Recorded on 05/10/1997, uploaded on 01/22/2010
Musician's or Publisher's Notes
Spirited and charming, Schubert's Konzertstück for
solo violin and chamber orchestra is a rondo with introduction. Beginning in a
triumphant D major, the Adagio introduction is quite remarkable,
displaying the bold harmonic turns that Schubert sometimes made. Moving first,
briefly, to B-flat major followed by an ingenious return to the dominant of D
major, the soloist's first independent line begins in an unexpected A minor. By means of F major and D minor, the tonic key is once again attained and
majestic chords announce the arrival of the rondo proper.
The rondo, itself, settles comfortably into the key of D
major. Its principal melody is of almost folk-like simplicity. Given twice by
the soloists and only partially by the full ensemble, the refrain gives way to
the first episode. Beginning in G major, the first episode builds on the
energetic character of the refrain by introducing snappy dotted-sixteenth and
vigorous triplet rhythms into the already lively Allegro tempo. The
latter half of the first episode's melody moves to the key of G minor, casting
a dim shadow over its animated opening statement.
A brief return of the refrain, divided between the soloist
and full ensemble, follows the closing of the first episode. The following
second episode introduces a lyrical melody in D minor. However, the
Bachian-like sixteenth figures that occur throughout ensure that the energy of
the movement is not lost. Closing on a half cadence, the second episode passes
into the final return of the refrain. A coda, beginning first with a sprightly
passage for the soloist and then returning to the opening melody, closes the work
on joyful cadence in D major. Joseph DuBose
Stradivarius 1720. The "Rochester". http://www.andante.com/article/article.cfm?id=21954
Played with beautiful style and great technique. Bravo!!
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