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 Post subject: Karl Goldmark - Violin Concerto in A minor, Op.28
PostPosted: Sat Jan 14, 2017 4:09 pm 
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Anyone heard of this composer? Listening to his Violin Concerto for first time and very impressed! Easy on the ear.


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 Post subject: Re: Karl Goldmark
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Never heard of him but with a name like that I knew he had to be Jewish...!

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Karl_Goldmark

Are you on a mission Judith? ;)

I guess you're familiar with this performance...



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http://www.allmusic.com/composition/vio ... 0002357603

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 Post subject: Re: Karl Goldmark
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Rod Corkin wrote:
Never heard of him but with a name like that I knew he had to be Jewish...!

https://en
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Are you on a mission Judith? ;)

I guess you're familiar with this performance...



Some background notes...
http://www.allmusic.com/composition/vio ... 0002357603


It is on same CD as the Sibelius violin concerto which have had for a while but at the moment, catching up on music that I haven't heard yet and that was one of them!

Like I said, was impressed!


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 Post subject: Re: Karl Goldmark
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Judith wrote:

It is on same CD as the Sibelius violin concerto which have had for a while but at the moment, catching up on music that I haven't heard yet and that was one of them!

Like I said, was impressed!

I'll find some time for it and report back.

Here's another rendition for comparison, one comment writer at YT saying he preferred it to Joshua's rendition..

Violin-Joseph Lendvay, Budapest Festival Orchestra, Conductor:Michael Schonwandt

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 Post subject: Re: Karl Goldmark - Violin Concerto in A minor, Op.28
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Karl Goldmark is now mostly known for his Rustic Wedding Symphony.


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 Post subject: Re: Karl Goldmark - Violin Concerto in A minor, Op.28
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I listened to the two videos of Goldmark’s Violin Concerto in A minor with no great enthusiasm. My apologies to the lovers of violin concertos, and of certain artists in particular, but with the odd exception it isn’t really “my cup of tea!”

So I turned to Digiti’s posting of Karl Goldmark’s “Rustic Wedding Symphony”, conducted by Leonard Bernstein, and was very pleasantly surprised.

This work is an extended symphonic poem and is most descriptive of changing moods and emotions. His orchestral writing is excellent with plenty of instrumental colour and changes of tempo. Bright, rich sound contrasts with quieter smooth silky tones. He is quite the master of depicting mood and emotional changes through his music.

The Central-European Rustic element is very evident in his description of this rural wedding. It is a work with a positive and happy feel.

TMT hit the nail on the head when he guessed at Karl Goldmark’s ethnicitity! He was the son of an Hungarian Jewish Cantor , and was one of a large family of 20. Karl studied violin and later, composition, but this was disrupted by the Revolution of 1848. So in this latter art he became largely self-taught.

He was also known as Karoly Goldmark and later sometimes as Carl Goldmark.

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PS. The styles wouldn't function for me today. Sorry about that!


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 Post subject: Re: Karl Goldmark - Violin Concerto in A minor, Op.28
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I've got this concerto on a Naxos CD that pairs it with the Korngold Violin concerto and I am going to say that of the two I do prefer the Korngold, that moment where the violin just takes flight for the stratosphere in the first movement is unforgettable, that and it being the last in the line that began with Beethovens Violin Concerto.

As to the Goldmark, I've always been fascinated by the alleged 2nd Violin Concerto he left in manuscript (probably for good reasons...) but I would still like to hear it one day if it still exists.

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 Post subject: Re: Karl Goldmark - Violin Concerto in A minor, Op.28
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Graham: I also enjoy the Korngold as well. I have a Hilary Hahn performance. Another violin concerto worth looking into is the one by Samuel Barber.

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 Post subject: Re: Karl Goldmark - Violin Concerto in A minor, Op.28
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Judith wrote:
Anyone heard of this composer? Listening to his Violin Concerto for first time and very impressed! Easy on the ear.

No bad. Romantic (of course) and melodic, but it was the fiddle work that held my interest. Of the vids I found Lendvay's rendition the more stimulating if less 'perfect'. Bell technically has it all and yet there seems to be something missing in the performance pot, the level of engagement is not quite what it could be (despite his continuous motions on stage!). I've read comments to the same effect about Bell numerous time online.

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