Violin Concertos (2014)

Britten, Weinberg

Linus Roth

Mihkel Kutson

Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin

Apart from brief, introductory stops at The Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra and Variations on a Theme of Frank Bridge (both of which are orchestral Variations set on another English composer’s musical kernel), Benjamin Britten is best known for his operas and vocal music. But amid his output are also eight concertos, only one of them famous, two known, two obscure or unfinished, and two hiding in plain sight.
The 1932 Double Concerto for Violin, Viola, and Orchestra was an advanced student work, written half a year after Britten had received the Royal College of Music’s Ernest Farrar Prize for Composition and the penultimate work before he began attaching the seal of official approval—opus numbers—to his works. Britten wrote with displeasure about its “fatuous slow movement”, but Christopher Mark suggests in the Cambridge Companion to Benjamin Britten that it approaches the Sinfonietta op.1 in quality. Britten never wrote it out inorchestral score.
In 1938, after Britten moved into the Old Mill at Snape, he wrote his Piano Concerto “No.1”—an optimistic if ultimately misleading designation, since Britten was not to write another piano concerto in the strict sense. It was a fine success and immediately premiered at the Proms by Sir Henry Wood and the BBC Symphony Orchestra—although then still with the original slow movement which Britten later replaced with a Passacaglia typical, by then, for his style.

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Linus Roth

Since he won the Echo Klassik Award for his EMI debut album in 2006 Linus Roth has made a name for himself both as one of the most interesting violinists of his generation and as a champion of wrongly forgotten works and composers. His live performances and his recording of Mieczyslaw Weinberg’s complete works for Violin and Piano for Challenge Classics have brought him both critical and public acclaim. Roth’s commitment to Weinberg is now further documented in this recording of Weinberg’s Violin Concerto.
After joining Prof. Nicolas Chumachenco’s pre-college division at the Music Academy Freiburg, Linus Roth continued his studies with Prof. Zakhar Bron in Lu?beck and with Prof. Ana Chumachenco at the Academies of Zurich and Munich. Salvatore Accardo, Miriam Fried and Josef Rissin all strongly influenced his development as a player as did Anne-Sophie Mutter, whose Foundation awarded him a scholarship for the duration of his studies. In 2012 he was appointed Professor for Violin at the “Leopold-Mozart-Centre” of the University of Augsburg, Germany.
Linus Roth has performed with the Radio Symphony Orchestras of the SWR and Berlin, Bruckner Orchester Linz, Orquesta de Cordoba, Orquesta de Navarra, Orchestra della Teatro San Carlo Napoli, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Berner Sinfonieorchester, Orchestra of the State Opera Stuttgart, Vienna Chamber Philharmonic, Cologne Chamber Orchestra, Wuerttemberg Chamber Orchestra Heilbronn and the Munich Chamber Orchestra and has shared the stage with the conductors Gerd Albrecht, Herbert Blomstedt, Andrey Boreyko, Dennis Russell Davies, James Gaffigan, Hartmut Haenchen Manfred Honeck, Anu Tali, Antoni Wit, among others.

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Violin Concertos (2014)

Britten, Weinberg

Linus Roth

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Concerto for violin and orchestra Op. 15- Moderato con moto
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Concerto for violin and orchestra Op. 15- Vivace
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Concerto for violin and orchestra Op. 15- Passacaglia
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Concerto for violin Op. 67- Allegro molto
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Concerto for violin Op. 67- Allegretto
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Concerto for violin Op. 67- Adagio
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Concerto for violin Op. 67- Allegro risoluto
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