Hyperion's Record of the Month for April is the fourth volume in the burgeoning »Romantic Violin Concerto« series. The central work on the disc is Moritz Moszkowski's C major Violin Concerto, a full-blooded Romantic work which demands exceptional virtuosity. An increasing number of recordings, many on the Hyperion label, of this composer's music have done much to lift his reputation beyond that of the »trifling miniaturist«, and the Ballade in G minor amply demonstrates how even a small canvas can aspire to advanced heights of pyrotechnic wizardry.
How much better known might Mieczyslaw Karlowicz have become had he not been struck down in his prime by an avalanche. What works do survive place Karlowicz firmly alongside the »progressive neo-Romantics«—with Wagner and Richard Strauss at their head—and his reputation today is largely based on a set of six symphonic poems composed in the last few years of his life. The Violin Concerto dates from the same period. Karlowicz places considerable demands on the soloist as he exploits the instrument's full potential but, as with Moszkowski's Concerto, the required virtuosity never seems superfluous.
Martyn Brabbins again leads the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, this time in support of Tasmin Little, whose twenty or so recordings and innumerable worldwide concert appearances have won for her an enviable reputation as one of today's leading violinists. This is her first recording for Hyperion.
»One of my discs of the year« (Classic FM Magazine)
»Tasmin Little's idiomatic advocacy of all three works belies the fact that none could be described as standard repertoire ... Handsomely produced and well recorded, this issue makes three very welcome additions to the repertoire« (BBC Music Magazine)
»this disc is yet another jewel in Hyperion's star-studded crown … Enjoyable from start to finish – a disc well worth having« (The Strad)
»This disc is the most impressive installment in Hyperion's Romantic
Concerto Series; superb and most beautifully recorded and played« (musicweb)
FonoForum 10 / 04: »Tasmin Little vereint die angemessen große Geste mit beeindruckender technischer Kontrolle.«