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Track(s) taken from CDA67940
Recording details: October 2011
Auditorio Stelio Molo, Lugano, Switzerland
Produced by Andrew Keener
Engineered by Ben Connellan
Release date: March 2013
Total duration: 4 minutes 15 seconds

'Schoeck's Concerto is, indeed, highly romantic but in a subtle, refined way … Hanslip gives a most convincing performance; her unobtrusive musicianship, with subtle variations in tone to match the emotional colour of each phrase, is admirably suited to the music's refined expressiveness. Throughout the disc, the orchestral contribution is splendidly clear and well balanced. Hanslip is also persuasive in the Glazunov concerto … the purity and neatness of her playing bring an effortless sparkle to the concerto's finale' (Gramophone)

'Glazunov's once extremely popular Violin Concerto should delight. Here full-blooded lyricism meets virtuoso delirious high spirits' (BBC Music Magazine)

'A spry, tenderly phrased performance of Glazunov's delightful concerto launches the first part of Chloë Hanslip's impressively played programme, with the addition of two exquisite miniatures … Hanslip and the Swiss/Italian orchestra respond well to the Schoeck concerto's late-Romantic language and voice it with discreet passion' (The Daily Telegraph)

'Melting lyricism and romantic / rhapsodic character, masking structural vagaries under a blanket of charm … known mainly for his Lieder, Schoeck wrote a concerto of soulful reverie, which Hanslip captures with breathtaking eloquence' (Financial Times)

'Perhaps as an 'offspring' of her tutelage under the Russian pedagogue Zakhar Bron and iconoclast violinist Ida Haendel, Ms Hanslip harbors an acquired affection for these two composers, bringing to the infrequent Schoeck Concerto (1910-1911) a rare commitment and resonant vitality. Much of Hanslip’s playing of the music of Glazounov hearkens back to the artistry of Nathan Milstein, whose fondness and natural expertise in the Glazounov Violin Concerto (1904) and Meditation (1891) possessed an equally illumined elegance. In terms of lyric outpouring, the one-movement concerto provides a fluid, singing vehicle for Hanslip' (Audiophile Audition, USA)

Meditation in D major, Op 32
1891; for violin and piano or orchestra

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Introduction  EnglishFrançaisDeutsch
Glazunov’s Meditation in D major, Op 32, for violin and piano or orchestra was composed in 1891, apparently as a simple lyric piece for salon or concert hall. It was a popular recital and encore piece in the early twentieth century and exists in several arrangements apart from Glazunov’s own: the British composer John Foulds, for example, made a version for violin and chamber orchestra. The piece is a tranquil and very beautiful melodic outpouring, based throughout on the romantic theme heard at the outset, and using the entire range of the violin while being accompanied with exquisite harmonic restraint.

from notes by Calum MacDonald © 2013

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