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Violin Concerto No 1 in D minor, Op 11
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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Details for HYP201404 track 4
Movement 3: Allegro
Recording date
28 March 2013
Recording venue
City Halls, Candleriggs, Glasgow, Scotland
Recording producer
Stephen Johns
Recording engineer
David Hinitt
Hyperion usage
  1. Mlynarski & Zarzycki: Violin Concertos (CDA67990)
    Disc 1 Track 3
    Release date: April 2014
  2. Hyperion monthly sampler – April 2014 (HYP201404)
    Disc 1 Track 4
    Release date: April 2014
    Download-only monthly sampler
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