Violin Concertos (Danish) - Gade, N.W. / Lange-Muller, P.E. / Langgaard, R.

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Violinist Christina Astrand and the Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra begin the program with the Violin Concerto in D minor by Niels Gade. Premiered by none other than Joseph Joachim, the preeminent violinist of the time and close associate of Brahms, the concerto is filled with beautiful, sweeping melodies and Gade's trademark precision in orchestration and an idiomatic but not ostentatious treatment of the solo violin part throughout. Despite its key, the concerto is largely upbeat and optimistic. Though not quite on the level of concertos by some of his contemporaries, Gade's contribution is nevertheless an enjoyable composition that is certainly worthy of more widespread performance. The subsequent concertos by Peter Lange-Muller and Rued Langgaard do not make the same impact; melodies here are less memorable, and the interaction between soloist and orchestra is not as intricate. Langgaard's Concerto is a concerto in title only, with only one movement lasting less than 10 minutes and a minimally important solo part. Still, enthusiasts for uncommon literature are likely to find redeeming qualities.

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