech violinists, and Tetzlaff deserves kudos for taking it on (never mind doing it so well). Only the fact that it’s not called a “concerto” keeps it out of the international repertoire, and perhaps this vibrant account will serve as a welcome corrective. Dvorak’s lovely Romance in F minor rounds out the program as a poetic encore, and it’s beautifully engineered. First class, all the way.

Review by David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday

Christian Tetzlaff, Helsinki PO, John Storgards - Antonin Dvorak: Violin Concerto, Romance; Josef Suk: Fantasy (2016) [Re-Up]

It was an inspired idea to open this disc with Josef Suk’s wonderful Fantasy, a sort of free-form violin concerto: such a striking initial tutti, fiercely dramatic, setting the mood for a searing 23-minute stretch, with some pastoral interludes to ease the intensity. John Storgårds inspires energetic playing from the Helsinki Philharmonic, accelerating subtly prior to Christian Tetzlaff’s first entry, though the strings don’t quite match Karel Ančerl’s cut-glass Czech Philharmonic (on Josef Suk’s first Supraphon recording) for precision, edge or bite. Once into the fray Tetzlaff draws on an exceptionally wide range of colours and nuances, from fragility to full-on passion, especially after the resumed tutti has allowed him more time to breathe. He’s very much his own man, personal and personable, plying a varied roster of dynamics and flexibly backed by the orchestra. You sense that every bar has been carefully thought through and yet there’s never as much as a suggestion of calculation.

Come the variations that set in from 5'28", the sweetness of his approach, and his willingness to follow the orchestra on dancing feet (6'55"), leaves a charming impression. From a purely violinistic point of view I’d choose Tetzlaff even above Suk: he brings so many rich ingredients to the piece and I’ve already enjoyed listening to his version many times.

In the case of the Violin Concerto and Romance by Suk’s father-in-law Dvořák, competition weighs rather more heavily. In the Concerto Isabelle Faust (with the Prague Philharmonia under Jiří Bělohlávek) is a prominent presence, her style following in the wake of Suk’s two recordings (Supraphon), some of her slides seemingly influenced by his. Tetzlaff on the other hand largely avoids portamento, though that’s not to suggest that his playing lacks either warmth or authentic flavouring. Quite the contrary; and, as with the Fantasy, there’s a winning suppleness about the playing, the sense that rather than being chained to the bar-lines he’s able to stretch across them, always the sign of a great artist. I also like the way he underlines the chordal writing at 7'23" into the first movement. The slow movement has tenderness to spare, the finale delicacy as well as panache.

And there’s the lovely Romance for violin and orchestra that in an earlier incarnation was part of a larger structure, Dvořák’s little-known String Quartet in F minor, Op 9 (B37). But nowadays it’s this meltingly beautiful movement that we hear most often, a piece that was premiered some time in the late 1870s and dedicated to ‘my dear friend’ František Ondříček, who subsequently did so much to promote the Violin Concerto. With Suk’s seductive earlier recording ringing in our ears even after many decades, any newcomer has to deliver with expressive generosity, which Tetzlaff does, his approach, as in the other works included here, individual but utterly persuasive. Excellent, full-bodied sound. A disc to prize.

Review by Rob Cowan, Gramophone

Christian Tetzlaff, Helsinki PO, John Storgards - Antonin Dvorak: Violin Concerto, Romance; Josef Suk: Fantasy (2016) [Re-Up]



Christian Tetzlaff, Helsinki PO, John Storgards - Antonin Dvorak: Violin Concerto, Romance; Josef Suk: Fantasy (2016) [Re-Up]



Christian Tetzlaff, Helsinki PO, John Storgards - Antonin Dvorak: Violin Concerto, Romance; Josef Suk: Fantasy (2016) [Re-Up]



Christian Tetzlaff, violin
Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra
John Storgårds, conductor

Tracklist:

Josef Suk (1874–1935)

01. Fantasy in G minor, Op.24 (23:29)

Antonin Dvořák (1841–1904)

Violin Concerto in A minor, Op.53
02. I. Allegro ma non troppo (10:36)
03. II. Adagio ma non troppo (09:48)
04. III. Allegro giocoso, ma non troppo (10:08)

05. Romance in F minor, Op.11 (12:27)


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Christian Tetzlaff, Helsinki PO, John Storgards - Antonin Dvorak: Violin Concerto, Romance; Josef Suk: Fantasy (2016) [Re-Up]

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