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Last Week's Question

Question: The three widely accepted ‘great’ violin concertos (Brahms, Tchaikovsky, Sibelius) are all in D, but two are in major and one in minor. Which one is in the minor?

Answer: Sibelius

Prize details: Tchaikovsky – Violin Concerto in D major Op 35 and Souvenir D’un Lieu Cher Op 42. Tchaikovsky went through quite a run of dedicatees before settling on Adolph Brodsky who gave the first (eventual) performance. An apocryphal quote states that the original version of the violin part was deemed ‘unplayable’; the actual criticism was less severe, but the sentiment stuck in the work’s early receptions. The concerto was written at a difficult point in Tchaikovsky’s life, during his rest-cure following a suicide attempt, an attempt to escape his disastrous marriage. The original middle movement of the concerto was reworked as the first movement, Méditation, of the ‘Souvenir d’un lieu cher’, also featured on this CD. Janine Jansen is a Dutch violinst, who is performed the Tchaikovsky with the NZSO last Friday. On this CD, she performs on the ‘Barrere’ Stradivarius violin, on loan to her, and is accompanied by the Mahler Chamber Orchestra under Daniel Harding.

Tchaikovsky – Violin Concerto in D Major Op 35; Souvenir D’un lieu cher Op 42
Janine Jansen (vln)
Decca 478 0651

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