Korngold: Violin Concerto in D major op.35, Schauspiel Overture, Much Ado About Nothing Suite

Musicians

Philippe Quint (violin) Mineria Symphony Orchestra/Carlos Miguel Prieto

Composer

Korngold

Catalogue number

Naxos 8.570791

Although released at the same time as Nikolaj Znaider’s high-powered coupling of Korngold’s Hollywood-imbued Violin Concerto with the Brahms (reviewed last month), Philippe Quint’s account is more than just a budget-priced also-ran. From the gentle portamentos of his opening phrases, he sounds completely inside the music, which means he can indulge in a fair degree of rubato, a flexibility of rhythm and movement that is fully in keeping with the style. His tone is sweet, but not cloyingly so, and he finds just the right colouring for the big Romantic melodies; he also displays nimbleness in the race towards the finish in the concerto’s Finale. Quint is ideally centred in the sound picture.

For all the qualities of this Mexican orchestra – and it has plenty of bite and colour – it is no Vienna Philharmonic (Znaider’s partner), though it brings enthusiasm to the precocious Schauspiel Overture and some nippy playing to the incidental music to Much Ado About Nothing.

Matthew Rye

From the October 2014 issue. Subscribe to The Strad or download our digital edition as part of a 30-day free trial.


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