Album review: Chloë Hanslip: The Romantic Violin Concerto – Glazunov & Schoeck
The latest album in Hyperion's Romantic Violin Concerto collection features pieces from the turn of the 20th century. Both were written for star violinists of the day.
It was Leopold Auer who premiered Glazunov's Violin Concerto in St Petersburg, while his student Mischa Elman did so beyond Russia. Partnered by the Swiss Italian Radio Orchestra under Alexander Vedernikov, the young British soloist Chloë Hanslip charms the ear in bravura and lyrical sections alike. As a bonus she offers Glazunov's early Meditation in D major and scintillating Mazurka-oberek.
The Concerto in B flat by the Swiss composer Othmar Schoeck is broader in scope, a virtual song cycle without words. It was inspired by the personality of Stefi Geyer, a volatile Hungarian violinist to whom Bartok was also attracted – and with no greater success than Schoeck! On this recording, the
performers respond readily to the music's many emotional fluctuations, from passionate sorrow to joyful remembrance.
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The CD release is on February 25, and Chloë Hanslip appears with Nottingham Symphony Orchestra at the Albert Hall on March 16, performing Elgar.