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Hyperion Records

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Track(s) taken from CDA67990
Recording details: March 2013
City Halls, Candleriggs, Glasgow, Scotland
Produced by Stephen Johns
Engineered by David Hinitt
Release date: April 2014
Total duration: 24 minutes 52 seconds

Violin Concerto No 1 in D minor, Op 11
1897; dedicated to Leopold Auer

Allegro moderato  [10'18]
Adagio  [7'11]
Allegro  [7'23]

Introduction  EnglishFrançaisDeutsch
The Violin Concerto No 1 in D minor, Op 11, ‘dedicated to his dear master and friend Monsieur Leopold Auer’, was written in 1897 and the following year won a prize in the Paderewski Composition Competition in Leipzig, which led to its publication. Młynarski takes as his models the virtuoso works of Vieuxtemps, Wieniawski et al: Mendelssohn’s influence is seen in the brief opening tutti and the positioning of the cadenza a full 64 bars before the end of the first movement. The main mood is a fresh, youthful lyricism.

In the Allegro moderato, a calm tutti leads to an orchestral call to attention and the violin enters with a forceful theme; the second subject is quite fluid and a quieter subsidiary theme is derived from the opening. A passage imitating a dramatic gesture in Brahms’s Violin Concerto leads via another subsidiary theme to the cadenza—all written out, as befits a violinist-composer—and the various themes are then reviewed. The Adagio in B flat major is very lovely and was made available separately by the publisher. It is in ternary ‘song’ form, with a quiet theme introduced by the orchestra and taken up by the violin; after a contrasting section, the main theme returns. The orchestra begins the rondo finale, Allegro, with a vigorous theme before the violin dances off with a new idea, which alternates with other material, including a rather martial section, before the dancing theme triumphs in the final Allegro molto, ending the concerto in a blaze of fireworks and a very positive D major. Surprisingly, after its initial success, this Concerto was not played again until Piotr Plawner took it up in 2011.

from notes by Tully Potter © 2014

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