December 23, 2016

Audiophile Audition Reviews Russian Violin Concertos

“An extraordinary collection of releases.”

Our re-release of Russian Violin Concerto received another wonderful review from Audiophile Audition. This remarkable album marks the recording debut of German violinist Julia Fischer as well as the beginning of her extraordinary partnership with Russian-born conductor Yakov Kreizberg, which would result in numerous PENTATONE releases before the conductor’s untimely death in 2011. Together they tackle three Russian violin concertos which have been tragically overlooked, shedding new light on these masterpieces. Read a passage of the review below.

“None of these pieces are obscure by any means, but it’s fair to say that Ms. Fischer puts new life into them. Her interpretation is both dramatic, but not distracting or idiosyncratic. The Russian National Orchestra is clearly up to the task, with a vibrant and precise performance. Audiowise, this multichannel SACD sounds just fine, with wide dynamic range, rock steady location of the instruments in the front speakers, and a hint of hall ambiance in the rears. The microphone positions sound about 1/3 of the way back in the virtual hall from the orchestra, which seems appropriate for this kind of music.”

Read the complete review here