Nikolaj Znaider (violin)
Valery Gergiev, conductor
For his latest recording for RCA Red Seal Nikolaj Znaider, one of the most versatile violinists of our time, has combined one of the best loved violin concertos, Brahms’s concerto in D, with the lesser-known Korngold concerto, also in D.
Alongside Nikolaj is The Vienna Philharmonic under the baton of one of the greatest conductors of all time, Valery Gergiev.
“Nikolaj Znaider emerges as a deeply compelling artist, one whose winning combination of tonal opulence and glowing interpretative sincerity makes a stunning impact in the Korngold. …his heart-felt sensitivity to mood and atmosphere, and the genuine warmth he imparts to the Brahms Concerto is nothing less than special.”
BBC Music Magazine, May 2009
“There's no denying Znaider's technical mastery, the whole thing feels lightweight and insincere”
The Observer, 21st June 2009
“Soloist Nikolaj Znaider's meticulously judged vibrato glows through the poignant Romance of Korngold's Violin Concerto while Valéry Gergiev works his quivering magic with the Wiener Philharmoniker.”
The Independent on Sunday, 14th June 2009
“Znaider is, for me, one of the greatest artists of his generation, and his consummate musicianship and glorious depth and range of tone are everywhere apparent, to particular effect in the Adagio of the Brahms (though I prefer the oboist on Repin's recording), where Znaider's discreet portamenti make the most of the floating lines. The Korngold... should have seemed a mere bonbon after the Brahms, but such is the commitment from Znaider, Gergiev and the orchestra that it's a wonder from start to finish.”
Gramophone Magazine, July 2009
“Znaider’s own playing transmits thoughtfulness, expressive power, concentration and command of the nuances of phrasing, combined with an overarching sense of structure.”
Daily Telegraph, 1st July 2009
“Korngold has rarely sounded more opulent or more gorgeous. Znaider plays it beautifully, too, with finely spun lines and a meltingly warm tone. Essential listening, if Korngold is your priority.”
The Guardian, 17th July 2009
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