Frank Peter Zimmermann Delivers a Fleet Beethoven Violin Concerto

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Thursday, March 08, 2012

In this week’s program, New York Philharmonic artist in residence Frank Peter Zimmermann ascends Beethoven’s “Mount Everest of violin concertos,” performing his only concerto for the instrument. The violinist delivers "fleet, clean and honest playing at a comfortably brisk pace in the outer movements, and a Larghetto of melting sweetness," writes Steve Smith in The New York Times.

Under the direction of Alan Gilbert, the program also includes Stravinsky’s Symphony in Three Movements and Ravel’s lush Daphnis et Chloé, Suite No. 2.

Program details:

Ludwig Van Beethoven: Violin Concerto.

Igor Stravinsky: Symphony in Three Movements.

Maurice Ravel: Daphnis et Chloé, Suite No. 2.

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Comments [1]

Les Bernstein from Miami, Florida

This Beethoven Violin Concerto performance is now the one against which I measure my other favorite realizations, namely those of Heiftez/Toscanini/NBC Symph. and Heifetz/Munch/Boston Symph. I hear more dialogue between soloist and orchestra than in the previous two recordings. I think the opening timpani plays the motto of the entire first movement; and it and solo bassoon were finally given true measure. The split violin seating plan --- my favorite --- also aids and abets the aforementioned, I think. The "Symphony in Three Movements" was also to the manor born. I'm eager to hear more of Mr. Zimmermann's playing. I offer tips of the hat to Judith LeClair in the Beethoven, Philip Myers in the Stravinsky and Robert Langevin in the Ravel. Thank you, Maestro Gilbert.

Mar. 11 2012 02:40 PM

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